Taylor Swift Threatens to Sue Blog Comparing Her to Hitler

November 9, 2017

© Anthony Behar

Culture and politics blog PopFront published a post titled “Swiftly to the alt-right: Taylor subtly gets the lower case kkk in formation” in September. The blog post dissected the lyrics of Swift’s recent single “Look What You Made Me Do” and its music video, suggesting that they were “a defense of white privilege and white anger”.

The editor wrote, “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.”

Following the blog post, the editor says she received a letter from Swift’s legal team, demanding that PopFront “immediately issue a retraction of a provably false and defamatory story about Ms. Swift, as well as remove the story from all sources and cease and desist from publishing or disseminating it.”

Swift's legal team goes on to say that PopFront is “substantially liable to Ms Swift for defamation”.

The Northern California wing of non-profit organization the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) has now sent a letter to Swift and her attorney, stating that the editor and PopFront “will not in any way accede to your attempt to suppress their constitutionally protected speech”.

The ACLU said, “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 editor said, “The press should not be bullied by high-paid lawyers or frightened into submission by legal jargon. These scare tactics may have worked for Taylor in the past, but I am not backing down.”