The glitz and glamour of the 81st Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills were momentarily interrupted by a joke that fell flat for pop sensation Taylor Swift. Hosted by comedian Jo Koy, the event witnessed a viral moment when Koy’s jest about Swift’s frequent camera appearances at NFL games didn’t quite resonate with the singer.
During the live broadcast, Koy took a light-hearted jab, drawing a comparison between the Golden Globes and the NFL, humorously implying that Swift gets less airtime at the former. His quip centered on Swift’s regular appearances when supporting her boyfriend, Travis Kelce, the Kansas City Chiefs’ tight end.
“The big difference between the Golden Globes and the NFL? At the Golden Globes, we have fewer camera shots of Taylor Swift,” joked Koy.
As the camera panned to Swift in the audience, her reaction was unmistakable. The singer seemed unimpressed, pursing her lips and adopting a deadpan expression, while the audience chuckled and gasped at the moment.
Afterward, in an interview with ET’s Denny Directo at Billboard’s Golden Globes after-party, Koy addressed the viral moment, seemingly unfazed by Swift’s response.
“Aww, man, it was cute. I was just saying it was cute,” Koy responded to Directo’s inquiry about the joke. “I was just saying it’s less cutaways, that’s all.”
Directo playfully suggested that perhaps Swift was simply thirsty for champagne when the camera caught her taking a sip, to which Koy replied with a lighthearted “Aww, man,” shaking Directo’s hand and smiling.
While Swift’s reaction might have appeared less than enthusiastic, Koy seemed content with his hosting duties and highlighted the impressive sweep of wins by the AAPI (Asian American Pacific Islander) community during the awards.
“It’s not just one, it’s for all of us,” Koy remarked on the significance of the AAPI wins.
Swift, who has previously addressed the backlash over the NFL’s frequent coverage of her presence at Kelce’s games, shared her perspective in Time’s Person of the Year profile.
“I’m just there to support Travis. I have no awareness of if I’m being shown too much and pissing off a few dads, Brads, and Chads,” Swift stated.
The incident at the Golden Globes not only brought attention to the intersection of humor and celebrity visibility but also raised discussions about the impact of public scrutiny on high-profile figures like Swift. While some viewed Koy’s joke as harmless banter, others debated the fine line between jest and potential discomfort in the public eye.
As the moment continues to spark conversations, it underscores the complexities of navigating humor in the spotlight and the differing perceptions of its effects within the realm of entertainment and celebrity culture.