President Joe Biden made a strange, confusing joke during the annual turkey pardon ceremony at the White House on Monday, apparently referring to Taylor Swift’s blown-up concert in Brazil, which tragically resulted in the death of one fan, but also mentioned about Beyoncé and Britney Spears’ tour as well.
“Now, just to get here, Liberty and Bell had to beat some tough odds and competition,” Biden said, discussing the turkeys.
“They had to work hard to show patience and be willing to travel over a thousand miles. You could say it’s even harder than getting a ticket to the Renaissance Tour,” he said, apparently referring to Beyoncé’s tour. But then he stopped stuttering, muttering, “Or, or Britney’s tour. It’s down – it’s kind of warm in Brazil right now. “
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He seems to be referring to Taylor Swift rather than Spears, as she recently held a concert in Rio de Janeiro. It made headlines for the excessive heat, which led to the death of one 23-year-old fan. Swift wrote a note posted to social media after learning of the young woman’s untimely death.
“I can’t believe I’m writing these words but it’s with a broken heart that I saw we lost a fan earlier tonight before my show,” the “Lavender Haze” singer wrote in part.
“I can’t even tell you how upset I am by this. I have very little information other than the fact that she is incredibly beautiful and far too young,” she continued, adding that she would not be able to talk about him on stage because she was “overwhelmed with grief” when he tries to talk about it.
“I just want to say now that I feel this loss deeply and my broken heart goes out to her family and friends,” Swift continued. “This is the last thing I ever thought would happen when we decided to bring this tour to Brazil.”
That wasn’t the only laugh Biden tried to get during the ceremony, joking that he was only turning 60 instead of 81.
“I want you to know that I wasn’t there the first one; I was too young to do it right,” Biden said while noting that it was the 76th anniversary of the White House tradition.