Amy Poehler brushes off Taylor Swift's jab

Amy Poehler (right) and Tina Fey at the Golden Globes in January.
Amy Poehler (right) and Tina Fey at the Golden Globes in January. Bang Showbiz

AMY Poehler has brushed off criticism from Taylor Swift over jokes she made at the singer's expense while co-hosting the Golden Globe Awards.

Poehler and her co-host Tina Fey warned Swift to "stay away from Michael J. Fox's son" and advised her to take "some me time" during their acclaimed hosting performance at the Globes.

In a recent interview with Vanity Fair, the 23-year-old country-pop star admitted she was unhappy to have her love life mocked.

"You know, Katie Couric is one of my favorite people, because she said to me she had heard a quote that she loved, that said, 'There's a special place in hell for women who don't help other women," she said.

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Poehler, 41, told The Hollywood Reporter she felt bad Swift was upset - but she was not going to hell for her jokes.

"Aw, I feel bad if she was upset. I am a feminist, and she is a young and talented girl.

"That being said, I do agree I am going to hell. But for other reasons. Mostly boring tax stuff. "

The industry paper also pointed out Poehler runs a YouTube channel aimed at empowering young girls.

Swift - who has dated Harry Styles, Conor Kennedy, Jake Gyllenhaal and John Mayer - also claimed speculation about her love life has been widely exaggerated and insisted she has only dated two people since 2010.

She said: "If you want some big revelation, since 2010 I have dated exactly two people ... the fact that there are slide shows of a dozen guys that I either hugged on a red carpet or met for lunch or wrote a song with ... it's just kind of ridiculous.

"It's why I have to avoid the tabloid part of our culture, because they turn you into a fictional character.

"For a female to write about her feelings, and then be portrayed as some clingy, insane, desperate girlfriend in need of making you marry her and have kids with her, I think that's taking something that potentially should be celebrated - a woman writing about her feelings in a confessional way - that's taking it and turning it and twisting it into something that is frankly a little sexist."