Taylor Swift and ACLU Go to War Over White Supremacist Accusation

By NTK Staff | 11.07.2017 @4:25pm
Taylor Swift and ACLU Go to War Over White Supremacist Accusation

It appears that after pop star Taylor Swift buried singing rival Katy Perry in record sales to essentially put an end to their fued, Swift has a new enemy: the American Civil Liberties Union. Swift’s lawyers threatened to sue PopFront, a little-known pop culture site, after the publication posted an article that compared the pop […]

It appears that after pop star Taylor Swift buried singing rival Katy Perry in record sales to essentially put an end to their fued, Swift has a new enemy: the American Civil Liberties Union.

Swift’s lawyers threatened to sue PopFront, a little-known pop culture site, after the publication posted an article that compared the pop singer to Nazi leader Adolf Hitler:

Taylor’s lyrics in “Look What You Made Me Do” seem to play to the same subtle, quiet white support of a racial hierarchy. Many on the alt-right see the song as part of a “re-awakening,” in line with Trump’s rise. At one point in the accompanying music video, Taylor lords over an army of models from a podium, akin to what Hitler had in Nazis Germany. The similarities are uncanny and unsettling.

The article also compared the lyrics of Swift’s music to the chants of neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, and the author hypothesized that the singer was “serv[ing] as indoctrination into white supremacy.”

In response to the article, the pop star’s lawyers demanded that the site take down the post.

Then the ACLU of Northern California sprinted to PopFront‘s defense, arguing that accusations of white supremacy thrown at Swift did not constitute defamation:

They wrote:

Ms. Herning and PopFront will not in any way accede to your attempt to suppress their constitutionally protected speech. The blog post is a mix of core political speech and critical commentary; it discusses current politics in this country, the recent rise of white supremacy, and the fact that some white supremacists have apparently embraced Ms. Swift, along with a critical interpretation of some of Ms. Swift’s music, lyrics, and videos.

The national ACLU backed up their regional affiliate, making the dispute national:

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