Meanwhile, Swift is attempting to copyright the word "Swiftmas"
Do you use the word "Swiftmas" freely and without a care in the world? Well, you won't for much longer.
Back in January of this year, Swift managed to copyright the phrases "this sick beat" and "Nice to meet you, where you been?", and she's continuing this trademark extravaganza on the English language this week.
On December 3rd, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announced that Swift is attempting to copyright the words and phrases "Blank Space", "A Girl Named Girl", "Swiftmas" and a specifically stylized version of "1989".
For those not in the know, that's a song title, an as-yet-unpublished novel, some kind of Swift-specific Christmas, and her album title.
On a not really related note, famed feminist Camille Paglia has called Swift a "Nazi Barbie" after the back of her revolving door #SQUAD that gets wheeled out regularly during her world tour.
In her essay for The Hollywood Reporter, Paglia states that "Swift herself should retire that obnoxious Nazi Barbie routine of wheeling out friends and celebrities as performance props, an exhibitionist overkill that Lara Marie Schoenhals brilliantly parodied in her scathing viral video “Please Welcome to the Stage.” (which you can watch below)
Paglia continues: "In our wide-open modern era of independent careers, girl squads can help women advance if they avoid presenting a silly, regressive public image — as in the tittering, tongues-out mugging of Swift's bear-hugging posse."
So do you agree? Is Swift's #SQUAD a little repressive? Or is all good, harmless fun?