In case you I forgot, government officials love to get mad at Taylor Swift. Remember when the FBI encouraged reporting through its lyrics? Now we have a new low: Pennsylvania House lawmakers are debating whether to recognize 2023 as the “Taylor Swift Era.”

Chamber Resolution 282 was approved with 103 votes yes and 100 against. It was presented by deputy Danielle Friel Otten – who tweeted enthusiastically after it passed – as well as Robert Freeman, Jennifer O'Mara, Arvind Venkat, Johanny Cepeda-Freytiz, Benjamin V. Sanchez, Jose Giral and Maureen E. Madden.

But the 11-hour video of the house session (which took place on December 13, Swift's 34th birthday) is too great to ignore. Watch below at the 6:43:00 mark.

Rep. Wendy Fink was the first to object, standing up to deliver some intense math. “There are 265 resolutions circulating in the House,” she said. “Of those, the House approved 84. 84 memos times 24 committee members times five minutes of discussion equals 10,080 minutes, or 168 hours. After being approved by the committee, the resolutions go to the plenary for voting. So we have 84 resolutions times 203 members times five minutes of discussion equals 85,260 minutes, or 1,421 hours. This represents a total of 1,589 hours of lost time.”

House Speaker Joanna McClinton — the first Black woman to serve as speaker of the House — responded while casually chewing gum: “Haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate.”

Things got out of hand from here, with Representative Stephanie Borowicz saying, “What a joke from the Pennsylvania State Assembly. This is the Democratic Party, idolizing Hollywood… Giving Taylor Swift an era while our veterans have a day.”


Representative Paul Schemel then made many unpleasant references – “I will be quick in my comments!” — before McClinton tells him, “This is not open mic night.” Rep. Russ Diamond went a step further, claiming that Swift broke with her home state when she moved to Tennessee, singing “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.” Rep. Johanny Cepeda-Freytiz concluded happily: “I really love being able to have fun while we work!”

The proposal is just one of Swift's many victories this month. Her Eras tour just became the highest-grossing tour of all time and the first to reach at least $1 billion, while her Spotify earnings have brought in $100 million in 2023 alone. She was recently hailed as Time'Person of the Year', which the far right didn't exactly like. Oh, and her football star boyfriend, Travis Kelce of the Kansas City Chiefs, made Google's 2023 search trends list. 'Tis the damn season!



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