Earlier this week, Congress held hearings to probe Ticketmaster, which has long been one of the most hated companies in America. Members of Congress were ostensibly there to grill Ticketmaster’s parent company Live Nation over its “monopoly” power and poor business practices that have led to website crashes, ticket fees, and long wait times for concertgoers. Legislators deemed the antitrust inquisition necessary after the ticket distribution giant angered millions of fans with its online meltdown after tickets to Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour recently went on sale.
Despite the serious nature of the investigation into Ticketmaster, the legislators leading the hearing often laced their questioning with performative puns and cringey zingers from Swift’s songs. “May I suggest, respectfully, that Ticketmaster ought to look in the mirror and say, ‘I’m the problem. It’s me,’” said Connecticut Sen.