6 Celebs Who Aren’t Afraid to Shade Taylor Swift’s Squad
If you care about pop culture to any extent, thenÂ you have an opinion on Taylor Swiftâ€™s squad, the young, gorgeous, relevant, and mostlyÂ caucasian celebrities Taylor publicly hangs out with at award shows and holidays.
While some people canâ€™t see anything wrong with Taylorâ€™s focus on promoting the female friendships in her life, there are people out there whose eyes immediately start rolling at the mere mention of the word â€œsquad.â€
Maybe itâ€™s because once T Swift touches anything it becomes uncool overnight, or maybe itâ€™s because all her friendships seem kind of fake and elitist â€” a way for Taylor to capitalize on society’s current obsession with girl power and feminism while also helping her shed her boy-obsessed, mean girl image, even as sheÂ becomes an increasingly visible figurehead of America’s most prominent clique.
T Swift’s squad may stand for girl power, but it also stands for feuds, evidenced by her squad’s public debut in the music video for “Bad Blood.”
And yet, somehow T Swift’s squad remains a national touchstone of friendship goals.
It’s genuinely perplexing and complicated, but here are sixÂ celebs who aren’t afraid to shade T Swift’s squad publicly.
1. Hailey Baldwin
â€œI don’t know what having a squad means. I just have my friends and that’s it,â€ Hailey Baldwin shared in her exclusive interview with the well-known outlet Yahoo7 Be. â€œI don’t think that you need to create a public squad. I don’t know what that proves. So I don’t really understand the Taylor Swift squad at all.”
2. Miley Cyrus
“Iâ€™m not trying to be in the squad,” Miley told the NY Times. “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 Iâ€™m inspired by them.”
Of course, this isn’t strictly true. Some of Miley’s friends are actually famous, at least in some circles â€” Stella Maxwell, Wayne Coyne, Zoe Kravitz â€” butÂ whatever. She’s just being Miley.
3. Demi Lovato
â€œIâ€™m also ready for self-proclaimed feminists to start speaking out or taking action for womenâ€™s rights,â€ Demi said, giving Taylor some thinly veiled shade in an interview withÂ Glamour. â€œTake something to Capitol Hill or actually speak out about something and then Iâ€™ll be impressed.â€
4. Troian Bellisario
I’m so appalled by what I consider to be her false feminism. It seems like she’s this person who’s like, ‘Sisterhood!’ and then she does nothing but tear down the women that were once her friends,â€ Troian told Cosmopolitan.
5. Â Rowan Blanchard
â€œOf course female friendship is a beautiful thing. Itâ€™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,” the always wise beyond her years star told Just Jared JR.Â “But, the â€˜squadsâ€™ we see in the media are very polarizing. Feminism and friendship are supposed to be inclusive, and most of these â€˜squadsâ€™ are strictly exclusive.â€
â€œIt 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 â€œsquadsâ€ feel like this very happy, exclusive, perfect thing. Thereâ€™s so much more than that. â€˜Squad goalsâ€™ can polarize anyone who is not white, thin, tall and always happy.”
6. Chloe Grace Moretz
â€œI agree with having a good core group of friends, but the issue I have with squads is it creates exclusivity,â€ Chloe explained toÂ Nylon. â€œI was never included in those things when I was a kid. I was the weird one that chose to do movies, so now I go out of my way to be nice to people and make them feel included.â€
Granted, that’s exactly the line that Taylor Swift would probably use â€” remember, she still wants us to think she’s the dorky ugly duckling and not the popular, beautiful swan who gets Hot Topic makeovers from Anna Wintour just because â€”but at least this is one Chloe Grace Moretz position only makes us want to roll our eyesÂ a little.