Almost everything that I know about the relationship between Taylor Swift and Tom Hiddleston I know from Courtney’s hilariously cynical coverage of their relationship. Apparently, it’s a staged relationship. Tom Hiddleston is like the Imogen Poots character in the sorely underseen Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, someone who has always wanted to be in a relationship that made others wonder whether it was real or manufactured.
I don’t know if they’re really in love or if Hiddleston is trying to drum up publicity to snag the Bond role, or if Swift is trying to show her more mature side. That’s not my lane. What I relaly don’t understand, however, are all the crazy people who keep asking, “Who is Tom Hiddleston?”
This is a real thing. There are people who have no idea who Tom Hiddleston is. Real, live people, like Wendy Williams. She has a talk show, and on that talk show she calls Hiddleston an “opportunist,” and suggests that he’s using Swift to drum up votes to become the next Bond because, “I’ve never heard of this guy before.” (11:00 minute below)
She’s never heard of Tom Hiddleston? What reality do you live in, lady? She’s not alone. After Swift and Hiddleston began dating, a multitude of posts began popping up online asking that very question: “Who is Taylor Swift’s New Boyfriend, Tom Hiddleston?”
Who are these people and have they never visited tumblr? Isn’t the VENN diagram of tumblr, Taylor Swift and Tom Hiddleston just two circles on top of one another?
Let’s assume there are people over the age of 30 who love the music of Taylor Swift but don’t do social media. How about the fact that Tom Hiddleston was the villain in the 5th largest movie of all time? A little movie called The Avengers. There’s also Thor, which made $450 million worldwide.
Not a superhero fan? That’s cool. He played F. Scott Fitzgerald in the biggest Woody Allen movie in years. He was in a Spielberg movie called War Horse that made nearly $200 million worldwide. He played Hank Williams in a biopic. He was one of the leads in Guillermo del Toro’s horror-gothic Crimson Tide. He was in the family movie Muppets Most Wanted. He was in the indie film Only Lovers Left Alive.
He’s been in big movies, small movies, and movies of nearly every genre. He was recently in a well-received miniseries with Hugh Laurie called The Night Manager. He used to date the sister of the Olsen twins, Elizabeth. He’s dated Kat Dennings. He’s been linked to Jessica Chastain. He’s been on the cover of, like, 50 magazines. The man has an action figure!
I’m not saying Hiddleston is the most popular actor in the world, but as potential Bonds go, he’s more popular than Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig were before they were tapped for the role. As the host of a talk show that devotes itself to matters of pop culture, Wendy Williams is not very good at her job if she doesn’t know who the hell Tom Hiddleston is.