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‘PLL’ Star Troian Bellisario on Taylor Swift’s ‘False Feminism’

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Actress and filmmaker Troian Bellisario, best known for playing the brilliant, entertainingly-neurotic Spencer Hastings on Freeform’s Pretty Little Liars, visited the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia this week. While attending a panel on reproductive freedom co-hosted by Cosmopolitan and the Center for Reproductive Rights, Troian spoke to the women’s magazine about important topics such as Millennials’ political engagement and why she shifted her support from Bernie Sanders to Hillary Clinton. She also weighed in on what’s unquestionably the weightiest celebrity debate of the last two weeks our generation: The “Famous,” video-stoked feud between Taylor Swift and Kim Kardashian.

When asked if she’s Team Kim or Team Taylor, she picks: well, neither. But her quibbles with each are pretty much neck and neck.

“Oh god, I have such an aversion to the Kardashians because I literally don’t understand people’s obsession with them and I don’t want to accept them as our closest thing to a royal family, so I guess I would be Team Taylor Swift?” Chloe Grace Moretz would love to grab some coffee with you, Ms. Bellasario.

But don’t mistake Troian for a Swiftie just yet. While the relative merits of “Style” vs. “Wildest Dreams” didn’t come up in the Q&A, she does question the carefully curated, highly-photogenic pack of famous friends Taylor trotted out as living exhibits during her 1989 tour when one considers the prolonged shade campaign that was “Bad Blood” (a song allegedly inspired by the time Katy Perry hired one of her backup dancers) and its long, public music video rollout.

Let Troian explain:

However, I’m so appalled by what I consider to be [Taylor]’s false feminism. It seems like she’s this person who’s like, “Sisterhood!” and then she does nothing but tear down the women that were once her friends. So is it possible to just be, like … this is a two-party system that I don’t want to be a part of? Can I just say that? Can I say that I would choose the Green Party in this?

You certainly can, Troian; just know that you’re throwing your vote away.

Read about Troian’s first foray into screenwriting, and how she’ll “miss the sh— out of Spencer” when Pretty Little Liars is over, at Cosmopolitan.com.

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