Taylor Swift & Tom Hiddleston nuzzled on a porch during the #Taymerica party


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How does it even work? How do you invite dozens of people over for a multi-day house party in this day and age and somehow require all of your guests to embargo social media photos for a certain amount of time? However Taylor Swift manages it, she really does get it to work. Tuesday afternoon (EST), Taylor lifted the social media embargo on her Fourth of July party guests and suddenly there was a flood of Instagram photos from the party.

The above Instagram is arguably the best/cheesiest. Tom Hiddleston and Swifty, their foreheads together, posing languidly on her porch with two other couples (including Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds). Et tu, Deadpool? The look on Ryan’s face is already inspiring memes.

Most of Taylor’s friends posted their own (preapproved?) Instagrams of the party with the hashtag #Taymerica. Remember, Taylor named her special slide the Taymerica too. That must have been the theme of the party: “Taymerica,” or Taylor Swift IS America. You can see all of the Taymerica photos here. I tried to screencap a bunch because you never know what will be taken down. Here’s one photo that I found through my search of #Taymerica… a blurry Instagram of a photo of Tom and Taylor kissing.

OMG 🇺🇸 #adelaidemeetandgreet #taylorswift #taylornation #theswiftietag #caylor #sweeran #loft89 #1989WorldTourLIVE @taylorswift @taylornation #taymerica

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And here’s Tom in the center of the photo with Taylor’s squad. ONE OF US, ONE OF US, I imagine them chanting.

@Regrann from @tayswiift13 – #taymerica 🇺🇸 #Regrann

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  1. Lee says:

    Ryan’s face is the best thing about this picture

    • Jules says:

      He used to be one of my favorite actors…………….talk about jumping the #Tayshark…………

      • Lee says:

        Lol! I bet Taylor will be (or already is) pissed as hell! He ruined her moment, she’ll probably ban him and Blake now..!!

      • Jules says:

        Does she have the same #taysquad twice? Her squad has a revolving door just like the current #tayone.

    • popup says:

      “Et tu, Deadpool” – I am dying.

      But seriously, folks, he married BLAKE LIVELY, that twee antebellum-loving baking goddess. He is loving this and he is not better than dear Tom. it doesn’t mean that they can’t have a sense of humor about it. I hope they’re both laughing their heads off at the absurdity.

      I wonder if everyone at that party got a chance to sign off on the photos before they went public, which is part of the delay. some (normal civilian) people are extremely reluctant to appear on social media and it’s simply a given that no pictures of them will be posted. Yet others must approve the photos before they get posted (that’s me, even with my husband… my in-laws I can’t control as much). It’s part of that awkward social contract that I think most everyone has to negotiate nowadays when nearly everything is up for public consumption. Almost everyone at TayTay’s party is famous and I imagine they’d all be interested in posting flattering photos.

      • bonzo says:

        Read Lainey’s take on “The Drop”. It’s no accident that Taylor let the beach frolicking pictures out to generate some income & increase the appetite for more “intimate” party pictures two days later. The timing is very deliberate.

    • Scal says:

      There are other pics with his gross leg and thigh tats. I’m a fan of ink, but they totally ruined the hot for me.

      • Lee says:


        Yep, same. Those are really ugly tattoos.

      • mary simon says:

        There was nothing artistic or attractive or cool about those bizarre leg tattoos.

      • M.A.F. says:

        His tatts seemed oddly placed. I can understand why he put them on his legs since no one ever films an actors legs but yeah. Odd choices.

        And yes, I have tattoos.

    • Kate says:

      He’s totally over this BS! Awesome.

    • Carol says:

      Yes!! That was my first thought. Ryan looks like he trying to figure out a way out of there.

    • T.Fanty says:

      He’s probably wondering how his thirsty wife convinced him to abandon his baby for a holiday weekend in #Taymerica. I’m judging him a little bit for that.

      • mary simon says:

        ^ This.

      • Lee says:

        Me too. Also, I know usually people jump bashing the Kardashians clan,.I don’t like them either, but I wonder what people would have said if this was Kim&Kanye giving a party and hiring a professional photog. to take pics of them and their friends all the time. I don’t get why some people still give a pass to Swift, only bc ‘she is harmless’, which is the same thing they usually say about Lively.
        A famewhore is a famewhore, despite her name, may it be Kim or Taylor or whatever. The behaviour is the same and should be labelled the same way.

      • Jessie Mendoza says:

        Yeah, heaven forbid people take a day off from their children to be actual human adults. The horror! And I mean…we clearly know from 5 pictures that there is definitely not a kid off to the side there with them.

      • bonzo says:

        That’s what I’m inclined to believe.

    • Lunamoon says:

      Free Ryan!! #savingryansprivates

    • TyrantDestroyed says:

      His face is everything! How. Did. I. End. Up. Here?

    • CTgirl says:

      Blake’s feet are bigger than Ryan’s, which probably means that Blake’s junk is bigger than Ryan’s. Hence this cheesy and craptastic photo op.

    • Nerdista says:

      Maybe she manages the “embargo” because she’s a nice friend and they love and respect her? Idk. Too crazy? When people are posting pics it’s like “millennials can’t enjoy the moment!” When they don’t it’s media manipulation. Kk. Cool guys.

  2. LB says:

    Ryan Reynolds reevaluating his life choices.

    This is all so extra and very Taylor-like.

    • Becky says:

      He’s like “what am I doing here?”

    • browniecakes says:

      Would Ryan please take Tom along on that reevaluation?

    • mee says:

      his face is the funniest! he’s not only thinking “how did i get here” but also “wtf that couple next to me?? we’re not that cheesy… are we…”

  3. Who ARE these people? says:

    Ryan Reynolds has the face of a man sitting outside the Macy’s dressing room waiting for his wife.

    • Locke Lamora says:

      The face is priceless.
      TayTay and Tom are all “so in love #goals”
      Ryan is dying inside.
      The last couple are just happy to be in a photo with famous people.

    • Bre says:

      If you see the rest of the shots from that day though it looks as if he is totally into being in the squad.

      • kay says:

        my takeaway is how in love with his wife he seems.
        i guess they could be playing it up for cameras, for taym’rica day…but i get a sense that they are still googley about it each other.
        i guess he is the cheese to her cracker???? lol.

    • LadyJane says:

      He even forgot to ‘man-spread’ – he looks castrated, poor wee man.

    • LannisterForever says:

      Yeah, Ryan’s expression is giving me life #saveme

    • Evie says:


    • Kitten says:

      Exactly. That photo is amazing.

    • Kinnakee says:

      He’s probably thinking: “I really don’t want to be here right now, but I also don’t want to piss my pregnant wife, so be it.”

      Or maybe: “Where did we put the other baby while we take this candid picture that makes me feel uncomfortable?”


    • Wren says:

      Ha ha he does! I can see him with that exact pose and facial expression surrounded by shopping bags and holding a purse on his lap.

      “Why am I here? I don’t want to be here. People are looking at me. I want to go home and have a beer. Yes, beer, focus on the beer. Just keep thinking about the beer, this too shall pass.”

  4. Miss Jupitero says:

    Another tender private moment. Some things are sacred.

    • OhDear says:

      Ha, look at his death grip on that wineglass, though!

      • browniecakes says:

        The giant wine glass has the S logo for Swift? She brands her party her stemware and her man. Thorough.

    • Vesta says:

      Private Tom strikes again. All this overwhelming Privacy, where can we hide from it?
      And, what’s next – their Private parts?

    • KatMC says:

      Exactly. Thank you. Next, he will be proposing to her on top of the Eiffel Tower with hundreds of white doves being released simultaneously.

  5. JamesBond says:

    You didn’t post the one of Uncle Hiddles taking the little girls down the water slide.

    • Sparrowgirl says:

      yeah, i’ve never thought i could see a photo of Tom like this .Last days people say he looked like her dad but i didn’t think so until this photo in the water slide

    • twilly says:

      There’s a picture of him at some airport (alone and sunburned) looking like he’s on a “shoot to kill” mission. Grim.

      • Becky says:

        Is that the one taken at Heathrow the other day?

      • browniecakes says:

        Photo link please? Baby flew commercial? Whaa? Heading out to AU?

      • lilacflowers says:

        The picture from Heathrow on Saturday flying to the states?

      • Dara says:

        Shrug – to me that’s just his usual airport face (and wardrobe), although I think this may actually be the first time he’s been papped at Heathrow, which is interesting since it’s probably the airport he comes and goes from the most (pre-private jet that is).

        What caught my eye was that he wasn’t carrying his backback this time, but handed it to the person next to him. Never seen that before. Even if he’s got an attendant with him to ride herd on his other luggage, he’s still usually carrying at least one thing with his own two hands. Could mean nothing, I can count on one hand the number of times he’s been photographed at an airport, before now that is.

      • AG-UK says:

        Exactly Dad taking his girls on a summer holiday outing. I mean if this is real and they are truly into each other great but does it need to be a f…g spectacle? I love my husband but in the beginning if he held on to me like that all the time he’d be kicked to the curb.. It’s like 2 needy people together. Enough but that photo is really funny.

      • shelly says:

        That pic is so unflattering, it looks like his left his false teeth in a glass by the bed.
        The press are such meanies.

