Sadly for the angry males in NFL fan-land, billionaire musician Taylor Swift attended her sixth Kansas City Chiefs game Sunday, this one against New York’s Buffalo Bills. As with her past stints in the stands, Swift is cheering on boyfriend/Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce from a box in Kansas City’s GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. But on this auspicious occasion, she’s doing it as Time magazine’s vaunted Person of the Year.
It’s because of that honor that we now know how she feels about her inclusion in the coverage of NFL games she attends. “I’m just there to support Travis,” she said in an interview with the magazine. “I have no awareness of if I’m being shown too much and pissing off a few dads, Brads, and Chads.”
ESPN NFL reporter Jeff Darlington seemed conscious of that easily enraged trinity Sunday when he noted Swift’s arrival at Arrowhead. “Taylor’s here,” he posted to X (formerly Twitter), sharing a video of the star as she rode in a golf cart through a stadium tunnel. “Don’t @ me.” (The dads, Brads, and Chads in his mentions did not comply.)
Kansas City Star photographer Nick Wagner also captured a couple images of the star as she made her way to a stadium box. “Taylor has arrived,” he deadpanned via X. The photographer, apparently working on his birthday, later caught Swift’s eye as she walked to her seat. “Best birthday gift of the day?” he rhetorically asked. “Taylor smiling for me.”
“I don’t know how they know what suite I’m in,” she said of photographers who captured her image for this and past articles about her presence at Chiefs games. “There’s a camera, like, a half-mile away, and you don’t know where it is, and you have no idea when the camera is putting you in the broadcast, so I don’t know if I’m being shown 17 times or once.”