Jack Antonoff—best known for being the lead guitarist of the band fun. and the boyfriend/red carpet accomplice of Lena Dunham—thinks Taylor Swift is “the closest thing today that hearkens to Michael Jackson.”
Should we tell him? Someone should tell him.
The 24-year-old—with her blonde hair, red lips and sugary sweet country pop tunes—is just about the furthest thing from the King of Pop.
Of course, Jack wasn’t talking about her physical attributes. He was referring to her songwriting abilities—which may make the whole thing worse.
“I think Taylor Swift is one of the best songwriters ever,” he told GQ of his “Sweeter Than Fiction” collaborator.
“Taylor Swift is cool, because she’s the closest thing today that hearkens to Michael Jackson – to great, great pop music. There’s a difference between her and [Lady] Gaga and Katy Perry and Lily Allen and all that. It all feels throwaway, comparatively.”
Just as a refresher, Michael Jackson was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, “having penned more than 150 songs, with more than 20 reaching multi-million performance status on American radio and television,” the Hall of Fame notes.
Taylor, on the other hand, immortalized the words, “We are never ever ever getting back together.”
Your move, Antonoff.