Weary of straightforward pop track spats, Taylor Swift now has a brand new feuding spouse: the ACLU.
The singer has landed within the watchdog group’s crosshairs after her attorney despatched an intimidating letter to the website online PopFront referring to a contemporary article about Swift’s recognition amongst white supremacists.
In a work titled, “Swiftly to the alt-right: Taylor subtly gets the lower case kkk in formation,” author Meghan Herning argues that Swift’s new unmarried “Look What You Made Me Do” serves as a “subtle, quiet white support of a racial hierarchy” by way of positioning the singer along the historical past of the eugenics motion and the upward thrust of neo-Nazis.
William J. Briggs, a attorney representing Swift, wrote in a letter to Herning that her PopFront article is a “provably false and defamatory story” that may lead to a lawsuit if the website online refuses to factor a retraction or take down the publish.
“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,” Briggs wrote.
The letter additionally defends Swift’s political silence within the ultimate presidential election as a non-public selection, as she has “no obligation to campaign for any particular political candidate or broadcast her political views.”
Herning shared the letter with the ACLU, which is now protecting the blogger towards any felony threats towards her, calling Briggs’ claims “meritless.” In the eyes of the group, the object is a “mix of political speech and critical commentary” that falls inside the protections of the First Amendment.
“This is a completely unsupported attempt to suppress constitutionally protected speech,” Michael Risher, an lawyer for ACLU of Northern California, mentioned in a press unencumber.
“Intimidation tactics like these are unacceptable,” Matt Cagle, any other lawyer with the group, added. “Not in her wildest dreams can Ms. Swift use copyright law to suppress this exposure of a threat to constitutionally protected speech.”
Swift has taken felony motion towards claims of this nature sooner than. The singer has been heralded as a white supremacist hero in the dead of night corners of the web by way of those that’ve described the pop celebrity as an “Aryan goddess.” (Breitbart, a website online that has introduced a platform for alt-right perspectives, tweeting out the lyrics to her new unmarried no doubt didn’t lend a hand.)
Swift has but to reply to the ACLU’s letter, in addition to HuffPost’s request for remark.