Taking the throne inevitably means bumping off the old queen, and Charli XCX was more than willing to hip-check Taylor Swift in a feature crowning her as the future of pop stars. XCX unfavorably painted Swift's audience as a bunch of children in a cover story interview with Pitchfork.
XCX was asked about her time on tour with Swift, and the indiesphere's beloved pop singer didn't hold back her feelings about tagging along with Taylor. "I'm really grateful that [Taylor] asked me on that tour," she said. "But as an artist, it kind of felt like I was getting up on stage and waving to 5-year-olds."
Swift's fans aren't known for being a forgiving bunch and they instantly circled the wagons at the first sign of Charli's attack. They didn't appreciate the characterization and came with all the "Who are you again?" energy you might expect from the footsoldiers of a fan army for one of the biggest artists on the planet.
charli at taylor's house next year asking taylor to let her open her tour again because she can't afford rent and has to sleep at her mom's basement pic.twitter.com/lqOIw4xpYn— euge (@yntcaImdown) August 6, 2019
taylor swift to Charli xbox after her pitchfork interview pic.twitter.com/lRz36ddYYd— L (@__THESTORYOFUS) August 6, 2019
While that is to be expected, what might shock people is all of the fans who are willing to give Charli the benefit of the doubt. Plenty of Twitter users took Charli's words in good faith and interpreted them as the singer explaining the difference between performing for Taylor Swift's audience and performing for her own.
ATTENTION SWIFTIES— ImMmercedesD BACKUP // no need to follow this acc (@ImMercedesDxxxx) August 6, 2019
charli was NOT attacking you she was making a comparison of the difference between the usual crowds she performs for and taylor's crowd.
she clearly said 5 years old because of how vastly tame a taylor swift crowd is from her normal wild crowd.
Taylor literally said “hey kids!” In the bridge of the lead single for lover and y’all are getting mad at charli for calling us 5??? Miss swift dragged us first 😓— molls (@1989sheerans) August 6, 2019
charli xcx: expressing her discomfort with the songs she had to choose and way she had to alter herself as a person and artist while she opened on reputation tour— scarlet (@sahirscarlet) August 6, 2019
taylor swift stans: charli deserves to DIE
Like Swift, Charli XCX is in album rollout mode for her upcoming Charli. And she's mostly over the idea of opening for anyone, which the full piece spelled out. "I’ve done so much of it, and it really cemented my status as this underdog character, which I like now,” she said. “But I need to just own my own fucking shit finally.”
Read the full feature here.