A blogger has judged Taylor Swift’s supposed silence on political issues as her way of enabling her alt-right and white supremacist fanbase. She even wrote an article about it, and the celebrity performer’s camp is not taking things lightly. Swift’s lawyers have threatened to sue the blogger if she will not retract the article.
Writer Meghan Herning had her piece published in PopFront Magazine. The article is titled “Swiftly to the alt-right: Taylor subtly gets the lower case KKK information”, the piece claims that the singer’s single “Look What You Made Me Do” contains“ dog whistles to white supremacy in the lyrics.”
Herning claims in her article that lines in Swift’s sad song like “I rose up from the dead, I do it all the time”, quoted by alt-right publication Breitbart on Twitter, are equated to the belief that white supremacy has gained new traction following Trump’s upset victory in last year’s presidential election.
The writer also makes a case in her article that there is an “uncanny and unsettling” similarities in Swift’s video showing her dressed in leather addressing her army of followers, and supposedly those images of Hitler facing his army in Nazi Germany.
The article also slams Swift for her supposed remarkable silence on the controversial subject, at a time where many pop stars are becoming political campaigners. The piece, however, does not make any conclusive claim as to Swift’s political beliefs.
The writer issues a judgement on Swift, however, with the statement in her article: “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.”
Swift’s lawyers are demanding that the writer retract the article, or else she will face the threat of a lawsuit if she fails to comply. The celebrity’s attorneys argue in the letter sent to the writer that her piece “knowingly regurgitates, repeats, and attempts to expand on a malicious lie.”’ The lawyers also say, “It appears to be a malicious attack against Ms. Swift that goes to great lengths to portray Ms. Swift as some sort of white supremacist figurehead, which is a baseless fiction masquerading as fact and completely misrepresents Ms Swift.”
The lawyers have also warned Herning against publishing their letter or risk another potential crime of breach of copyright.
The American Civil Liberties Union joined the fray and claims that Swift’s camp is using intimidation tactics against Herning, and simply wants to silence the writer. The group is arguing that the writer is within her right to practice free speech.
ACLU has demanded a reply from Swift’s lawyers regarding their counterclaim. But as we’ve seen from previous cases, Taylor Swift is no pushover when it comes to legal matters, and she’s always ready and tough to defend her personal cause.