      • QQ says:

        F*CK I am Laughing SO SO hard RN this shit is both exhausting and preposterous

      • Colleen says:

        I think Tom is reacting to the purple nurple he is sustaining at the hand of the girl directly behind him. Is that Taytay? I can’t really tell.

      • Mira says:

        Tatay is giving Uncle Hiddles nipples a little squeeze.

      • Fire rabbit says:

        Oh good lordy.

        That’s all I got left at this point.

    • bonzo says:

      I think that should be his new nickname… Uncle Hiddles.

      Not to be confused with Drunk Uncle Cumby.

    • KatMC says:

      Uncle Hiddles…..priceless.

  6. Sparrowgirl says:

    Ryan’s face like wth am i doing here? and why? Meanwhile Tom looks like tayamerica’s dad-babysitter

  7. lilacflowers says:

    Today, we’re serving whatever Tom is drinking out of that giant glass. Ryan looks like he could have used whatever Tom was drinking. Why are they wearing such heavy clothing? It was hot Monday.

    I imagine Taylor has every second of her parties scheduled. Sliding down giant, inflatable Taymerica at 1:00 PM. Posing for pictures on rocking chairs at 8 PM. Bathroom breaks at 8:30 PM

    • frisbee says:

      And they’ve invaded your bloody veranda! Is there nowhere safe, no sanctuary from these people?

      • lilacflowers says:

        Well, Tay doesn’t seem to respect much, least of all my claim on my internet husband, who will be getting a stern talking to very soon.

      • Sixer says:


        Don’t take away my shiny new toy in Tiddles, I beg you.

      • lilacflowers says:

        @Sixer, no need to fear. I’m going to let it play out a little longer. Because it really is quite amusing and we need all the joy we can get.

      • frisbee says:

        Ooh I love this – handbags (purses) at dawn – I’ll be your second and hold your coat…

      • Sixer says:

        I can’t shoot straight. I will lose.

        I must admit, even I’m beginning to run out of a bit of steam. At the point the balance hereabouts tips into taking it seriously over gales of laughter, you can have at him, Lilac. Cos then I’ll be bored and be asking for JArthy back.

    • Jen43 says:

      I was in NY on Monday. It was warm, but with no humidity and a nice breeze.

      I agree about the scheduling. Taylor seems bossy as hell. God, I could stare at this picture all day long. It makes me feel good about myself.

      • lilacflowers says:

        I’m in Boston and it was hot, even up on the Cape Ann beaches, and it was still hot on Monday night and family down in south county Rhode Island tell me it was hot there too. Ryan looks like he’s dressed for a brisk fall night.

      • Sepa49 says:

        I was on a Newport RI beach this past weekend and was actually cold on Sunday. It was breezy and the wind off the cold ocean water was chilly. Maybe, that explains the heavy clothing.

    • Scal says:

      God can you imagine? Her parties seem like the kind of things where everyone has to do what the hostess wants all day on a very specific schedule. With costume changes. No time to just relax and be natural.

      • jammypants says:

        I had to eyeroll at her suggestion of the hashtage #taymerica

        seriously, how self absorbed can she get?

    • I Choose Me says:

      Might be water. Attention flavoured of course. 😀

      Taylor seems like she would be an exhausting friend to have. Does this chica ever do anything spontaneous?

    • K.C. says:

      I’d like one of those wine glasses. It looks double-sized and I dig it.

    • jammypants says:

      please ban body paint from your party Lilac, and any form of social media and self-branded hashtags

    • bonzo says:

      Does she schedule an afternoon nap for the seniors?

  8. Locke Lamora says:

    What I learned from these pictures is that, if I was famous, I would never ever want to be friends with any of these people. Except for Ryan Reynolds and Blake.
    This is all so posed and try hard and self-congratulating. Yuck.

    • Becky says:

      Ryan but not Blake. He was so private when he was married to Scarjo, but he must’ve known what he was getting into when he married Blake.

      • Erinn says:

        I’d be willing to take Blake as a package deal if she is willing to provide wine and cupcakes as payment.

      • mary simon says:

        And if she would renounce her empowering pedophile idol, Woody Allen.

  9. Belle says:

    Just came to say I’m tired of these two wall to wall coverage. I will stop clicking 🙂

  10. Aussie girl says:

    Why does Taylor just come out and be truthful abut what they are really celebrating……. Why it’s Taylor of course. Seriously Taymerica is too much, actually there is so much too muchess about everything.
    Sidenote; I now know what a person looks like when they feel realised they have sold their soul. I’m looking at Ryan Reynolds. It must feel like your in the big brother house with 14 year olds. Genuine private friends get together my arse. I can completely see him agruing about it with Blake in the privacy of their own room. And Blake been dumbfounded because this is completely her type of environment.

    • browniecakes says:

      There are so many choices on 4th of July and Ryan is trapped in Taymywayorthehighway, Taymercia.

    • Shambles says:

      I feel like we shouldn’t project tooooo much of the ridiculousness of Swiddleston onto Ryan and Blake. Maybe some of it, but not too much. This was, after all, a picture taken by a third party, and the Reynoldses look like they’re just chilling on the porch. The only people I see love-posing like their lives depend on it are the aforementioned ridiculous people. And of course they are. But I can’t help but think Blake and Ryan are sweet, even though Blake irritates me. But I think Ryan really does love her and is humoring his super-pregnant wife who wanted to hang out with her friends. I think he’ll be okay.

    • Wren says:

      Of course it’s “too much”. Everything about Taylor is too much. That’s what she does. She takes the most boring, bland, safe, basic and obvious aspects of American culture and feminity and turns it into a picture postcard, complete with color schemes, blocking and tableaux poses. It reminds me of those short films that looked like they were made in the 50’s about being a good American citizen and how quaint and wholesome everything was back then. Which of course it wasn’t, but that’s the image that has been selected for you to see.

  11. paolanqar says:


  12. Sixer says:

    Ryan Reynolds! I am ashamed of you! You are letting the side down.

    Perk up man. You got a cameo role in The Great Tiddleshagging of 2016. One day, you will realise it was a highlight of your career and you will wish you hadn’t spent it looking like a deflated fart balloon.

    Also, why didn’t Cara’s eyebrows of doom get involved in the action? Couldn’t she have woven sequins into them or something?

    I demand a better supporting cast. And a visit to Build-a-Bear.

    • The Old KC says:

      I was just trying to think of how I can dress my brows for an upcoming date with my husband. You’ve given me the THING that will rejuvenate our relationship – sequins woven into my (scant overplucked) brows. Thank YOU!!!!

    • lilacflowers says:

      Cara was taking some of the pictures, the ones not taken by a professional photographer.

      Ryan needs to drink more

      • Dara says:

        It’s hard to drink more if Tom beats you to the bar and proceeds to drink it all himself. He has a death grip on that rather large, yet almost empty, wine glass he’s holding. He’s in the background of another photo, also with the big-but-empty wine glass in hand.

    • HollyG says:

      Sixer, Cara’s eyebrows were front and center in the charade photo. They’re practically signaling “1 word, 2 syllables.”

      I realize #Taymerica, squad goals, etc but the photos are a strangely incomplete story. Nobody is eating or drinking (except for the 2 Pottery Barn wine glasses being used as props), there are no pix of the tattoos being painted on (look at us, aren’t we fun!), there are like 2 people on the slide. Nobody looks like they’re dancing to music being played. Does she just issue flag bathing suits then herd the pretty people around in grim silence?

      • Robino! says:

        No, There’s never a photo of the craft services table, wardrobe dept, or makeup dept…that would completely ruin the entire fantasy 😉

    • Sixer says:

      If Elton John doesn’t make a cameo appearance soon, I will cry.

      • lilacflowers says:

        Banging out “Philadelphia Freedom” on the fireworks-shooting piano while wearing flag glasses.

    • Shambles says:

      Sixer, I can tell that you really want them to go to Build-a-Bear. I’m pulling for you.
      You know they’d build a unicorn, dress it in khaki shorts, and name it Pepe.

  13. Rapunzel says:

    Deadpool would mock the hell outta this. Poor Ryan.

  14. Olivita says:

    LOL. Oh god. I can just imagine Taylor telling everyone to pose, hiring the professional photographer, choosing which images to post on Instagram. It’s all so much effort. Trying too hard Tay, far too hard.

    • Anon says:

      Most of these pics were probably taken by the professional photographer. The ones on the slide are the giveaway. It is incredibly hard to get perfectly clear, unblurred photos of what will have been very fast-moving subjects. These are (take a look at the much higher res versions on Whosay). You can see the individual drops of water in the spray. They were taken using a very fast high quality lens (fast shutter speed for sharpness combined with a large aperture so there is no loss of light consequent on the shutter speed). Who uses lenses like that – typically photo journalists. They have all the hallmarks of having been taken by a pro, regardless of whose Instagram they first appeared on.

      And that’s how she manages the social media rollout. She distributes her photographer’s photos to her guests the day she wants them to be released.

  15. D says:

    Did you read the theory that this is just one big elaborate music video hoax, something like Joaquin Phoenix “I’m still here”? What would be the reaction if it was, would people think it was stupid or clever?

