This past weekend the highly anticipated Taylor Swift documentary “Taylor Swift: Miss Americana” premiered on Netflix. “Miss Americana” provides a remarkable inside view into the day-to-day life of one of the world’s biggest pop stars and sheds a light on the intense personal struggles that come along with living in the public eye. Throughout the documentary, Taylor Swift is candid about overcoming an eating disorder, coping with her mother’s cancer diagnosis, and coming to terms with a decade’s worth of harsh criticism from journalists and peers.
Fortunately for Swift, the documentary has encouraged many of her past critics to come forward and apologize for speaking poorly of her in the past. One of the first to apologize was comedian Nikki Glaser, a self-proclaimed “die-hard Swift fan” who is heard in the documentary remarking that Taylor is “too skinny”. Glaser came forward on Instagram to express sincere regret for being a part of the “montage of asshats saying mean things about her” and admitted that her comments may have come from a place of “projection”.
“If you’re familiar with my “work” at all, you know I talk openly about battling some kind of eating disorder for the past 17 years. I was probably “feeling fat” that day and was jealous,” Glaser wrote. Glaser also noted that her new comedy special was partially inspired by Swift’s feminist anthem “The Man”. Swift appeared to accept the heartfelt apology by liking the post and remarking, “I’m so sorry to hear that you’ve struggled with some of the same things I’ve struggled with. Sending a massive hug.”
More apologies have recently rolled in from other people in the documentary’s montage of critics. Journalist Richard S. He took to Twitter to apologize to Swift for an article he wrote in 2016 entitled “Taylor Swift Isn’t Like Other Celebrities, She’s Worse”. He explained that his article was intended to “deconstruct the pettiness of the celebrity-industrial complex” and he expressed his regret that the headline chosen appeared to be overly critical of Swift. He concluded his apology by stating, “I’ve learned so much from Taylor’s artistry over the years, and remain a huge fan”.
A final apology came courtesy of Jenny Johnson, a writer and comedian who appears in the documentary calling Swift, “annoying”. Like Glaser, Johnson took to Instagram to write out a lengthy apology and proclaim her own fandom of Swift. Johnson claimed that her comments had been made in jest and blamed the “magic of editing” for making her look like a “bitter news anchor who doesn’t support women”. Johnson also expressed sympathy for Swift over her mother’s cancer diagnosis and stated, “please know I’m not against you, I’m with you and I apologize”.