Haters Gonna Hate


Autumn Lee, Journalist

Recently, blogger Meghan Herning wrote a post titled “Swiftly to the Alt-Right: Taylor subtly gets the lower case kkk in formation.” In the post, she compares Taylor Swift’s songs– in particular, “Look What You Made Me Do”– to that of white supremacists’ speeches. Herning also pointed out that many white supremacists have embraced Swift and one even said, “It is… an established fact that Taylor Swift is secretly a Nazi and is simply waiting for the time when Donald Trump makes it safe for her to come out and announce her Aryan agenda to the world.” In the article, the blogger also requested that Taylor Swift denounce these groups or at least speak out against bigotry. However, Taylor Swift, along with her lawyers, threatened a lawsuit if Herning did not remove the post.

Throughout Swift’s career, she has faced society’s definition of her and her reputation. In her latest album, Taylor Swift is taking ownership of all of the stereotypes about her. Now, as shown in the music video, her reputation is “dead.” The message she expresses is that she is truly fearless and does not care what society thinks of her any longer. Although “the old Taylor is dead,” will this scandal truly be her end, or should she just shake it off? Many people are wondering why she has not said anything about whether she denounces bigotry or the alt-right and say that by not responding, she might as well be agreeing with the claims. What do you think?

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