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It has been reported that Taylor Swift is threatening to sue a blogger for defamation.
Meghan Herning, a culture and politics writer for her own blog called PopFront, which by the way only has 81 followers, compared Taylor Swift to Adolf Hitler and drew connections to Swift with white supremacy and white privilege.
In one of Herning’s blogs, she dissected the lyrics of Swift’s pop single ‘Look What You Made Me Do’ and its music video, suggesting that they were “a defence of white privilege and white anger”.
She wrote, “Many on the alt-right see the song as part of a ‘re-awakening’, in line with [Donald] 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.”
Herning also added: “Her lyrics are like an affirmation for everything the alt-right has been feeling for years: oppressed, afraid to come out, and made to look like a fool. And now that they feel empowered, it befits the movement to have a white, blonde, conservative pop star that has no doubt been ‘bullied’ by people of colour in the media, singing their feelings out loud.”
Despite the blog’s small reach, Taylor Swift’s people found the article and sent a cease and desist letter to stop Herning from writing anymore articles in her blog. Swift’s attorney sent the cease and desist letter which reads, “The [PopFront] story is replete with demonstrable and offensive falsehoods which bear no relation to reality or the truth about Ms. Swift. It appears to be a malicious attack against Ms. Swift that goes to great lengths to portray Ms. Swift as some sort of white supremacist figurehead, which is a baseless fiction masquerading as fact and completely misrepresents Ms. Swift.”