Fans of Taylor Swift have absolutely throttled Netflix’s new coming-of-age series Ginny & Georgia online, after its main character said a “lazy, deeply sexist joke” about the artist on the show.
On Tuesday, Swift tweeted a screenshot of the joke: “What do you care? You go through men faster than Taylor Swift.”
The line in question was spoken by Ginny (Antonia Gentry) during an argument with her mother, Georgia (Brianne Howey). While some viewers defended the joke as snarky dialogue between mother and daughter, others simply pointed out how disrespectful, sexist, and dated the line is. It really is something you’d hear in a dumb late-night talk show monologue in 2010.
Swift, who has long been vilified for her dating history, has been in a relationship with actor Joe Alwyn for at least four years.
“Hey Ginny & Georgia, 2010 called and it wants its lazy, deeply sexist joke back,” Swift wrote. “How about we stop degrading hard working women by defining this horse shirt as FuNnY.
“Also, Netflix after Miss Americana this outfit doesn’t look cute on you.”
She concluded with a broken-heart emoji: “Happy Women’s History Month I guess.”
Hey Ginny & Georgia, 2010 called and it wants its lazy, deeply sexist joke back. How about we stop degrading hard working women by defining this horse shit as FuNnY. Also, @netflix after Miss Americana this outfit doesn’t look cute on you ???? Happy Women’s History Month I guess pic.twitter.com/2X0jEOXIWp
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) March 1, 2021
Miss Americana is Swift’s documentary, which premiered on Netflix. In it, the award-winning artist opened up about the sexism she endured from the media, fellow artists, and celebrities.
“I’m trying to be as educated as possible on how to respect people, on how to de-program the misogyny in my own brain,” she says in the doco. “Toss it out, reject it, and resist it.
“Like, there is no such thing as a slut. There is no such thing as a bitch. There is no such thing as someone who’s bossy, there’s just a boss.”
Ginny & Georgia has since taken a hit in its ratings on Rotten Tomatoes and Google. On the former, the audience score currently sits on 10%, while Google users rated the series 1.7 stars out of 5.
In comparison, the critic rating for the series on Rotten Tomatoes sits on 65%, with most of the industry’s blue ticks describing it as a sometimes messy, soapy drama about family.
The audience reviews speak for themselves.
For what it’s worth, fans of the show have tried to combat the onslaught of negative reviews on the platform, leaving five-star ratings.
Netflix has yet to publicly comment on the backlash, however its latest post on Twitter has been flooded with disappointed and angry Swifties.