Sadly for the angry males in NFL fan-land, billionaire musician Taylor Swift attended her sixth Kansas City Chiefs game Sunday, this one against New York’s Buffalo Bills. As with her past stints in the stands, Swift is cheering on boyfriend/Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce from a box in Kansas City’s GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. But on this auspicious occasion, she’s doing it as Time magazine’s vaunted Person of the Year.
It’s because of that honor that we now know how she feels about her inclusion in the coverage of NFL games she attends. “I’m just there to support Travis,” she said in an interview with the magazine. “I have no awareness of if I’m being shown too much and pissing off a few dads, Brads, and Chads.”
ESPN NFL reporter Jeff Darlington seemed conscious of that easily enraged trinity Sunday when he noted Swift’s arrival at Arrowhead. “Taylor’s here,” he posted to X (formerly Twitter), sharing a video of the star as she rode in a golf cart through a stadium tunnel. “Don’t @ me.” (The dads, Brads, and Chads in his mentions did not comply.)
Kansas City Star photographer Nick Wagner also captured a couple images of the star as she made her way to a stadium box. “Taylor has arrived,” he deadpanned via X. The photographer, apparently working on his birthday, later caught Swift’s eye as she walked to her seat. “Best birthday gift of the day?” he rhetorically asked. “Taylor smiling for me.”
“I don’t know how they know what suite I’m in,” she said of photographers who captured her image for this and past articles about her presence at Chiefs games. “There’s a camera, like, a half-mile away, and you don’t know where it is, and you have no idea when the camera is putting you in the broadcast, so I don’t know if I’m being shown 17 times or once.”
Since 1927, Time has named a single person as its most influential, transitioning from its original “Man of the Year” designation to a genderless “Person of the Year” in 1999. (I’ll pause here for those dads, Brads, and Chads to sneer the word “woke.”) As you already know, this year that person was Swift, thanks to her economic, social, and artistic impact on life in 2023. She’s the “first person to be selected because of her achievement in the arts, and is only the fourth individual selection who was born in the last 50 years,” the publication notes.
It’s a decision that drew criticism from folks like CNN anchor Chris Wallace, who asked Saturday if the artist had already “received enough well-deserved coverage this year,” then proposed the clearly undercovered options of Chinese President Xi Jinping and US tech entrepreneur Sam Altman. Guests Kara Swisher and Lulu Garcia-Navarro took Wallace to task, with Garcia-Navarro warning, “I don’t know that you should be criticizing Taylor.”
According to Taylor Swift’s Jets, an Instagram account that follows the flight path of Swift’s private planes, the musician is flying high above Critics like Wallace. This week alone, Swift left Kansas City about five days ago, heading to the New York area. She was spotted on Wednesday at the premiere of Emma Stone-starring Pretty Things, then out with Anya Taylor-Joy, Zoë Kravitz, Cara Delevingne, and Selena Gomez on Friday, when the group “hit up a venue for Brooklyn for a comedy show, and then went to an Italian joint nearby,” TMZ reports.
By Sunday morning, she was back in the air, landing in Kansas City late Sunday morning. Unlike last weekend in Green Bay, Swift has no snow to peer through, and a relatively balmy temperature of 45 degrees. She still dressed for the elements in a voluminous black coat and high boots, topping a Chiefs-themed sweater. (This X-posted TikTok provides a great view of Swift’s whole look.)
Messages to Swift’s and Kelce’s representatives regarding her presence at today’s game have not been returned as of publication time.
“When you say a relationship is public, that means I’m going to see him do what he loves, we’re showing up for each other, other people are there and we don’t care,” Swift told Time. “The opposite of that is you have to go to an extreme amount of effort to make sure no one knows that you’re seeing someone. And we’re just proud of each other.”
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