Father John Misty debuted his latest track off the upcoming Pure Comedy on Saturday Night Live, where he performed “Total Entertainment Forever,” a song that opens with the line, “Bedding Taylor Swift every night inside the Oculus Rift.”
He follows in the footsteps of another musician who has referenced the pop star in that way: Kanye West, who rapped, “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex / Why? I made that bitch famous” on The Life of Pablo’s “Famous.” That lyric made headlines as soon as West premiered the track at a Madison Square Garden event in February 2016, something Misty — né Josh Tillman — is likely alluding to here.
Tillman spoke with Exclaim! about the track Sunday, and though he didn’t mention “Famous,” he did elaborate on the meaning behind his own Swift-centric lyric: “Human civilizations have been entertaining themselves in disgusting ways all through human history — I mean, whether it’s lighting Christians on fire, or whatever,” he said. “We have to consider that maybe there are ways in which we entertain ourselves now that are equally as disturbing.”
“The fact of the matter is, I don’t want that to happen to Taylor Swift,” he continued. “That is the worst thing I can think of; that is so horrible. But again, this plays into progress, where like, the internet was supposed to be this new democracy, a utopia of information where everyone had a voice and we were all interconnected, and we would experience true democracy — and it turned into pornography, followed only by outrage. The tools represent some kind of technological advancement, but if we can’t act like more than angry ecstasy freaks with the most advanced technology in the world, then how much have we really progressed?”
Hear “Total Entertainment Forever” above. Pure Comedy arrives April 7.