When Forbes released its annual list of Hollywood’s highest-paid women in October, it was no surprise that Oprah Winfrey passed everyone else by a mile. Her vast media empire, pulling in $165 million last year, swamped her nearest competitor, Britney Spears, whose earnings from music, TV and product endorsements totaled a distant second at $58 million. Spears’ career has made a spectacular recovery after what seemed like a squalid death spiral just a few short years ago -- but she’s being given a run for her money by the new gals in town.
I felt like the author just couldn´t stand that Swift is a nice girl with a clean cut image. I am glad that Swift has maintained a clean image while swimming in that sewer. You go girl. camille would prefer no nice girls in hollywood so that the s luts don´t seem so bad in comparison.
Camille´s writing style isn´t for the average reader, but I could kiss her for coming up with the phrase "good-girl mask over trash and flash." Fits Katy, Britney, and all the rest perfectly. Except Taylor, who shouldn´t even be grouped in with this group. And no matter what one might think of ANY of these so-called singers, they´re at least working, rehearsing, and performing to make millions of bucks - unlike the lipsticked drove of Kardashian pigs.
i usually like Paglia but I could not makes heads or tails out of that article. Pop female singers have almost ALWAYS been judged on their appearance. Janice Joplin and Momma Cass are rare exceptions and NO ONE like them has sprouted up on the pop scene since their deaths.
This is an odd article... She really had me scratching my head when she started in on Rihanna. Rihanna dresses like a tramp, sings about bondage, and is back with the thug who tried to beat her to death and Paglia thinks she should be held up as a strong, feminist icon? Taylor Swift dresses nicely, smiles a lot and sings about love and she´s ruining women?
I agree Hollywood is not a good influence on teenage girls (duh) and her point about the lack of mature, realistic older women in film is an interesting one. But J-lo´s butt? Huh?? I´m lost.
I´m afraid those sticking up for Swift and/or Perry have missed Paglia´s point.
Taylor Swift appears to get a pass from many red-staters because she came in through the door marked ´country.´
Paglia is not chiding them for being women - she is chiding them for leaning on vapid girly-girl personas and intentionally dumbed-down three-chord songs. In the old days it was called bubblegum and nobody, including the producers, took it seriously. Today´s Taylor Swift is yesterday´s Rachel Sweet.
But today´s bubblegum involves heaps of cash and Grammy awards handed out to autotuned poppets whose material is regularly ghostwritten despite claims of authorship.
re Paglia´s mention of Swift. I liked her too. Then I realized all her songs are her life. She "dates" a lotta guys, then when they break up she writes guy bashing songs about them. She is starting to look a bit jaded about the eyes. She´s a beautiful girl with a fantastic talent, I hope she settles down.
There was no more vapid and shallow "pop tart" than Madonna. Thirty years later she´s still cavorting around in racy outfits and using the same "shock" tactics she was when she was relevant yet she is one of Paglia´s heroes!
Today´s stars are NO MORE vapid or LESS musically talented than Madonna was and is. I read this article again and I still don´t get it.
Don´t know who two of them are, and I´m not influenced by the third.
Good God, our society has become so vapid. There are now thousands of people whose names we´re all supposed to know. Why? So we can all cringe the next time they turn The Star Spangled Banner into a crappy pop-music song?
Short version of this odd article - Swift and Perry are ruining women because they´re less trashy than Rihanna, J Lo and Beyonce. Oh, and Swift and Perry are white which is bad because for some reason, the old broad who wrote the article doesn´t like white chicks who sing.
I don´t need Camile to drive the point home. These two women have tried hard to become the objects envisioned by Hollywood, the liberal media, and those who value a world without morality.
Both of them thought to be ´good ol´ fashion Christian girls have been used by the left to debase women in every respect. And the worse part is that they are both game. Swift´s dizzying bed hopping is outright embarrasing. They´ll be no objections from her family as she is the cash cow. Katie´s apparent abandonment of her faith seems surreal. It´s fame and millions of $$ or my conscience and morality. We know how they chose. Slime and filth is OK in Hollywood when directed at women.
The two combined have slept with so many men, I don´t know what real man in his right mind would take these woman to be their wives. They are soiled and rotten to the core literally and figuratively.
They are not alone. Add all the women involved in the silly realiy shows, music, and entertainment industry. They all do the required roll in the mud to get somewhere. That the Kardasian women have become multimillionaires solely on a home made porno tape and then they command the attention of presidents and ambassadors tells you how deep we sunk as a nation and as human beings.
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