Taylor Swift may be very proud of her girl squad, and one would think pretty much anyone and everyone would love to be one of Taylor Swift’s closest pals. Not Moretz. Hollywood Life has reported that Chloe is not really in favor of it. She does think Taylor is a “very talented person,” but that did not mean she was going to take up on the offer Miss Swift extended.
“They appropriate exclusivity,” she told Complex magazine. “They’re cliques!”
It seems like Chloe is a staunch feminist and does not believe in squads because they promote segregation.
“It’s not just about women being powerful,” she gushed. “It’s about races being powerful; genders being powerful,” Moretz goes on to say.
It must be said that she does make a good point.
And it’s not just Chloe Grace who has a problem with this exclusivity and segregation. There are several other female celebrities who have spoken out against Taylor Swift’s girl squad.
Just Jared interviewed Rowan Blanchard, who had an interesting take on the promotion of girl squads as flag bearers of feminism. It goes on to say that the squads have a very polarizing effect.
“It makes feminism look very one dimensional. Feminism is so multilayered and complex that it can be frustrating when the media and the celebrities involved in it make feminism and ‘squads’ feel like this very happy, exclusive, perfect thing. There’s so much more than that. ‘Squad goals’ can polarize anyone who is not white, thin, tall and always happy.”
Happy international women's day from some of the most powerful women of our generation... Taylor Swift and her squad pic.twitter.com/iwF0dhFxy0— colleen :) (@Collharvey99) March 8, 2016
The website goes on to make a few more good points, saying that feminism and female friendship is important, but “squads” are not the right way to go about it.
“Of course female friendship is a beautiful thing. It’s insanely powerful… Sisterhood is something so valid and important when you are growing up that I literally think the essence of it should be taught in schools. But, the ‘squads’ we see in the media are very polarizing. Feminism and friendship are supposed to be inclusive, and most of these ‘squads’ are strictly exclusive.”
Miley Cyrus said in an interview with the New York Times that she is not really happy with the concept of girl squads either. She says she is not trying to be in a squad and that none of her friends are famous.
“I’m not trying to be in the squad… None of my friends are famous and not because of any other reason than I just like real people who are living real lives, because I’m inspired by them.”
Dayna Evans for Gawker put it more not-so-subtly when she said Taylor Swift was not your friend and that she was here to make money.
However, her friends have a somewhat different perspective. Selena Gomez told Billboard that Taylor Swift made her feel empowered. She goes on to say that they did “girly stuff” and liked it.
“Taylor makes me feel empowered, like I can trust new people. All of those girls are so dope. We ran around taking pictures, changing dresses, dancing — super-cliche girly stuff, but it rocked. The way she cares about women is so adamant. It’s pulling me out of my shell.”
Gigi Hadid, also a part of the squad, is all praise for her friend Taylor Swift as well. She goes on to say that squad goals are all about the power everyone has when they are together. Well, there are many arguments here!
Do you support the Taylor Swift squad? Do you think it is doing anything for women’s empowerment?
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