Jewish group criticise feminist writer Camille Paglia for Taylor Swift ‘Nazi Barbie’ comments

The B'nai B'rith Anti-Defamation Commission label Paglia's remarks as 'obscene and insensitive'

Leading feminist author Camille Paglia has been condemned for recent remarks which saw her compare Taylor Swift to the Nazi party.

Paglia recently penned a think piece last week in which she critiqued Swift’s modern brand of ‘girl squad’ feminism and portrays her as elitist and self-gratifying. Paglia referred to Swift as an “obnoxious Nazi Barbie” and said that she represents “a scary flashback to the fascist blondes who ruled the social scene during my youth”.

Now, chairman of Australian Jewish group the B’nai B’rith Anti-Defamation Commission, Dr Dvir Abramovich, has labelled Paglia’s references to Nazism and fascism as “obscene and insensitive”.

“While Paglia is entitled to her views about Taylor Swift’s music and performance, her absurd and offensive comparison of Swift to the Nazis, whose genocidal policies and actions resulted in the systematic persecution and slaughter of six million Jews and millions of others in the Holocaust, betrays an ignorance of what really happened in Hitler’s Third Reich,” Dr Abramovich said, as reported by the Sydney Morning Herald.

“Such obscene and insensitive equations have no place in our cultural discourse and only serve to demean and trivialise the memory and suffering of the victims… They are also hurtful to Holocaust survivors, their families, as well as to those who fought bravely against the Nazis in World War II”.


Abramovich called for a public apology from both Paglia and The Hollywood Reporter.

“We call on The Hollywood Reporter to repudiate the article, and would urge Ms Paglia to apologise and to refrain from using such Holocaust imagery in the future.”

It wasn’t the first time Paglia criticised Swift publicly, having previously referred to the star in another piece for The Hollywood Reporter in 2012. She wrote at the time: “There’s Taylor Swift, America’s latest sweetheart, beaming beatifically in all her winsome 1950s glory from the cover of Parade magazine in the Thanksgiving weekend newspapers. In TV interviews, Swift affects a ‘golly, gee whiz’ persona of cultivated blandness and self-deprecation, which is completely at odds with her shrewd glam dress sense.

“Her themes are mainly complaints about boyfriends, faceless louts who blur in her mind as well as ours. Swift’s meandering, snippy songs make 16-year-old Lesley Gore’s 1963 hit ‘It’s My Party (And I’ll Cry if I Want to)’ seem like a towering masterpiece of social commentary, psychological drama and shapely concision.”

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