Having been accused of practically embracing white supremacist fans in the lyrics of her music, Taylor Swift is hitting back at the writer of the piece, demanding a retraction and apology – or else.
As Stereogum reports, Swift has taken particular issue with Meghan Herning, editor of a minor blog named PopFront with just over 1,000 Facebook likes, after a post on the blog (titled ‘Swiftly to the alt-right: Taylor subtly gets the lower case kkk in formation’) argued that the pop star curries favour with white supremacists, hinting to them that she shares their beliefs through “dog whistles to white supremacy in the lyrics of her latest single.
“Taylor’s silence is not innocent, it is calculated,” Herning continues, arguing that Swift is refusing to openly denounce a section of her fanbase. “And if that is not true, she needs to state her beliefs out loud for the world — no matter what fan base she might lose, because in America 2017, silence in the face of injustice means support for the oppressor.”
“Many on the alt-right see the song as part of a ‘re-awakening,’ in line with Trump’s rise,” Herning argues, discussing supposed undertones of ‘Look What You Made Me Do’. “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. (sic) The similarities are uncanny and unsettling”
Herning argues that Taylor Swift’s comeback single courts the alt-right