When it comes to her reputation, Taylor Swift doesn’t play. According to blogger Meghan Herning, she received a cease and desist letter for a post published on PopFront that Swift apparently didn’t like.
“A few weeks ago, PopFront published a piece about Taylor Swift and her alt-right, white supremacist fans. The piece dove into a history of white supremacy and eugenics and how those ideologies have played a role in the political discourse of this country. It compared the lyrics of Swift’s song “Look What You Made Me Do” and the chants at the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville North Carolina.” – via PopFront
Herning goes on to explain the connection between Taylor Swift and the alt-right had been previously mentioned by other news outlets including Vice, Konbini, and Complex. Herning continued, saying that she will not be bullied by legal action and succumb to Swift’s scare tactics.
“The press should not be bullied by high-paid lawyers or frightened into submission by legal jargon,” said Herning. “These scare tactics may have worked for Taylor in the past, but I am not backing down.”
I’m beyond curious why this post irked Swift so much. No tea, no shade but the blog has only 130-something Twitter followers and about 1000 likes on Facebook. Had Swift done nothing, no one would’ve ever noticed the post and it would’ve died a quiet death. Instead, it’s ballooned to something big with major websites reporting on it. Even the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) of California has chimed in and dragged the “Ready For It” hitmaker.
“This is a completely unsupported attempt to suppress constitutionally protected speech,” said ACLU of Northern California attorney Michael Risher in a press release.
“Intimidation tactics like these are unacceptable,” said ACLU attorney Matt Cagle. “Not in her wildest dreams can Ms. Swift use copyright law to suppress this exposure of a threat to constitutionally protected speech.”
The ACLU has requested a response from Swift and her attorney by Nov. 13 confirming that they will not pursue a lawsuit.
What do you think of this latest Swift scandal? You should definitely read the initial post that sparked the threat of a lawsuit. It’s quite a fascinating read.