All eyes are on Taylor Swift and boyfriend Travis Kelce as the tight end’s team prepares to go to the Super Bowl for the fourth time in five years. And while the Kansas City Chiefs more than earned their ticket to Feb. 11’s Super Bowl LVIII in Las Vegas with excellent play and one of the best records in the NFL this season, there are some who think it’s all a conspiracy, man.
Jimmy Kimmel broke down the QAnon-like meltdown currently racing through the conservative media world on Tuesday night (Jan. 30), pointing out the outrageous tin foil hat-esque theories being amplified on Fox News and other right-wing outlets. “You expect to hear this from a couple of nuts and then it disappears, but if anything it’s picking up steam,” Kimmel said of the phantom dot-connectors he dubbed the “Not-Too-Swifties.”
The host read a Jan. 28 tweet that helped kick off the fantasy football fiction, which posited, “The NFL is totally RIGGED for the Kansas City Chiefs, Taylor Swift, Mr. Pfizer (Travis Kelce). All to spread DEMOCRAT PROPAGANDA. Calling it now, KC wins goes to the Super Bowl, Swift comes out at the halftime show and ‘endorses’ Joe Biden with Kelce at midfield. It’s all been an op since day one.”
He also ran down another tweet suggesting that the Super Bowl is “rigged,” featuring a complaint about the “unneeded” and “unwarranted” Swift coverage during games and calling the Chief’s path to the big game “totally scripted.” That one also conjured a similar image of TNT at the game together and announcing their support for Biden.
For clarity, while Swift has attended a number of Chiefs games this season to support her beau Kelce, and Kelce has appeared in a series of commercials encouraging Americans to get the life-saving COVID-19 vaccine, neither has made any political endorsements in this year’s presidential campaign. And it is still unclear if Swift can, or will, make it back from her Eras Tour show in Japan on the night before the Super Bowl to cheer the tight end on.
In Oct. 2020, Swift made a rare political endorsement when she announced that she would be voting for Biden.
Kimmel continued, reading a tweet suggesting that the Super Bowl will be “rigged [just like our elections],” parroting the incessant refrain from one-term former president Donald Trump falsely claiming that he actually won the 2020 election over President Joe Biden. The bit included a tweet from failed GOP presidential nominee Ohio businessman Vivek Ramaswamy, who suggested that “there’s a major presidential endorsement coming from an artificially culturally propped-up couple this fall.”
“Let me get this straight,” Kimmel said. “The same people who think that Joe Biden has dementia and needs [Vice President] Kamala Harris to feed him butterscotch tapioca every night also believe that he has somehow planned and executed a diabolically brilliant scheme to fix the NFL playoffs so the biggest pop star in the world could pop up on the JumbTron during the Super Bowl in between a Kia and a Tostitos commercial to hypnotize her 11-year-old fans into voting for Joe Biden.”
Kimmel then ran a series of Fox News, Newsmax and OAN clips from the network’s talking heads begging Swift to “not get involved” in politics, suggesting the whole relationship is a “massive psyop [psychological operation]” and, most outrageously, that her music is a form of “witchcraft” and that “the devil owns her [Swift’s] soul.”
The late night host and frequent Trump teaser wasn’t the only one getting in on the action. CNN’s Dana Bash could hardly contain her laughter during Tuesday’s “Inside Politics” while reading some of the more outrageous theories claiming Swift is a secret Democratic party operative. “God forbid there’s an incredibly powerful woman who tends to just do things the way she wants to do them and she seems to like this football player,” Bash responded to a clip of Fox talker Jesse Watters’ recent false claim that Swift is a “Pentagon asset.”
Trump even seemed to get on the Taylor-bashing train, with Rolling Stone reporting this week that unnamed sources said the four-times-indicted former reality TV host has been telling people in his inner circle that he is “more popular” than Swift and that he has more committed fans than she does.
Watch Kimmel’s MAGA meltdown mash-up below (Swift bit begins at 2:49 mark).