    • Spugzbunny says:

      Yes!!! I thought that from the very first pictures that it was a music video and people were just making assumptions. I read that theory on buzzfeed yesterday and I am CONVINCED! This has to be one long music video shoot. It’s just too ridiculous!

    • Nicole says:

      If it was it wouldn’t be better than Lemonade sorry. Someone already did the personal music video this year so I don’t think it would look good either way

    • The Old KC says:

      I read that theory last night, and concluded that even if this is all an elaborate ruse, it’s still ridiculous and try-hard. What’s the punchline – that people gossip about celebrities? So, my answer to your question is most people will think it’s stupid. Her die-hard fans will think it’s clever. 😀

      • D says:

        I agree, that’s what I thought too – ridiculous and try-hard.

      • Christin says:

        They might do it now as a save face effort. Either way, it comes across ridiculous and juvenile.

        On that note — The co-branding her name with America is tasteless and tacky.

    • LannisterForever says:

      God I hope so, for his sake. The T-shirt in the ocean has put me over the edge from “entertaining” to “embarrassing”.

    • Sixer says:

      It’s not a music video. It’s the sequel to the Ab Fab movie.

    • Dara says:

      Nah. If it were an actual video, Taylor would have insisted on a proper wardrobe for her leading man, rather than just letting him wear the same five things he’s been wearing for years.

  16. It'sJustBlanche says:

    He looks so much older than everyone else! Also, some girls look cute with wet hair. Taylor, who’s style I usually love, is not one of them. She looks like a drowned rat. To be fair so do I at the beach.

    • JamesBond says:

      Because Tom is older than everyone else. Even Ryan Reynolds who is older than him looks younger! Hell the guy on the end looks younger than Hiddles!

    • Tammy says:

      Ryan is older than Tom though & 11 years older than Blake…yet no one mocks his age .

      • JamesBond says:

        Not mocking his age per say more or less saying Hiddles doesn’t look too good for 35. Reynolds is aging like fine wine, Tom not so much in my opinion.

      • Becky says:

        Tammy, because Ryan had a relatively normal relationship which led to marriage and kids, and didn’t make a complete t*t of himself in the process.

      • Tammy says:

        I’m pointing out the hypocrisy of criticizing Tom for hanging out with Taylor & friends & not Ryan, who’s close to 40. Or how hes not criticized for his wife called Woody Allen empowering….

      • Becky says:

        I don’t think he’s being criticised for hanging out with her friends, but getting involved with Taylor Swift and famewhoreing himself out. It’s all about her.

        And I agree about Blake, her comments about Allen were problematic and she’s always come across as publicity hungry.

      • Chelsea says:

        @ tammy

        I can give you plenty of good reasons.
        Tom looks much older than his age. Older than Ryan who is 4 years older. Swiftie looks young for her age, Blake does not. Blake and Ryan does not look like a young girl out with her fun loving dad, swifty and Tom does.
        Blake and Ryan got married in secret, we have never seen their kid. Blake and Ryan has been married for 4-5 years, has one kid and another kid on the way. they are in a serious relationship. Tom and swifty are 3-4 weeks into dating and already there are a 1000 photos.
        In relation to Woody Allen. Tom worked with Allen too and has spoken highly of him. Pot meet kettle.

      • Tammy says:

        I just find it hypocritical to criticize one & not the other.

      • Chelsea says:

        In what way? Ryan and Blake aren’t in a 4 week relationhip where cameras capture everything. They are a married couple who been together for 4- 5 years. Strange to compare.

        What’s hypocritical is that every female actress was asked about woody Allen. Most of them were condemned if they said nice things. Guys like Tom aren’t even asked about it. Their comments singing allens praises has been brushed under the table by most people, even the ones who condemn winslet, blanchett, Blake for the same.

      • Tammy says:

        I find it hypocritical to mock the age difference between Tom & Taylor & not Blake & Ryan. I’m not talking about the relationship or calling the paps, which Blake did a few times while dating Ryan, I’m talking about the age. It’s kind of messed up to judge someone for how they’re aging compared to someone else. Its hypocritical…Ryan was hanging out with the same crowd & we dont hear how his career is ruined. I agree that’s it hypocritical to call out Blake but not Tom for supporting Woody Allen. What’s interesting is that Tom working with & supporting Woody Allen doesn’t even cause his fans to speak out but heaven forbid if he dates someone his fans don’t approve of. That’s hypocritical.

      • Chelsea says:

        Mocking is in context of how this relationship plays out, how public it is, maturity level. Blake and Ryan does not behave like this on an every day basis. It looks more weird because tom looks so old for his age superficial but it adds to the weirdness. Decaprio is made a joke for dating young immature women with no substance, So was Clooney.

  17. lindy79 says:

    Ryan is us all.


    • Sixer says:

      He’s not Ryan Reynolds. He’s a very naughty boy.

    • frisbee says:

      best comment I’ve seen so far! There was another one about #SavingPrivateRyan – I don’t even like the bloke but I feel almost compelled to go in and get the poor little sod out of there.

    • Sixer says:

      No, no! Scrub that. I have a better one.

      Blessed are the cheesemakers.

      (Now, in thoroughly bad form, I’ve made myself laugh like a drain at my own joke.)

      • Becky says:

        “Speak up I can’t hear a thing!”

      • lilacflowers says:

        Blessed are the big noses.

      • Sixer says:

        It’s every man’s right to have babies if he wants them.

        (Now, I’m hyperventilating again.)

      • lilacflowers says:

        Follow the shoe!

      • Becky says:

        “Romanes eunt domus”
        “People called romanes they to the house?”

        If you’ve studied Latin this is funny

      • hmmm says:


      • antipodean says:

        @Becky, conjugate the verb woman, conjugate the verb! There’s no Ryans here, he’s just a very naughty boy. All hail the Popular Tiddleswift Front! I hope there are no women here (at the stoning of course).
        @lilac, “oi, who you calling big nose?” (in my best Eric Idle voice).

      • lindy79 says:

        I dont think Ryan meant to be taken literally, he could be referring to any manufacturer of dairy products…

        Now I’m off to a stoning in me fake beard and manly voice!

  18. Nicole says:

    Ryan oh Ryan he looks like he knows he made a mistake hahahahaha

  19. HellsBells says:

    Do you think Taylor has a special email distribution list for these occasions? Something with Squad in the name? I’m thinking within the first 10mins of meeting someone new she gets their email address and adds them to this list post haste. Then she blasts out emails on a quarterly basis for #funtimes. Offering to fully pay for all costs of course. Then anyone who gets the email and has nothing better to do thinks “f-k it, why not – I need to get out of the city this weekend anyway. Maybe I’ll drop in and see my Nan while I’m up that way”.

    I find it all so baffling.

    • Nicole says:

      I’m thinking a monthly news letter

    • Becky says:

      I’d say there’s an email or group text that goes out with a clear itinerary and instructions. 2 of the squad posted a collage of pics, and I can just imagine Taylor picking them all out & approving them beforehand.

  20. Talie says:

    I’m guessing all the coordinating is done through publicists, managers, agents, etc.

    I wonder if Blake’s people pitched her to be there so she could promote The Shallows to Tay’s target teen girl audience?

  21. NewWester says:

    I am almost convinced this whole “romance” is all material to be used in a music video to get back at Calvin.
    Picture this: Taylor wrapped in a quilt, sitting in a English cottage looking through a photo album, with her cat sleeping on the sofa beside her. The photos are of her and her boyfriend”Tom” . A tear slowly rolls down her cheek and the camera pans to the rain hitting the window. We then see Taylor and Tom strolling along the beach and then the photo of the two of them kissing, strolling with Tom’s family. Taylor turns the page, she smiles when a picture of Tom in his “white paper knickers” is shown, then the photo of Tiddles and the other couples posing in front of the house.
    I can see the title now “Summer Romance” . All we need now is a photo of Tom pretending to be a DJ

    • TotallyBiased says:

      Well, he’s been the DJ at two or more wrap parties, including the Avengers one he threw at Cleveland ‘s House of Blues. So the pictures are out there.

  22. Patricia says:

    Oh my god can you imagine the pressure to have the best time evarrrr??
    What if it was just one of those days that didn’t pan out perfectly, wasn’t super memorable, it was just “fine”? That happens to normal people in normal life. Some holidays are “meh”, and then some random unplanned days have a spark and become that special summer day you never forget. It’s organic not planned like this.
    What if a friend had cramps and just wanted to lie in the sun for a bit and then float in the pool for a bit and not have “omg the best time ever go down the slide 100 times take the perfect picture!!!”
    It all seems so fake. Are these human beings? Good grief.

    • Bishg says:

      I co-sign everything you wrote.

    • Christin says:

      This type of party seems exhausting. Pursuit of (social media) perfection and envy seems the end goal.

    • popup says:

      But this isn’t just a regular party. It’s clearly designed to be a media event, with the coordinated Instagram drops, the outfits, the posing. Doesn’t mean it’s not real and that Taylor isn’t at least friendly with most of them. This is Taylor controlling at least part of the narrative via the Taylor publicity machine. This party had more shit going on and involved more planning (again, the matching outfits, the printed banners) than most weddings do.

