1. Don’t participate in celebrity feminism crusades
People and Us Weekly will have us believe that celebrities are just like us. While that’s not exactly true, they are human. Even the greatest humans make mistakes. Sure, Taylor Swift may not be the paragon of inclusive, intersectional, political feminism (see: “Being a feminist is about more than supporting your girlfriends”), but what does it do to constantly critique her every move and action? It ultimately ends with the world criticizing a young woman for not being perfect.
The problem here isn’t accountability; the problem is that for some reason people expect celebrities to be champions of morality and politics, when really, they’re just entertainers (see: Tavi Gevinson’s “on killing your idols”). It’s up to the individual to make the decision not to place the feminism of superstars and millionaires above all else, particularly those who study and live feminism every single day. These celebrities have a responsibility to be positive role models for their fans, because the world still hasn’t taught children (and adults) that they can like something without adopting and modeling it.
What it boils down to is that critiquing every celeb that does something problematic is time-consuming and fruitless, because once one controversy ends another begins. And there we are still wasting time placing people on pedestals and knocking them down.