Over the course of her 1989 World Tour, Taylor Swift has invited many of her “friends” to join her on stage. However, with each passing date, the “friend” has reached new levels of absurdity; appearances from Lorde and Jason DeRulo earlier in the tour have given way to the likes of Fetty Wap, Julia Roberts, and Joan Baez.
This prompted Gawker to recently publish an article titled “Taylor Swift is Not Your Friend” in which Dayna Evans writes, “When Taylor Swift does the mega-pop stardom act, she does it to the tilt. Swift has to be the person with the prettiest friends, the biggest records, the most popular and successful and groanworthily obvious boyfriend. The underdog narrative that the Swift machine has built is one of forced falsehoods; Swift is not coming from behind. She’s been ahead since she started. And watching her collect best friends during a moment in history when womanhood is finally beginning to feel valued does not only feel uncomfortable—it feels evil.”
Last night’s concert at the Staples Center in Los Angeles will do little to negate Evans’ theory. To mark her 16th sold-out show at the arena, Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant joined Swift on-stage to present her with her very own championship banner. They also hugged as best friends will do.