Taylor Swift has shut down an interviewer who asked her sexist questions about her upcoming birthday, noting male artists would not receive the same treatment.
It’s hard to believe, but it’s been seven years since Taylor Swift released her single ’22’, featuring the iconic line, I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling 22.” Now the musical icon is set to enter her 30s with the good grace and positive thinking we all hope to employ.
In fact, back in March, Swift wrote an article for Elle which saw her discuss the “30 Things I Learned Before Turning 30.” In the article, the singer noted how society appears to have vastly different standards when it comes to females ageing.
“I’ve learned that society is constantly sending very loud messages to women that exhibiting the physical signs of ageing is the worst thing that can happen to us,” she wrote. “These messages tell women that we aren’t allowed to age.”
However, it appears an interviewer with Germany’s Deutsche Press-Agentur did not read Taylor Swift’s article, asking the music icon whether turning 30 would be a “turning point” in her life and if she would soon settle down and have kids.
“I really do not think men are asked that question when they turn 30,” Swift replied (according to translated versions of the interview). “So I’m not going to answer that question now.”
While this question didn’t give the interviewer the response they were undoubtedly hoping for, Taylor did take the opportunity to again reflect on the big milestone that is coming her way this December.
“I hear others say that one in his thirties no longer has as much stress and anxiety in life as in my twenties,” she explained. “And I can join in the observation that we are in our twenties looking to gain experience, try things out, fail, make mistakes.”
In related news, Taylor Swift recently made YouTube history with her song ‘ME!’, which broke a 24-hour view count record for a solo or female artist.