    • bonzo says:

      “Performative Happiness” is what it is. (Thanks, Lainey)

  23. Lucy2 says:

    Poor Ryan.
    Naming a July 4th party after yourself is pretty obnoxious. And why must everything be so staged and public?

    • Christin says:

      You explained so succinctly why I find the Taymerica theme so ridiculous. It’s so egotistical and also clueless. Should we expect Taylor Day, Taylorween, Taylorgiving and Taymas?

      Sure, we have the freedom to do whatever, but to co-name it that way? Then again, consider the maturity level we’re talking about.

    • browniecakes says:

      Why doesn’t she just buy Neverland Ranch or Paisley Park and get it over with? Has she just reached that level of fame where no one edits her and every casual acquaintance is her friend?

  24. Mira says:

    I have not stopped laughing since i saw this photo this morning 😂

    This is the best photo ever!!!

    • Jen43 says:

      Hahaha. I guess Taylor is giving Tom the childhood he never had.

    • OhDear says:

      They let him take off the “I <3 TS" shirt!

      • Dara says:

        Or they went down the slide before Taylor handed it to him to wear…

      • OhDear says:

        @Dara – ha, I’m imagining how it went down (inspired by the recent Paper Magazine article which oh for some reason is not on their website anymore)

        Taylor: Tom, wear this now!
        Tom: Ms. Swift, I’d rather change into something dry.
        Taylor: WEAR. THIS. NOW. until 5:39 PM. Then and only then may you change into other clothes for the photoshoot at the porch at 6:07 PM.

  25. Jayna says:

    All the tweets the Daily Mail published regarding people posting about Ryan’s face in that group photo were hilarious.

  26. Nancy says:

    I wonder if she’s ever had a spontaneous moment in her life. Everything seems like a movie set, with the famous extras in place and the perfect backdrop camera ready, click on ig. Chick should jump in the car with her man and take off on her own and just live life and have some real fun. But I suppose this Is her idea of fun, world look at me…..please.

  27. Bishg says:

    Please let #Taymerica be a part of Deadpool’s sequel.
    We saw that Ryan is capable of self-irony; I would gain back a little respect for him if he mocked the squad in the movie.

  28. grabbyhands says:

    I wonder how many takes it took to get these “candid” snaps just right? It is just exhausting just looking at these knowing how much she dictates the pictures, probably down to what everyone is wearing and doing and when they can post them on IG. Nothing about this looks fun because you know how scripted it is.

    Obviously no one is holding a gun to anyone’s head and they all seem to think there is a benefit to being there (I guess it could be as simple as being considered “A List” enough to get an invite), but man. No thanks.

    I think this will be the last time, the Reynolds-Livelys will attend, judging by the look on his face, which is of a man screaming internally.

    • Bishg says:

      There is an article on the Daily Mail today showing that a professional photographer was around taking pictures all the time…
      I guess it would be pretty cool to have someone snapping pics of you and your friends for a special occasion, but with Taylor, I suspect this is what happens EVERY TIME, ALL THE TIME. I hate being photographed, I couldn’t stay more than 15 minutes in a room with these people.
      Taylor seems the more self-obsessed of the pack.

      • lucy2 says:

        That sounds so weird to me. I can’t imagine having a friends over and then having a photograph stalk them for just the right photo to put online. Why can’t they just hang out and have fun together without trying to prove to the world how much fun they’re having?

      • Erinn says:

        I don’t know – I think if I was hella rich, and had some sort of big party every year, I’d hire a photographer. But then again, when I picture this, I picture more of a family party type thing.

        People take photo after photo during get togethers – whether it’s an auntie with a camera, or the teen with an iphone. It’d be nice to have someone else getting some photos instead of having to lug a camera around and have everyone and their mom trying to get a photo of something instead of enjoying themselves. I come from a family of very camera happy people who make a butt-ton of albums of the nieces/nephews/kids/grandkids though.

    • Rachel says:

      How many times did she change her outfit is what I’m wondering. After all, she wore two different swimsuits, a checked crop top, a checked shirtdress, a striped shirtdress, the white shorts/blue top combo in the porch picture, the blue top in the fireworks photo, the black dress in the Polaroid of her kissing Tom, and a onesie.

      • Dara says:

        Thank you! I was wondering how much fun she could have had since she was mostly busy changing outfits in between photo ops.

      • Who ARE these people? says:

        And my question for this newly loved up couple is WHEN DO THEY HAVE SEX?

      • Phoebe says:

        They don’t. These two have the sexual heat of two wet paper towels.

    • The Understudy says:

      I’d bet these are the approved shots, the one’s Taylor liked best and distributed for her celebrity BFFs to share, that’s why Ryan looks so bemused and TayTo look so only involved in each other. Interesting that she did not share any of the ones with Tom so she can’t be accused of exploiting their relationship but I sense she is still in control of the delivery.

      I am praying for Murray to make the Wimbledon final and for the circus to arrive there. Hotly followed by Aussie Tayto and ultimately the best wedding ever.

  29. Maria says:

    Ryan has the one thousand instagram pics taken stare. he is a dead man on the inside. taymerica needs to establish services to help for her veterans who bravely faced the selfies and group shots only to be forgotten once the next album comes out.

  30. Itsme says:

    Is she disrespecting the flag by taking it down a water slide?

    • Maria says:

      as you can see in one of the pics she and karlie are touching the flag with their butts!

    • Tiffany says:

      It should not have been and considering it is her, yep. That is not me being facetious, she is a narcissistic vessel who thought that was a good idea.

    • Scal says:

      About the same as Kaley was.

    • Tiny Martian says:

      Oooh, why yes, she certainly is, if I remember my girlscout handbook correctly.

      Now she has to burn it, as that is the only correct disposal method for a tainted flag!

    • lilacflowers says:

      Is it an actual flag or a towel?

    • browniecakes says:

      That’s the Taymerican flag. No worries.

      • Size Does Matter says:

        Taymerica flag should have one giant star instead of 50. This whole Taymerica thing really bugs me. She already co-opted Christmas with Swiftmas, she can’t have the Fourth of July, too. The holiday isn’t about her.

      • shelly says:

        Any bets on what she’s going to call Thanksgiving or Halloween ?

      • Phoebe says:

        Size Does Matter- LOL on the one giant star- SO TRUE. And this holiday IS about her because EVERYTHING in Taylorland is about Taylor. I wonder how many times a day she looks in the mirror (including her phone screen)? 100? 200?

      • browniecakes says:

        Isn’t Halloween where you pretend to be someone else? That only works for Tom.

      • bonzo says:

        The Taymerica flag would have one giant star surrounded by 12 smaller stars bowing down.

  31. leigh says:

    As others have said, Ryan’s face is the best part of this picture.

    Tay’s new boobies are verging on too big for her frame.
    Also, she seems like she is exhausting.

    • Plum says:

      Some men like being exhausted. ;>

      Taylor Swift is giving her man the one thing he’s always wanted and could never have: a giant inflatable water slide.

      I would love to bet that the next Taymerica celebration will be (one of three or four) Swiddles weddings. The couple shall toast the liberation of their hearts on her country’s Independence Day. The theme shall be FIREWORKS! (But noooooooooo Katy Perry!)

      Ryan Reynolds can ensure his own independence by developing an unfortunately timed pancreatitis.

  32. OriginallyBlue says:

    I wonder how many takes they had for these pictures to get them to Taylor’s satisfaction. This seems worse than a photo shoot.

    • browniecakes says:

      +1 is nothing organic with this girl? Maybe Selena wanted to wear her own damn bathing suit. Taylor probably picked Squad 2016 up in her planes so it was either play along in Taymerica or make a swim for it.

  33. Blech says:

    Oh this is endlessly fascinating (ALL the cringe included)! And Ryan Reynolds’ face is giving me life! 🙂

    So all of this is now being compared to Tom Cruise’s couch moment. The thing is – Tom Cruise (before the couch and before Scientology ate his brain) was a movie star. A-list movie star. And an exceptional actor. Collateral, Magnolia, Born on 4th of July. Just some of the movies where he threw down an exceptional performance. He’s all about action movies now, but he still sells at the box-office.

    Tommy-Anne is a good actor. But he is not an A-list movie star. And IMO he is not an exceptional actor. So what is the end goal here?

    He has the “name recognition” now. But if you are his publicist/agent/whatever what do you pitch him for now? A lead man in a rom-com? An action hero? Can he be a lead man though? Can he carry a movie on his own? I don’t think so and I don’t think the end result of all of this will be the calls he wants to get (lead man stuff, Oscar-baity movies). I’m dying to see how he (and his team) will play this (and you know they are strategizing already). If I’m honest I think this will require some Matthew McConaughey transformation sh*t going down.

    • Jayna says:

      And Tom Cruise up until that moment had truly kept his private life private, as much as he could, in relationships.

    • Christin says:

      Tom’s jumping was out of character for his very controlled persona. Plus, it lasted only a few seconds.

      Strange as it seemed then, his momentary lapse is tame when compared to this three-week long journey of juvenile/OTT behavior. I doubt a video or claims it’s just getting at the media will erase it.

    • Kitten says:

      Cruise was so phenomenal in Magnolia.

      Yeah I don’t think I’ll ever be able to look at Hiddles again without thinking about this mess. At first glance it seems like he made a terrible choice in terms of his career but I guess this is what he’s wanted all along: fame, notoriety, etc.

