Will Taylor Swift make it from her Tokyo concert to Super Bowl LVIII in time to see Travis Kelce play in the big game?
When faced with critical and complex questions that concern all of America like this one, there’s perhaps no better team to put on the case than the uber-competent (fictional) staffers from NBC’s 2000s drama The West Wing.
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Swift fans have resurfaced a clip from the series (below) where President Bartlet’s team grappled with the same issue, which helps explain how Swift could pull this off.
Basically: Swift resumes her Eras Tour on Feb. 7 in Tokyo and will play her final show there Feb. 10. The show will likely end around 9 p.m. local time. She then needs to get to Las Vegas to see the Kansas City Chiefs play the San Francisco 49ers on Feb. 11, which starts at 3:30 p.m. Pacific Time. But as The West Wing explains …
Can Taylor Swift make the Super Bowl from her Tokyo concert? A West Wing episode from 2001 already answered this: pic.twitter.com/6LBQMSrCVw
— Rohita Kadambi (@RohitaKadambi) January 29, 2024
The West Wing, naturally, made that sound as confusing and banter-y as possible. But in simple terms: Private jet + drastic time change = plenty of time for Swift to make it to the Super Bowl.
Swift’s romance with Travis Kelce has resulted in several dramatic headlines of late, with the singer becoming the victim of pornographic AI nudes that mocked her Chiefs fandom. The images spread on social media sites, primarily X, last week and resulted in a massive pushback from Swift supporters and legislators seeking to crack down on deepfake images.
X even took the highly unusual step of blocking Taylor Swift from search results over the weekend, during which the singer attended the AFC Championship Game.
On Friday, the White House even weighed in, with Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre telling ABC News, “We are alarmed by the reports of the … circulation of images that you just laid out — of false images to be more exact, and it is alarming … While social media companies make their own independent decisions about content management, we believe they have an important role to play in enforcing their own rules to prevent the spread of misinformation, and non-consensual, intimate imagery of real people.”
New York Rep. Joe Morelle is citing the Swift nudes in a push to pass a bill making nonconsensual sharing of digitally altered explicit images a federal crime.
Super Bowl LVIII will be broadcast on CBS and and streamed live on Paramount+ starting at 3:30 p.m. PT on Feb. 11.
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