Taylor Swift Threatens Lawsuit Against Music Writer After ‘Defamatory’ Review

Four days before the release of her sixth album, Reputation, Taylor Swift is coming under fire for threatening a music writer’s freedom of speech. On Monday, news broke that the 27-year-old singer is threatening PopFront editor, Meghan Herning, for writing a review comparing Swift’s song, “Look What You Made Me Do,” to support of white supremacy and the alt-right.

The review, which was published on September 5 and titled “Swiftly to the alt-right: Taylor subtly gets the lower case kkk in formation,” argued that Swift’s music catered to racism in the United States and claimed that the singer was a member of the “lower-case kkk,” a term dubbed by actor Aziz Ansari to refer to quiet supporters of white supremacy.

Herning’s piece referenced Swift’s lyrics (such as “I rise up from the dead. I do it all the time.”) and a shot from the music video, where Herning compared her stance to Adolf Hitler’s, as evidence of Swift’s racism. “Silence in the face of injustice means support for the oppressor,” Herning wrote.

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On October 25, roughly two months after the review was published, Herning received a letter from Swift’s legal team demanding that the story be taken down and that PopFront issue a retraction. The letter, which calls the review “defamatory,” also privately stated Swift’s denouncement of white supremacy—though, Swift’s attorneys restricted Herning from publicizing the denouncement due to copyright protection.

After receiving the letter, Herning reached out to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) for help. In a letter hitting back at Swift, the ACLU argued that the singer has no legal basis for a lawsuit threat, considering the review was based entirely on opinion and thus protected by the First Amendment and freedom of speech. “This is a completely unsupported attempt to suppress constitutionally protected speech,” said ACLU attorney Michael Risher.

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The ACLU’s letter also took subtle jabs at Swift’s music, with sentences cheekily referencing the singer’s lyrics and song titles. “Criticism is never pleasant, but a celebrity has to shake it off, even if the critique may damage her reputation,” is one of several references the ACLU made.

In her own statement, Herning also denounced Swift, claiming that the singer used “scare tactics” to bully her and PopFront, a culture blog with less than 130 twitter followers, into submission. “The press should not be bullied by high-paid lawyers or frightened into submission by legal jargon,” Herning said. “These scare tactics may have worked for Taylor in the past, but I am not backing down.”

 


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Taylor Swift Is Releasing Merchandise Inspired by an Outfit People Trolled Her For

Taylor Swift, Queen of Subtlety, is hitting back at haters in the most sly way. On Thursday, the 27-year-old singer dropped a look book displaying several items from her new Reputation merchandise line. And though the line features several, er, interesting pieces (like an oversized sweater with an inception-like picture of Swift wearing the same oversized sweater on it), there was one item that immediately caught the internet’s attention: a burgundy v-neck sweater with a choker with the word “Rep” on it.

Though the sweater might seem mundane at first, there’s a backstory to it that’ll leave you applauding Swift in the end. In November 2014, Swift attended a New York Knicks basketball game, where she wore black boots, khaki pants, and her infamous v-neck red sweater. After the photos of Swift at the basketball game hit the internet, fans couldn’t help but notice something odd about her outfit.

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One Swiftie posted a side-by-side photo of how Swift wore the sweater versus how the piece was originally worn by its model. While Swift wore the piece with the v-neck facing the front of her body, the sweater was intended to be worn the opposite way, with the v-neck on the back.

“I think what they’re trying to say politely is…I wore the shirt wrong didn’t I,” Swift commented back to a fan, who tried to make the case that her backwards sweater was a creative choice.

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Of course, when Swift’s mistake caught wind on the internet, she was immediately made fun of for her fashion faux pas.

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Flash forward to today and Swift hasn’t let teasing go. Instead, she’s channeled the trolling into her own spin on the sweater by selling the near-exact piece on her website, with the abbreviation of her album title emblazoned on the neckline. Yup. Along with reclaiming the snake (a nod to when Kim Kardashian suggested she was one with her Snapchat exposé), Swift is now reclaiming a shirt.

You’ve been warned: Don’t mess with Swift, otherwise your hate might be featured in a song—or on her merchandise—in the future.

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We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: 2017 has been the year for maximalist dressing. A few years ago, minimalism stormed the fashion scene, with neutrals, pared-down layers, classic silhouettes, and a color called oatmeal that some consider soft and soothing, but TBH, we gotta admit that it’s a tad dreary. (Save it for the luxe throw at the end of your bed, ‘k?)

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I, personally, am a maximalist through and through, so I’ve been absolutely thriving in 2017. Minimalism never resonated with me, and I was always unsure if layering five necklaces at once was too much, or if a giant faux fur jacket was acceptable for a Monday morning meeting (side note: I’ve learned that they’re both perfectly acceptable and, IMHO, recommended).

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