      • Blech says:

        @Jayna – true. That’s why all of it was so strange at the time.

        @Christin – yeah, what was the word used… extraosity? (to whoever coined the term – thank you, it’s perfectly apt 🙂 I think this extraosity combined with it being so juvenile and so readily available for everyone to see… I mean.

        @Kitten – oh I agree, Cruise was exceptional in Magnolia! There are a lot of things wrong with Cruise (namely get out of the freaking creepy horrible cult and go be with your daughter), but he used to do great movies. As for Tommy-Anne, we’ll see how this will impact his career. Again I’d get this type of fame for someone who wants to get dunno ad campaigns or some sh*t, you know? But blockbusters? Prestigious projects? On back of this? Yeah, don’t think that will happen.

  34. Esmom says:

    I think that last water slide shot exposes some breaches in flag etiquette. Just sayin.’

    • browniecakes says:

      Etiquette, good taste, reality.

    • Christin says:

      Apparently there needs to be a course in flag rules and etiquette for self-absorbed selfie takers.

      Perhaps some Boy Scouts or veterans can offer some ‘exclusive’ event and charge an enormous fee to these tacky people (TS, LeAnn and Kaley can be in the inaugural class).

    • Kitten says:

      FWIW, I found the offense and outrage over the Taymerica stuff from yesterday pretty eyeroll-worthy as well.

      • Shambles says:

        I can only speak for myself, but I wasn’t so much offeneded or outraged over Taymerica.
        It wasn’t a national pride thing, like “how dare this woman co-opt the name of my country.” It was more like an endless stream of groans, eye-rolls, and face-palms, because when she themes an entire party “Taymerica,” she comes off SO ridiculously narcissistic and self-obsessed from my POV. But we all know my POV has always been tinted with Tay-hate, I just cannot help myself. 😏

      • Kitten says:

        Yeah I can see that. I think you were reacting to the context of it all–the display was narcissistic and OTT, but to me not that different than the sh*t we see from other celebrities–certainly not as bad as Lil Wayne literally trampling the US flag. What’s strange is that doesn’t deeply offend me either and I consider myself fairly patriotic. Maybe it just comes down to a difference in sensibility. Like I always say, you really can’t tell other people what should/shouldn’t offend them, it’s entirely subjective.

        Remember when the Dems hoisted an American flag with Pres Obama’s image on it in front of their Florida headquarters? The veterans were outraged and complained until they took the flag down. Now while I don’t think that was the most tasteful way to display the American flag, I’m still not offended by it.

      • jammypants says:

        @Shambles, my thoughts exactly. Incredibly vain.

    • Jane says:

      I’m a teacher of over 30 years with loads of books on Americana; including the flag. Here is the code violation:
      United States Code Title 4 Chapter 1 — The Flag S8-Respect for the Flag:
      The flag should never touch anything beneath it, such as the ground, the floor, water, or merchandise.

      • Christin says:

        My first job involved a daily task of properly displaying the flag. Granted, I knew little about etiquette then, but learned and respected what it represents. And to this day, at my place of employment, someone lets us know if we violate any aspect.

      • Jane says:

        @Christin…and I have respect for you for saying this. On a side note…I showed this to a War Veteran (my late father’s friend) and he flat out lost it. His was swearing up a storm about Taylor’s misuse of the flag. If I repeated what he said, I would get thrown off this board.

    • mee says:

      yeah interesting that there was all that outrage over kaley what’s her name’s dog on the flag but nothing about this use of a flag on a water slide. i guess in tayamerica that’s ok?

      btw say what you will about kanye and kardashions- raging narcissists, thirsty publicity whores etc – but these weekend’s stunts show taylor swift to be right down there with them. (of course she’s not slamming other people or making sexually explicit and derogatory lyrics about others, so there is that.)

  35. mememe says:

    Is she 14 years old ? seriously ?

  36. Bex says:

    And in that moment, we were all Ryan Reynolds

  37. Waspandhornetspray says:

    It looks like a fun party to me. There were 40-50 people at my family’s 4th of July gathering on Sunday and we took a ton of pics. The older family members wanted big group shots of everyone. Some of the guys groaned about it but they did it to make the grandmothers happy. Taylor has millions of fans who enjoy seeing her fun party pics. Oh well.

  38. Amanduh says:

    All the pictures look like they’re from a
    Ralph Lauren catalogue or something…

    • Susie 1of 3 says:

      Because the guest are models and actresses who know how to pose for the camera?

      • Amanduh says:

        Yup. It’s a combo of all the red, white and blue, the camera filter, and blonde haired tanned beautiful people. How this isn’t an advert is beyond me.

  39. Dara says:

    OK, new theory…I know, I know, but Colin has restocked the tinfoil drawer and i wanted to give the new merch a test drive.

    Taylor, on a break, declares this the Summer of Revenge and plots maniacally to find the one thing that will take down everyone on her nemesis list in one go and prove she is queen of the world – or at the very least America. She decides on a very public fairytale romance since:

    A) Calvin always had a stick up his butt and never wanted to do anything fun with cameras around
    B) She wants to distract from Kimye who were planning to say/do mean things.
    C) Katy Perry is flaunting her hunky (sort of) British boyfriend all over the place and it simply won’t do for Katy to have something Taylor doesn’t.

    Hiddleston enters stage left being all charming with his accent and manners and stuff. Also having some down time, he was looking for a little summer fun when America’s Funnest Girl (self-declared) appears in front of him, complete with money to burn and an endless supply of jet fuel. Blessing his luck, he signs up for what he thinks is a few weeks of fun and naked frolicking, not realizing he’s playing a part in a teenage girl’s revenge fantasy come to life.

    I haven’t quite worked out how the whole thing ends, if there is actually naked frolicking happening, or exactly how much alcohol Hiddles will need to consume to make it through with his soul intact, but as a working theory I think it has its merits.

    • shelly says:

      I really hope there is naked frolicking.

      Also I like the thought of Ms Swift having a list of enemies to take down, like Arya Stark but without the violence.

    • Browniecakes says:

      It ends with a TnT sex tape that is highly stylized and over produced like a Calvin Klien perfume ad that drops just when Tay is about to get some bad press from an entity at war with Taymerica.

    • antipodean says:

      @Dara, I love your synopsis of this whole fiasco. Your story telling is verging on Liberty level quality, and had me in stitches. I think it will all end with both parties having egg all over their faces, and denying all knowledge that it ever happened in the first place. Taylor will get a new, more mature, slew of heartbroken, he did me wrong songs, and LEGS will slink off into anonymity/notoriety, but he will never, ever, live this down, and will henceforth be labelled, not as that great Shakespearean thessie, but as Taylor Swift’s EX. The ignominy of it all!

      • Dara says:

        *curtsies* thank you @anti. I’m trying very hard to remember where I left my sense of humor about this whole situation, so it means a lot to me that I made you laugh.

    • bonzo says:

      I think you may be on the right track, Dara. I’m crossing my fingers for naked frolicking.

      I kinda like not knowing where this whole affair is going or how it will eventually end. Gives me something to look forward to in the morning.

    • MI6 says:

      @Dara – this is f*cking awesome. Except for the naked frolicking. Please God do not visit such pestilence upon us.

  40. Artemis says:

    – Oh Ruby…you’re not even American….I had a crush on her for a long time until she got a bit famous for OITNB and she just got parched for attention and more fame while not being very talented as an actor. Being Swift’s friend/puppet must be the pinnacle of her career.

    – Wasn’t her squad totally different last year? What’s the criteria of being invited? Hate the tokens too, like she clearly favoured a certain type of person before she got called out for this. She still only associates with token people who are on successful shows but who are not famous enough to upstage her.

    – It looks like fun but in reality is clearly orchestrated as capturing these ‘authentic’ moments takes up a lot of work and time to coordinate. Which makes it seem more anal retentive than celebratory and free.

    – The timing of the release of these images: no real friend would allow being dictated what to do on what time. Can these people be themselves when working with Taylor or does everything have to be a smart PR-tactic? What a sad life…Selena Gomez’ (she’s gone rogue!) > Swift’s party.

    – Yes, Swift is America. Swift is exactly what America embodies and why it works for her and not for 99% of the other people. Taymerica is the coming together of people who believe in this ideology and/or want to achieve it for themselves.

    – Swift really, really, REALLY loves being famous! She loves it more than any of her ex-boyfriends, squad members, current boyfriend or her career. Swift (or any of these people participating in such ‘look at meeeee/usssss!’ antics) should never ever complain about ‘privacy’ or ‘the negative side of fame’ again. It’s their life and they love it and they want us to watch how they love it.

    • Han says:

      Ruby is a big famewhore, she fits right in. Let’s be real she’s one of the worst actresses I have ever seen. Few weeks ago a proffesional DJ called her out- he claims – she fakes her live DJ sets. She seems to have no talent only famewhoring. She’s the Paris Hilton- kardashian of lesbians.

    • Lynnie says:

      “Yes, Swift is America. Swift is exactly what America embodies and why it works for her and not for 99% of the other people. Taymerica is the coming together of people who believe in this ideology and/or want to achieve it for themselves.”

