11/17/2014 11:39 am ET Updated Nov 17, 2014

Billy Joel Calls New Yorkers Who Hate Taylor Swift 'Snoots'

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Lifelong New Yorker Billy Joel is on Taylor Swift's side in the Great Taylor Swift New York City Debate of 2014. Should she be the city's Global Welcome Ambassador even though she's barely lived in New York and thinks bodegas are our friend? Yep, says Joel.

"I see the New York press going, 'Taylor Swift is going to be the new New York representative?'" he told USA Today. "You snoots. Let her in. That's what New York is all about. I say, 'Welcome.'" And later, "She catches a lot of junk, maybe because she's so popular with young girls. But I like what she's projecting. I respect what she's doing."

There you have it. The man who brought you "Uptown Girl," ballads about Italian restaurants and brawls at Madison Square Garden is calling you out. Lay down your swords and welcome Swift to your stoop, you snooty New Yorkers.



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