I’m starting to get kind of nervous that Taylor Swift is a magician, you guys. After all, it was only a few months ago that everything she did got under my skin and rankled me, and now here I am, about to praise her for the adorable name she gave her new kitten.
I’m not saying that she definitely put me under a Harry Potter-style Imperius Curse that causes me to start changing my mind about her, but it’s definitely something we should be considering. First I started enjoying her outfits, and then I started feeling some thawing around my heart when she attended the bridal shower of one of her long-time fans as a surprise.
And from there, it was only weeks until I found myself involuntarily smiling yesterday as I read about the fact that she sometimes interacts with her fans over social media via beautiful, thoughtful Instagram comments on their personal accounts. I thought that was as low as I’d go in terms of Swiftian fandom, but alas, there was more to come.
One thing that I’ve always been reliably able to rib Taylor about is her choice of names for her cat. She calls her ‘Meredith’ after the Grey’s Anatomy character, which gave me no end of delight. It just wasn’t the kind of name I could imagine a cat having, and that made it perfect. BUT YOU GUYS. Taylor just got a brand new kitten, and she gave it the best name ever. To the point that I’m kind of annoyed I didn’t think of it myself…Olivia Benson. Like from Law And Order: SVU!
So now not only does Taylor have an adorable fluffy-white kitten, but she named it after my longest-standing lady crushes on the whole planet earth. Congratulations, Taylor, you win this time. May you and Olivia go on to empower women across the globe, just as the great Mariska Hargitay intended.