      So much truth. +everything

      • maria says:

        So America is immature, narcissistic, attention whoring & shallow? Not my view on America but ok

  41. Tiddlesbored says:

    The more I see these two the less I understand how Hiddles got himself trapped in a badly scripted and worse staged John Hughes’ teen movie. Everything here smells of PR stun, but of the creepy kind. I really can’t see how the Taygate is gonna benefit him in anyway. The only reason I can think of is that Tom already knows that is out of the Bond race and now is desperate for publicity and a teenage blockbuster. Short sighted though cause this will shut the doors to many other serious roles. Besides, outside the US and UK nobody knows who TayTay is and moreover, nobody gives a shit. Basically she’s just some singer only known in the States.

    And the pics, oh my! So pathetic! Just the toyboy on a teenage pool/pyjama party. Waiting for the day he looks back and realises how ridiculous he was.

    • KatMC says:

      EVERYTHING you just said x1000. “A worse staged John Hughes’ teen movie.” EXACTLY.

    • Jayna says:

      Trapped is the wrong word. He jumped on board with all his might and tossed away his life preserver as he was jumping. He’s not getting off the Tay-Tay boat tour anytime soon and doesn’t want to.

      • Tiddlesbored says:

        He will do a run-Forrest-run when the job offers and the contracts start to sink down. Too biz oriented guy. If he’s aiming for a long career he’s doing exactly the opposite he should be doing. The story with TayTay will only make him famous between the 15y old kiddos (her audience), and they’ll have moved on to a new hunk in 3y time.

        Ffs, doesn’t he have a family and close friends who love him to tell him that he’s now the internet and media laughing stock?

        And if all we cynicals are wrong and is really in to her, his PR team must be looking for arsenic to kill themselves. Way too badly managed.

        In any case, all this is a total PR f-k-up.

  42. Kate says:

    Am I the only creeped out by the matching bathing suits and hooded cover ups? When I go out with my friends, I don’t want to look like we all shopped the same sale at Justice.

    • KatMC says:

      Justice…I just fell over laughing….that is perfect! Yes, the swimsuits are ridiculous. What grown adults act like this? How many parties have any of us gone to as adults where we wear matching swimsuits? I am convinced she is a fourteen-year-old trapped in an adult’s body.

  43. Megan says:

    I just can’t with the matching bathing suits.

    • browniecakes says:

      This is Taymerica, you will be assigned a uniform.

      • Christin says:

        …and a specific timeframe to wear it.

        Wear the swimsuit until noon until 12:30, when the next costume change and ‘aren’t we having fun’ photo opp is scheduled.

    • KatMC says:

      Yes, I found that to be incredibly annoying as well. The whole thing reminds me of a party I would have attended when I was fourteen.

  44. Han says:

    Hiddlestons legs are so unattractive. Giving me grandpa vibes.

  45. Chef Grace says:

    Peirs Morgan, who WAS on the side of Tiddles, had this to say. Made me laugh.

    “I now have to hope and pray Swift-Hiddleton really IS all some weird, elaborate hoax on the media and unsuspecting public.

    “The alternative explanation is unthinkable: the man who would be Bond is a gigantic, toe-curling, insufferably infatuated and sycophantic wuss with women. “

  46. Eleonor says:

    First thing I thought was: they are all soooo white, that’s the only thing that comes to my mind in front of this staged mess.
    #freeryan NOW !

  47. RuddyZooKeeper says:

    Where’s the food? A 4th celebration without food? I call BS. This isn’t real.

    • browniecakes says:

      Supermodels don’t eat.

    • Phoebe says:

      Skinny women don’t eat! Especially famous skinny women! At least, that’s what they want you to think and since Taylor curated the “picture story” of this garbage, she wouldn’t be caught dead showing them eating!

      I ask where is the beer and why is Hiddles drinking WHITE WINE? If I had a teeny tiny bit of attraction to him left, it was killed by the white wine. That’s a deal breaker, ladies.

      • RuddyZooKeeper says:

        That explains Ryan Reynold’s face, then. Hunger makes a man do things. Crazy things. He’s either plotting escape or the eventual gnawing off of his left leg.

  48. Dani says:

    Are all the couples coordinating footwear? Tiddles are in canvas slip ons, Ryan and Blake are wearing white chucks, and the other couple is barefoot/flipflops. Weirdos.

  49. K.C. says:

    I’m starting to feel really bad for this chick. On here, it’s mostly good-natured and fun. But I just saw a TIME article pop up on my Facebook feed all-out mocking how exhausting it is to look at these pictures and how she must’ve organized the entire weekend-long event for the sake of a few Instagram pictures (do people really believe this?). This wasn’t a gossip website saying this—TIME magazine! I mean, I don’t REALLY feel bad for her—she’s rolling in money and is clearly enjoying her life. But the criticism feels so extreme for such a tame celebrity. The more people make fun of her, the more I like her. If I had her money and homes, I’d throw huge parties too.

    I get it. Her parties look crazy-organized and cutesy and over-the-top. But the world is a pretty dismal place sometimes. The fact that TIME paid a writer to make fun of someone’s silly, harmless party in listicle form is so strange to me.

    • shelly says:

      She’s getting more heat than Oscar Pistorious, and that can’t be right.

      Some of the coverage in the mainstream media (not on here I hasten to add) is starting to look like bullying. And to be fair most of it is directed at TH.

      Still they say living well is the best revenge, and she does live extremely well.

    • Keterra says:

      @ K.C I’m more a lurker than a commenter , but lately everytime I read one of these posts your comments jump out as being exactly what I’m thinking of! All the hate (not here so much) just really makes me root for these two fools when I’m not overly invested in either!

      • Kitten says:

        Yeah I always appreciate KC’s comments because they’re not stanny and they’re not ragey, they’re in the middle–thoughtful and fair.

      • K.C. says:

        Aww thank you, Kitten and Keterra! Seriously, that’s very nice of you to say. 🙂 I’m trying really hard to be reasonably fair and level-headed about this insane situation, so I’m glad I don’t sound like a crazy person. Because that’s how I feel sometimes, haha.

      • TotallyBiased says:

        Such good points. In my late twenties, early thirties I hung out with a crowd that did huge, themed parties several times a year. There was a pro photographer who shot people individually and in groups with staged backgrounds, and also got ‘candids’ dancing or doing other activities. Wherever the party was held (usually at whose house was largest) was decorated to an extreme degree, colour and theme coordinated. Attire was required to fit the theme and often coordinated. Usually the host group had very specific coordinated outfits. And if social media had been around, there would have been a TON of pics floating around from these events!
        Although some folks in our group were in the industry (props, vocal acting, radio, commercials, soaps) mostly we were just a creative bunch with too much energy and (here’s the payoff) IT WAS FUN! We enjoyed it. We enjoyed the planned and unplanned elements. But, regular people don’t do things like that so I guess we were controlling weirdos. /snark

    • The Understudy says:

      I see your point, throwing a fun packed party for your friends is not a bad thing, it’s just the exposure that people seem to be questioning. Though for all the negative stuff I have seen plenty of defenders. It’s opinion and it will differ, though how much is jumping on the bandwagon and how much is true contemplation is questionable. Maybe the tide is turning on the social media trend of publicising your life, particularly if it’s like hers, wasn’t much of her popularity born from this?

      I think maybe it’s difficult for most to put themselves in her shoes and so we question her motives. If she is genuine she will continue to live her life and not let any of the negative get to her, that is until it starts to harm her brand.

      I haven’t seen anything painting her as evil, Pistorious should rot in jail for my money.

    • popup says:

      I mentioned this earlier, but I do think Taylor partly creates this party to invite the world in, specifically her fans. She knows how much they enjoy vicariously living through her. She enjoys being the subject of #goals hashtags.

      I don’t think she has this party ONLY for the media coverage, but she is super duper into this holiday and likes to be publicly associated with it. And maybe it’s also a fun way to try to usurp Katy Perry’s “Firework” association, because girl enjoys giving a good burn to her enemies.

      This party takes SO much planning. Her staff must have been running all over god’s green earth procuring matching outfits, printed banners, ingredients for the unseen food, beverages, all the music equipment, the inflatable slide that must’ve taken a crew of 10 to set up, etc. And the coordinated Instagram drops. To me, she is controlling the narrative.

      What I don’t like is when the media or the public accuses her of being the devil because she throws a semi-private/public party. It’s not that serious.

      • Colleen says:

        I agree. I know I get so much out of seeing these, and I can’t be the only one. A couple hours of work, a few minutes of browsing the net for Tiddles, then back to work it is. The cycle repeats.

      • K.C. says:

        She’s definitely controlling the narrative. I don’t think anything social media-savvy celebs like her do is without at least a bit of self-awareness (usually a LOT of self awareness), because they have a presence to maintain. Celebrities have heightened responsibilities when it comes to social media, if that’s how they connect with fans. After hosting a party, I might go through pictures with friends at the end of the night to decide what we should post on Instagram, if there are pictures people don’t like, etc. For her, with that many celebrities at one event, it has to be controlled. And perfectly filtered, lol. She likes being the all-American girl who throws the all-American Fourth party.

