Katy Perry is now saying publicly that Taylor Swift “started” their feud and now it’s time for her to finish it.
But she’s expecting an apology after releasing Swish Swish, a not-so-nice but catchy track about Taylor, which is just perpetuating the feud.
In a Carpool Karaoke special, Katy openly discussed the beef between the two, admitting there is “a situation” that has gotten out of hand.
"That's true, there is a situation," Katy, 32, tells host James Corden. "Honestly, it's really like she started it and it's time for her to finish it. She wouldn't speak to me. I do the right thing anytime that it feels like a fumble. It was a full shut-down and then she writes a song about me and I'm like 'OK, cool, cool, cool. That's how you wanna deal with it?’ But, what I wanna say is that I'm ready for that B.S. to be done," Perry continued. "Now, there is the law of cause and effect. You do something and there's going to be a reaction. And trust me daddy, there's going to be a reaction. It's all about karma."
Katy says she "tried to talk to [Taylor] about it" on the phone, to no avail.
Their beef had escalated in 2014 when Taylor wrote her own revenge song, Bad Blood, about her non-relationship with Katy. Upon the song’s release, Katy tweeted a Mean Girls reference about Taylor, writing, “Watch out for the Regina George in sheep’s clothing.”
When James Corden asked Katy on Monday if there was a way to put all this nonsense to rest, she replied, "I think personally that women together, not divided, and like none of this petty s**t. Women together will heal the world."
But these two are doing exactly the opposite.
Donna Clark Love, an international bully prevention expert, who has created successful bully prevention and intervention programs in schools across America, says the pop stars’ feud has been affecting teenage girls who look up to them as role models.
“Katy Perry and Taylor Swift fighting has been harmful in schools I work in, with teenage girls it’s extremely damaging for them to take this so public,” Donna explains. “What’s happening is these young women and girls see Katy and Taylor being mean to each other and it becomes, cool, acceptable.”
Donna has to reverse the damage with classes on how to work out differences, even if you don’t like the person you have to deal with.
“I teach them to agree to disagree how to be around people, and maybe not like them, but to like yourself for how you treat them,” she says. “Attacking each other on social media and on talk shows is making it very public and they are both modeling bad behavior.”
Their “little war” has a ripple effect, explains Donna, because both Katy and Taylor have fought hard as artists and women to have their voices heard around the world, and their messages are taken seriously.
“They can still make money and take the high road. Agree to disagree. They can decide they don’t like each other with out competing and comparing. They need to respect each other’s platforms in order to be good role models. I’d tell them ‘you may not like this girl, but you can learn to behave in a respectful manner.”
Many teen girls and younger think it’s “funny” and the destruction starts to reach into the schools when the "haves" bully the "have nots," says Donna.
“Then there are girls who can navigate all different cliques and that’s healthy and they know who they are as people. As for those who can’t [Katy and Taylor] calling each other names is really doing harm. Kids are watching. They choose sides, then they argue.”
“Katy and Taylor could really take this feud and make it into something really beautiful [for young women.] They both say they want to be role models, they can both be a great influence on kids.”
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