’30 Rock’ fans think Taylor Swift’s ‘Anti-Hero’ features a funny reference to the show
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By Lauren Huff October 21, 2022 at 06: 24 PM EDT
Swift’s 10th studio album Midnights was just released, and with it, the record’s first official single, “Anti-Hero.” The music video for the track about Swift grappling with her insecurities was released Friday morning, and one lyric from the song in particular has caught people’s attention.
Swift sings, “Sometimes it feels like everyone is a sexy child, and I’m a beast on the hill.” Too big to hang out, slowly lurching towards your favorite city. Pierced through the heart, but never killed. ” When taken at its surface, the metaphor that the singer-songwriter is using is quite clear: She feels like everyone is the beautiful, young thing, and she’s the untouchable monster. Swift previously stated in a behind-the-scenes explanation on her social media that Anti-Hero was “a guided tour of her insecurities”, including her fears that her life has become “unmanageably sized”. “)
But, fans of the beloved sitcom 30 Rock were quick to catch on to the “sexy baby” lyric in particular. In season 5 episode 16 of the show, titled “TGS Hates Women,” Tina Fey‘s character Liz Lemon hires a female comic named Abby (Cristin Milioti) as an addition to the writers’ room to combat claims of misogyny at the show, but is put off by Abby’s style and demeanor. In a hilarious exchange between the two women Liz confronts Abby about Abby’s childish appearance and baby voice. She tells her that she can stop the sexy baby act. Abby responds memorably, “The sexy child thing isn’t a joke… I’m a very sexy child. The clip is below.
If the lyric is a not-so-subtle wink to 30 Rock, it would be an interesting feather in the cap of a years-long joke war between Swift and Fey. It started after Swift told Vanity Fair in 2013 that “There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women” in response to that year’s Golden Globes hosts, Fey and Amy Poehler, poking fun at the singer’s string of rumored romances, joking she should stay away from Michael J. Fox’s son, who was serving as Mr. Golden Globes that night.
Fey called back to the incident during hosting the Globes in the following year and told Poehler, “I love You, and there’s an extra place in hell just for you!” And, in 2016, Tituss Burgess’ character Titus Andromedon on Fey’s show Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt even says, “There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women,” another likely reference to the earlier issue.
At the 2020 Golden Globes, Poehler and Swift seemed to officially end the feud from seven years prior when they presented together. The pair performed a bit on stage that created tension, but ended in them coming together over a mutual passion for animation. This seemed to end all the spoofing… at least until now. Swift loves pop culture references and Easter eggs.
Reps for Swift, Fey and Milioti did not immediately respond to EW’s request for comment.
Midnights (2022 album)
Taylor Swift’s 10th studio album, covering the stories of 13 sleepless nights scattered throughout the singer-songwriter’s life.
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