        At the same time, I don’t think a party like this is all that difficult to pull off when you have multiple assistants and all the money in the world. I imagine plenty of young women would say “Oh haha, matching outfits would be fun,” or “Oh, we should celebrate so-and-so’s anniversary/birthday/engagement/etc while they’re here” or “Let’s hire a professional photographer!” if they had time and money on their hands. So I guess that’s why I’m a bit taken aback by legitimate news outlets dedicating articles to ridiculing her party. I think it’s just taken way too seriously.

      • Lilacflowers says:

        The media doesn’t have to cover it and the public doesn’t have to look

    • Guesto says:

      @K.C. – “I think it’s just taken way too seriously.”

      Well yes and no. They’re as bland and inoffensive as a couple could be and totally undeserving of the level of attention they’re getting, but they, nevertheless, are the ones who decided their bland and inoffensive coupledom needed an international stage. It was their choice. And Hiddleston 100% would have known the media beast he was unleashing

      So while the media attention is now as ridiculous as they are, let’s at least be honest and apportion joint blame for the TayTo Circus.

      • K.C. says:

        @Guesto, I was referring more to her party being taken too seriously. Like Lilac said, the media doesn’t have to cover it, and instead they go over the edge analyzing every detail and ripping it apart. It’s weird. When any fairly uncontroversial star begins getting this much ridicule in the mainstream media, it makes me a bit uncomfortable. And they do this A LOT to Swift. Poking fun is one thing, but it is often taken too far with her.

        I agree that they started it. Those Rhode Island rock pictures were very clearly for public consumption, as were some (I don’t think all, but some) of their dates around the world.

        But these things 100% DO take on a life of their own, and I think that’s what has happened here. Yes, they both like attention, but I have a hard time believing either one of them are the type to think that any publicity is good publicity. They’re both far too controlled with squeaky clean images to think that way. They, or their PR teams, surely expected a fair bit of media coverage of this budding relationship. But this has become an entirely different beast filled with think-pieces analyzing their body language and articles speaking with “sources” that are actually just fangirls. It really is spinning out of control. I say this coming from the media world—it only took one article that received a bunch of hits for this to turn into an international talking point on even serious news sites. News outlets piggyback off each other all the time, and that’s what is happening here to an extreme degree. So yes, I absolutely can hold them responsible for starting this. But what it has turned into isn’t in their control anymore.

  50. Emily says:

    Question- who is the third couple?

    • antipodean says:

      You know, Emily, I thought exactly the same thing. They are the only pair in the picture who look like a normal well adjusted couple who are just putting up with all this hoopla for the sake of a bit of fun and laughter, and are not overly invested in the whole shebang. I would be interested to know who they are, and how they managed not to buy into all the extraosity (I love that word, whoever coined it deserves a medal, it perfectly describes this sitch).

    • Watching A Trainwreak says:

      I think that’s Taylor Swift’s best friend from childhood…Taylor was recently the Maid of Honor at her wedding.

  51. Marceldeux says:

    Eh, it looks fun I guess. Does anyone else think it’s super vanilla, though?

  52. Frosty says:

    Ryan Reynolds expression is everything lol. “I’m dead inside.”

  53. Caitiecait says:

    I think calling it bullying is a bit extreme. The coverage is over the top, but then again so are TnT.

  54. HeyThere! says:

    I didn’t read all the comments yet but RR and BL are my fav part. She is a beautiful pregnant lady and RR face in this picture tells me this was most likely ‘take 7’ on taking the PERFECT PORCH PIC!!!! HAHAHAHH

  55. Hann says:

    That picture with all of them looks like a proud dad with his kids and their friends.

  56. KatMC says:

    I find the whole thing nauseating. With all due respect, she has plenty of money to go somewhere private. She hired a professional photographer. She knows exactly what she is doing. This is who she is. She basically lives her entire life on social media and then acts like a victim when people pick on her. If she kept some of her personal activities private, there would be no fodder for Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and the rest of social media to parody.

  57. Mamasan says:

    Look at Blake’s expression on Ryan’s lap.

    Really? Taylor is stealing Tom’s air like the old wives tale of a cat and a baby. *insert eye roll*


  58. JamesBond says:

    The Daily Fail just referred to Tom Hiddleston as “A-List” and I almost choked on the skittle I was eating.

    • popup says:

      Hahaha! That’s the dumbest part of all of these articles from the UK. He is A-List there, maybe, but he’s hardly a known commodity beyond Loki in the US. And even then, most people who know Loki probably don’t know his name. Well, they may now, because of Taylor Swift, who is the actual A-lister. Someone further up this thread said that Taylor is just known as some singer in the US. That’s a funny joke. She’s a freakin global superstar.

      • margaret says:

        ‘ She’s a freakin global superstar.’- That’s a funny joke. No. She’s not. And she have made Tom Hiddleston D-List.

      • maria says:

        no she is not a global superstar

    • Jayna says:

      The only way I even know who Tom Hiddleston is is from Celebitchy and posters here. I’ve never seen anything he’s in nor really heard of him or it didn’t register if I did.

    • bonzo says:

      A-list: first choice of top roles, best pay
      B-list: recognizable character actor
      C-List: Tom Hiddleston

    • twilly says:

      I love Skittles – Tom not so much lately!

  59. Elle says:

    That’s…a lot of white people at a party.

    I went to American Ivy League colleges, and even our parties weren’t that white. Her white supremacist fans must be loving her claims to all things Americana. That is not to say I think Taylor is racist. I don’t think she is, but I think she knows a certain large contingent is willing to spend money on anything that promotes this version of America: young, White pretty girls with average-looking White guys (not you, Ryan), rich, POC-free.

    • Andrea says:

      Having lived in various parts of the US, I have described this to my Canadian friends, there sometimes is self-segregation going on in places. I worked in a mostly black call center in NC and no one wanted to hang out with me at lunch or talk with me much because I was white. I ended up befriending another white girl in there just because I was desperate for someone to talk to. I didn’t understand it because I have many friends of various nationalities/skin colors outside of work.

  60. hogtowngooner says:

    Ryan’s face = Ben Affleck’s “Hello Darkness My Old Friend” meme.

  61. Kate says:

    The only thing I’ve learned from this ridiculous Taymerica business is that I am going gay for Ruby Rose. That girl is SMOKING. HOT.

  62. bonzo says:

    I can’t believe no one’s talking about that blurry kissing photo. Tom looks like he got accosted by Swifty. In one photo, sums up who’s in charge of TIDDLES.

  63. Sonja says:

    If Ryan Reynolds doesn’t manage to work a piss take of this into Deadpool 2 I will be sorely disappointed…

  64. WyoGirl says:

    The third couple are neighbors of mine. Nice, normal people caught up in this shitstorm of an “A lister” holiday weekend party. TayTay’s token civilians, to show the world she is still close to her oldest friend. Totally stage managed like her whole life.

  65. Sanchez says:

    What’s Taylor thinking? Saw calvins new pic in DM, he’s sooo much hotter. Did he dump her? This guy Hiddleston is like the creepy uncle at the young people’s party trying to be hip and failing miserably.

    • Dani says:

      Agree about Tom! He’s really trying waaaaaay too hard to be youthful and hip. In some of their other pictures he looks like her body guard dragging her around.

  66. Beach girl says:

    She has put on the same type of 7/4 party every year and has never received this level of criticism. Why now? Because she’s brought an Adult actor into the mix, who happens to have a more mature audience and image. Prior to this the only fans and media outlets who saw this were geared towards teens and they lapped it up. It’s Toms fans, and his usual media outlets, that are shaking their heads at this. Didn’t someone’s pr team think about that? These fandom’s do not mix and should not have the same media strategy! Also singers only require one, clear image to market their product; actors require a little mystery so that when they play various characters in projects, you see the character, not their personal life. They don’t need to market their lifestyle. Jeez someone blew this big time

    • browniecakes says:

      Agreed and that’s why he is getting heat, no one can picture this guy as Bond or as many other serious characters. He may do Shakespeare and serious roles again, but he has to get past casting agents first. They have to decide if the audience can see past this no longer private love sick – enter other adjectives here (famewhore, opportunistic, gold-digging, popstar sidecar) – guy.

    • bonzo says:

      You’re right. The fandoms are quite different. She’s mainly getting flack from those who follow Tom and see him as acting immature. Her fandom is buying into the love story with perhaps a small number wondering why she’s dating someone so “old”. Ha.

      But, in the end, if HW starts calling his agents with better roles than he’s been offered and if Taylor’s tweets & the TIDDLES PR help to make both SI and Thor box office hits, then he’s getting the last laugh. It’ll be worth all the mickey taking to him.

  67. Rux says:

    This gives me major flashbacks from the whole Bennifer 1.0

  68. Kelly says:

    I like her red and blue striped bathing suit. I would definitely wear the one piece.

    Anyone know the brand/ where to get one?

    The waterside train photo is hilarious. He does look like their dad.

  69. Beach girl says:

    So this is a rather cold look at fauxromances and what may be coming up from a few media insiders:


    • K.C. says:

      That’s a really interesting read. Can’t say I agree with PR person #3’s analysis that this is because September will be a big month for them—I don’t think dating T-Swizz earns anyone an Emmy, and I think she just wrapped a huge tour, so I’d imagine a new album is doubtful? Maybe not. I’m not sure how long she waits between albums, but that seems like a quick turnaround. And anything Thor-related isn’t relevant to Taylor, either. Tom has no problem being recognized by the Marvel crowd.

