Tina Fey to Taylor Swift: 'It Was a Joke'

6:16 AM PST 03/07/2013 by Erin Carlson

The "Admission" star responds to the singer's remark that there's "a special place in hell for women who don't help other women."

While Taylor Swift received an apology from Amy Poehler, she's not getting one from Tina Fey.

In the latest issue of Vanity Fair, the country-pop superstar -- who's the butt of countless jokes for her short-lived, super-public romances with One Direction's Harry Styles, Conor Kennedy and Jake Gyllenhaal, among other famous guys who wind up referenced in her song lyrics -- suggests that Poehler and Fey can, well, go to hell following the duo's Swift-targeted bit at the Golden Globes.

During this year's telecast, hosted by the former SNL co-stars, Fey cracked that Swift, 23, should "stay away from Michael J. Fox's son" and use "some 'me time' to learn about herself." Poehler joked: "Go for it." 

But Swift was far from amused, telling VF: "You know, Katie Couric is one of my favorite people, because she said to me she had heard a quote that she loved that said, ‘There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.'" (Madeleine Albright said that.)

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"If anyone was going to get mad at us, I thought it would be James Cameron," Fey told Entertainment Tonight. "I did not see that one coming. It was a joke, and it was a lighthearted joke. And it's a shame that she didn't take it in the crazy-aunt spirit in which it was intended." (As for Cameron, the Avatar director was the subject of one of Poehler and Fey's most talked-about one-liners of the night, pegged to the controversy over Zero Dark Thirty: "When it comes to torture, I trust the lady who spent three years married to James Cameron.")

In a statement earlier this week to The Hollywood Reporter, Poehler stated: "Aw, I feel bad if she was upset. I am a feminist, and she is a young and talented girl. That being said, I do agree I am going to hell. But for other reasons. Mostly boring tax stuff. "

Meanwhile, Chelsea Handler jumped to their defense.

"I like that [Swift is] being that vociferous about something that she thinks they were out to get her. They were clearly making a joke just about her demeanor, which is embarrassing. I mean, she's just dated so many men," the E! late-night host said Tuesday on Bravo's Watch What Happens.

"My theory about Taylor Swift is that she's a virgin, that everyone breaks up with her because they date her for two weeks and she's like, 'I'm not gonna do it.' And they're like, 'Oh, well, forget it. Then I don't want to date you,'" Handler joked. "Every guy thinks they're going to devirginize her, and they're not. She's never going to get devirginized, ever, ever, ever, ever." 

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