In the latest episode of Shut Up, You Nincompoop Journalist someone asked Taylor Swift a very personal question. Sigh.
Foot. In. Mouth.
Yup. A reporter from Germany’s Deutsche Presse-Agentur really hadn’t done their research when they got to a particularly ill-advised question on their list during an interview with high-profile singer Taylor Swift.
That particular journalist figured that asking something sexist was way better than using their time to pose insightful or intelligent questions to the 29-year-old superstar.
Instead, they noted that the Reputation singer would be turning 30 later this year and asked her if, now that she was about to hit that milestone, she was thinking about settling down and having children.
Taylor’s response was a polite and pointed burn.
“I really do not think men are asked that question when they turn 30. So I’m not going to answer that question now.” Oooof.
We’re not into this sort of reproductive probing and Taylor’s fans on Instagram were NOT here for this line of questioning either.
“German TV, you had one job … to ask her about her music and what she may has planned. Asking personal questions is none of our business,” one commented.
“Why do they even ask stuff like this???” another person posted in disgust.
“Yes girl, you tell them,” someone else summed up.
This is the latest in a long line of stupid questions and intrusive commentary directed at Taylor, which almost always centres on her relationships. #Nobody’sBusiness
"I really do not think men are asked that question when they turn 30. So I'm not going to answer that question now." – Taylor when asked if she's thinking of settling down and having kids soon (@RTLde)
— Taylor Swift Updates (@TSUpdatesNY) May 24, 2019
Taylor’s not the first high profile woman who’s been inappropriately quizzed about baby plans.
In fact, there are whole listicles on the internet devoted to famous women who have not had children, which is in itself a bit bonkers because it assumes having babies is the default.
Do you think there are similar lists for “famous childless men”? The answer is an unsurprising “no”.
Let’s face it, this sort of chatter is really nobody’s business – whether it’s aimed at a famous person or a non-famous type. Best to rethink those lazy questions and shake up those ideas that all women are here to have babies.