      I do agree that name recognition and a raised profile will be important for Kong, though. If that bombs, that would be a bit of an issue for Tom. That’s not coming out for quite some time, but a boosted profile will no doubt help that movie. Other than that aspect, can’t help but think #3 is a bit off the mark. Taylor making social commentary? Meh. This is a bit too elaborate to be social commentary. She could just write another song about it.

      #1 sounds the most spot on from where I’m sitting. They mix real and PR, which seems the most plausible to me. #2 brings up really interesting points about how much planning and scheduling goes into a celebrity relationship.

      • Beach girl says:

        Predictions from a tumblr blog who is in pr:

        1. During filming of Thor: Ragnarok, there will be stories of his wandering eye/on set hookups. There will probably also be stories (if/when she visits), of her being clingy, not trusting him.
        2. Somewhere around Thanksgiving/Christmas 2016, we’ll get the engagement stories. It will be a multi-million dollar wedding in England, there will be a crazy expensive ring, and they’re planning to have a family right away. Sources will have all the intimate details (I could probably write that story right now.)
        3. After Christmas, there will be a picture of them together looking slightly grumpy/cold/bored, with a “Trouble in Paradise” headline.
        4. Around the same time, there will be stories about Taylor’s “baby bump” (real or most likely imagined)
        5. They’ll go on a trip together to rediscover their love.
        6. At some point there will be a story about Tom’s jealousy if she looks at another man.
        7. If he doesn’t get Bond, there will be an article about how he blames her.
        8. If he does get Bond, there will be a story about how he’s ready to dump her because he got what he wanted.
        9. There will be disagreements about where to live. OR Taylor will buy a house in London. Maybe Tom likes it, maybe he wants his space, so he keeps his own home as well.
        Have I missed anything?
        Probably some more feuding with CH/Kimye.

      • LadyLoo says:

        Fingers crossed for a Tom v. Kanye boxing match…or joust.

      • Christin says:

        @Beach Girl – And the end result is, such a series of narratives keeps both of them relevant and in the public eye for at least another year.

        If Garner and Ben can stretch a separation over a year, this could go on a very long time!

      • browniecakes says:

        He has two movies coming out next year – both tentpoles – Kong and Thor 3. That is if he ever gets his butt to Australia to shoot it.

    • Becky says:

      Beach Girl, I saw that article earlier. One of them thinks US studios and executives will now be chasing him, which goes against the bad press .

      • Beach girl says:

        I know. This is basically at the core of the fan war brewing on Tumblr. Does this help or hurt him? Is it brilliantly planned out or a colossal mistake ? No one can really answer but it certainly keeps us talking. And clicking.
        I really bought into the gentleman image (with a little kink) that Luke created. I’m disappointed to see it go. This is a huge and definitive step in another direction which I’m not sure I’m prepared for.

      • Dara says:

        Movies go into development and casting years before they ultimately get released. Would any studio exec actually bet millions of dollars that Hiddleswift, or any celeb romance for that matter, will still be going strong 2+ years after the that first contract gets signed? I’m not sure I buy that reasoning.

        @Beach girl, I’m not sure I’m on board with this new direction either. It’s only been a month, so I keep telling myself to just roll with it – but I’d be lying if I said it was easy.

    • bonzo says:

      I thought each publicist brought up interesting and plausible points. The enormous amount of press Tom’s getting right now is keeping Emmy voters aware of him before voting closes on the July 14th. He’ll be promoting Kong at the end of the month and we can expect at least a teaser trailer to be unveiled then with something probably released online shortly after. All the TIDDLES press aids in increasing awareness of/interest in Kong as his connection to Taylor makes him a high value publicity magnet. Mainstream media sites that would have ignored him previously will now write articles about him in connection to Kong, Thor or a possible Emmy nod.

      The one point that keeps getting brought up is the timing of Taylor’s next album. I don’t think she’ll be keeping to her every two years schedule because if she was, she’d would be finishing up recording and post-production now for a September release. From my experience working in the Nashville music scene, it takes a good 6 months from start to finish to write, record, mix and release a major studio album. She’d be hunkered down in the studio for weeks at a time, which based on her public photos, isn’t what she’s up to right now. She may be writing and recording demos, but that’s about it.

      TIDDLES press mainly benefits Tom and his upcoming projects, tho’ Taylor may have something she’ll be pulling out of the hat this fall (engagement, pregnancy, major media event a la Beyonce) that it’s leading up to. I’ve come to expect new and chatworthy press on these two so I doubt things will slow down anytime soon.

      • maire3 says:

        The *nomination* voting ended on June 27th.
        The nominees will be announced on July 14th.
        Final round voting begins August 15th and closes August 29th.
        Awards on Sept 18th


        It seems like their new love burst on the scene just as voting was ending. If Hiddles doesn’t get nominated, it could get schadenfreudelicious ’round these parts.

      • PatriotsPower27 says:

        This story is so huge that respected publications and well-known experts are weighing in. Mission accomplished.

        For what it’s worth, I think it’s real. I will never forget Lainey’s post on the Met Gala dancing video. She couldn’t believe that these two handed found each other before because they are so similar. I’m shipping this and it truly has been a welcome distraction from some really bad real-world things occurring in the world.

      • bonzo says:

        Ahh… thanks for the correction, maire3. So the TIDDLES story broke on June 14th, right? That actually gives weight to the theory that one reason it was promoted so heavily in the succeeding days (Nashville, Suffolk) was due to the noms closing just 13 days later.

        I don’t think he has a chance of winning against Cranston, Vance or Isaac or Wilson, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s nominated since it’s limited drama is a special category.

  70. Shaniam says:

    LOL, “We accept him, we accept him. ONE OF US, ONE OF US. Gooba-gobble, gooba-gobble.” Hahahahaha.

  71. cindyp says:

    This is all so ridiculous. Looks like a JCrew photoshoot.

  72. TotallyBiased says:

    The Instagram pics with the #Taymerica tag are by fans, not attendees. There’s no evidence that the slide had a sign on it saying Taymerica. Someone thought up a clever little dig, and it got traction.

    • Jayna says:

      I’m so glad to hear that. I couldn’t believe Taylor would put Taymerica on the slide, which is what I thought was being said. I never saw it on there, so thought it must be on the other side or something.

    • browniecakes says:

      You mean the helicopter or drones flying over her property got it wrong?

      • TotallyBiased says:

        If there were drones or helicopters flying over her property, where are the pics? Those are easy peazy. And again, I’ve seen no other source for the sign on the slide save the fan that People magazine used as an on the spot ‘reporter’.

  73. terese says:

    i love that this has over 300 comments… lololol. Ryan face is like what am i doing next to hiddleswift and all of it is too done. Also, Kaiser they had a no social rule but does it matter when you hire photos and paps are around 24/7 recording all of it.

  74. Kid Kodette says:

    The comments here are hilarious!!!
    Thanks to you all so much for that! lolll
    #savingprivateryan, #dad-babysitter… hahaha

  75. Waspandhornetspray says:

    I know this is CeleBITCHY. I have been reading these comments for years. I get it. However, I try to see both sides. She has these parties every year. She is a successful girl who, I believe is actually a nice girl. Everyone is in such a wad over what they perceive to be staged “fun”. Would everyone be happier seeing pics from a Johnny Depp gathering? Nasty-ass, dirty people doing drugs, drinking…? Chicks getting beat up? Again, I get this site is to be bitchy, but dang…it’s a regular fun party. Has no one looked at the multi-Polaroid shots that clearly show regular people chilling out?

    • Jayna says:

      I didn’t care about the party until the staged shoot at the end on his lap for release. Gag me. I didn’t even care about the fake tattoo and shirt. I think for most people it was the absolute staged pap shots of these two from almost their first date, and we’re talking an overkill in doing every date publicly and where they can have many set up for pap shots., A private dinner in Nashville? Hell, no. Let’s sit right by the window and really love up on each other for the paps conveniently there to take shots. This party was just the cherry on top with all the great moments to snark on, The I love Taylor T shirt, the oh,so, perfect photo of being in his lap staring adoring into each other’s eyes for Instagram.

      . It was the sum of its parts as far as the Tiddles show, not just one event, that has become so eyeroll worthy.

  76. Sue says:

    They moved from RI to LA yesterday, pics on IG. Is he off to Australia finally? Is she going with him?

  77. guest says:

    ok, now tom is heading to aus, guess what who is with him 😉

    • Sue says:

      3rd continent within a month. We still have Africa and Antarctica, f..k yeah. I´m guessing some cute photos with a bear. and if they will meet with Chris H. and his family, oh my….

  78. Jayna says:

    Calvin is dropping a diss track about Taylor on Friday.

    • Meee4 says:

      Ugh Calvin, but she makes millions doing the same thing so that’s his right to do so.

      Probably exactly why they’re taking their love to Oz( a la Kanye deflection). Hope he can do his job with the madness. He never had distractions like this before. Yes he’s a professional, but I know when other personal things are going on in my life it totally affects work.

  79. C says: