Taylor Swift’s enchantment is rapid and broad-reaching, as her multi-platinum music profession proves, however there’s one thing about her that makes some folks uneasy. Well, it’s not about her per se, however a couple of sure subset of Swift followers: She’s apparently actually in style amongst white supremacists. She’s been described as a “Nazi Barbie” and an “Aryan pop queen,” amongst different equally spirited issues, each of that are phrases that the majority pop stars can be fast to distance themselves from.
That stated, regardless of years of this Swift subplot effervescent not terribly deep beneath the floor, the singer has but to denounce Nazism, white supremacy, or badociated ideologies with which she has been related. PopFront editor Meghan Herning addressed this a pair months in the past, ending her publish with a name to motion for Swift:
“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.”
Fast-forward to 2 weeks in the past, and Herning has obtained a response, however in all probability not the one she hoped for. She obtained a letter from William J. Briggs, II, an lawyer representing Swift, that calls the publish “provably false and defamatory” and threatens a lawsuit if the article will not be eliminated and if a retraction isn’t printed.
Herning has an ally within the ACLU of Northern California, although: They issued a press release that calls the publish “a mix of political speech and critical commentary” and says that Briggs’ “meritless” declare is “a completely unsupported attempt to suppress constitutionally protected speech.” The ACLU even labored some stable Swift wordplay into its letter, writing, “Not in her wildest dreams can Ms. Swift use copyright law to suppress this exposure of a threat to constitutionally protected speech.”
Now, the ACLU has requested Swift’s lawyer to jot down a brand new letter saying they may not pursue a lawsuit in opposition to Herning. Regardless of what Swift’s lawyer’s intentions have been with this letter (and no matter how or if he responds), this kind of publicity in all probability isn’t what Swift hoped to face with a brand new album on the way in which.