Swift Boats and a Navel, Not Naval, Maneuver


Instagram/Taylor Swift
Instagram/Taylor Swift

Swift boats are back in the news. Not the ones that brought John Kerry so much grief. This is about a different navel – nope, not naval – incident. It seems pop sensation Taylor Swift was  vacationing with some pals in Hawaii and had a paparazzi problem.

Having vowed never to expose her belly button, Swift decided to do just that in order to undercut the paparazzi. It seems that while out whale watching on the Swift boat, the bikini clad girls noticed a boat of photographers with long lenses. These were no doubt snapping away at Taylor’s navel; the photographers, not the whales. Putting two and two together the ladies came to the conclusion that Swift’s belly button was soon to be on public display.

They hastily – odd that in this case navel gazing was actually productive –  posed for their own bikini shot and promptly posted it to Instagram …

They hastily – odd that in this case navel gazing was actually productive –  posed for their own bikini shot and promptly posted it to Instagram thereby cutting the value of any other shots of Swift’s innie.

Swift told BBC 1’s Breakfast Show “My security gets out the binoculars and sees that they have a huge long lens camera,” she said. “At which point, we go back to the beach and realize, ‘OK, so they got pictures of us in our bikinis.’ I don’t want them to make, like, $100,000…for a bikini shot. And so we’re like, ‘Get up on the bow of the boat: we’re taking better bikini shots so that they don’t make as much money on theirs.”

Like, pure spite. Those folks are trying to make a living.

Previously she had told Lucky Magazine “I don’t like showing my belly button. When you start showing your belly button then you’re really committing to the midriff thing. I only partially commit to the midriff thing”.

Committing to the midriff thing? Huh?

I have often wondered about the relationship that has long existed between paparazzi and celebrities. It is often a love-hate sort of affair. With very few exceptions one needs the other. But the celebrities must always appear to hate the photographers; such a nuisance, always following me around (but please don’t go)! In an ideal world the paparazzi would boycott Ms. Swift in protest.

DCS_Grad_2 DCMontreal – Deegan Charles Stubbs – is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and an occasional Frean and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! Please follow DC on Twitter @DCMontreal and on Facebook, and add him on Google+
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