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Vanessa Carlton Threw Shade On Taylor Swift Then Ruined It Two Seconds Later

Who knew Vanessa Carlton was such a savage?

One of the biggest celebrity talking points of 2017 has been the return of Taylor Swift. But it’s her politics, not her music, that’s caused the most debate — because for the length of his political career, Swift has remained completely silent on the election on Donald Trump.

Her refusal to condemn the US President has attracted considerable criticism from fans and outlets like Junkee (hi!), but other celebrities have mostly refrained from calling her out. That is, until now.

Today, Vanessa Carlton — she of ‘A Thousand Miles’ fame — used her Instagram story to throw shade on Taylor Swift. And we mean really throw shade:

Huge, right?

Unfortunately, Carlton’s next Instagram story… hasn’t aged very well:

 

To really drive the point home, she also Tweeted this:

Uhhh. Umm.

Okay, let’s back up. As you’ve probably heard, over the past week Miramax executive Harvey Weinstein has been slammed with decades worth of sexual harassment allegations, first detailed in a bombshell story by The New York Times. Since that article came out five days ago, he’s been fired from his own company and condemned by high-profile actors like Rose McGowan, while more victims have continued to come forward.

Carlton has been very active on Twitter about the Weinstein case, praising Meryl Streep and George Clooney for speaking out, and slamming Weinstein’s very weird public statement. Which is good!

But painting Gwyneth Paltrow as the enemy here is pretty unfair, not least because one man’s sexual misconduct is not the fault or personal responsibility of any woman.

And, also, because right after Carlton posted that Instagram story, the The New York Times posted a follow-up piece in which Paltrow and other actors went on the record about their own alleged incidents of sexual harassment at the hands of Harvey Weinstein.

In the story, Paltrow revealed that Weinstein allegedly made sexual advances towards her in a Beverly Hills hotel when she was 22 and had just scored the lead role in Miramax production Emma. “I was a kid, I was signed up, I was petrified,” she said.

Which makes the Instagram post a pretty awkward fuck-up for Vanessa Carlton.


Carlton quickly realised her error and praised Paltrow for speaking up, explaining she hadn’t seen The New York Times piece.

“I had no idea,” she said in a reply to a Twitter follower.  “I’m an ass for jumping the gun. I’m so relieved that Gwyneth spoke out and I can’t believe this happened to her.”

“So mortified about how wrong I got this. I had no idea Gwyneth was a victim,” she said in another tweet. “I wish none of these women had to go through this. I’m relieved it’s all coming to light. Everyone is talking.”

Might be time to log off, Vanessa.