Taylor Swift is a busy woman. She’s currently traveling the states on her Reputation World Tour, performing her heart out and surprising fans with special guests like Troye Sivan and her BFF Selena Gomez. And if that wasn’t enough, on Sunday, May 27th, she performed a set at BBC’s Biggest Weekend in Swansea. Swift puts a ton of sweat into her live performances — literally. So you can imagine why people were offended on her behalf after an interviewer told her to take a shower. Who does that?!
“I think you need to have a shower now,” BBC 1 reporter Greg James told Swift after her Biggest Weekend set. Even though James meant the comment lightheartedly, it might not have been the best way to joke around with the singer.
Swift, being the total pro she is, didn’t appear offended. “I agree, and I’m not offended that you said that,” she replied casually. “There’s a lot going on and none of it’s good here.”
Even though Taylor laughed it off, her fans weren’t having it. And they’re absolutely correct — performers put so much into their stage shows, and commenting on their smell is simply disrespectful. Especially if they take time to speak with you right after entertaining such a large crowd. Plus, this was Swift’s first recorded interview in years. So the cringe-worthy comment feels extra inappropriate.
Unsurprisingly, Swifties are outraged.
Still, others think the whole thing was blown out of proportion.
Either way, it’s an important reminder for reporters to think twice before using someone’s appearance as a joke to conclude an interview. Why not focus on the positive?