Taylor Swift has had to put up with a lot of crap from the media throughout her career from scrutiny about her love life to her high-profile celebrity feuds but despite having been called it all, a recent swipe has the star up in arms.
The singer is threatening to sue a blogger who wrote an article comparing her song "Look What You Made Me Do" to the rise of white supremacy.
The post in question was published on PopFront by Meghan Herning and is called Swiftly to the alt-right: Taylor subtly gets the lower case kkk in formation.
“At one point in the accompanying music video, Taylor lords over an army of models from a podium, akin to what Hitler had in Nazi Germany. The similarities are uncanny and unsettling," the blogger writes, referring to the following images:
The post continues: "And while pop musicians are not respected world leaders, they have a huge audience and their music often reflects their values. So Taylor’s silence is not innocent, it is calculated. And if that is not true, she needs to state her beliefs out loud for the world — no matter what fan base she might lose, because in America 2017, silence in the face of injustice means support for the oppressor."
After reading the blog post, Swift had her attorneys send Herning a cease and desist letter claiming that her article was “replete with demonstrable and offensive falsehoods” and “knowingly regurgitates, repeats, and attempts to expand on a malicious lie.”
“The story propagates such hideous falsehoods such as 1) ‘Taylor’s lyrics play to [a] subtle, quiet white support of a racial hierarchy;’ 2) that there are similarities between Ms. Swift and Adolf Hitler; 3) that the ‘lyrics [of “Look What You Made Me Do”] are the most explicit in speaking to white anger and affirming white supremacy;’ and 4) that Ms. Swift’s purported silence regarding white supremacy means she supports Donald Trump and identifies with the white supremacist/al-right movement.”
Herning has since reached out to the ACLU for support, which is now claiming that the blog post is opinion protected by the First Amendment.
They’ve reached out to Tay's reps for a comment by this Friday confirming whether or not they'll continue with the lawsuit.