The Alt-Right Is Crushing On Taylor Swift

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Some white supremacists are latching on to lyrics from Taylor Swift’s song “Look What You Made Me Do”. Grace Baldridge, Nando Vila and Simone Boyce the hosts of The Young Turks, break it down. Tell us what you think in the comment section below. Join TYT:

On September 5, the blog PopFront posted an article titled “Swiftly to the alt-right: Taylor subtly gets the lower case kkk in formation.” In it, Meghan Herning writes about Taylor Swift, her single “Look What You Made Me Do,” and the accompanying music video—alongside the history and current state of nazism. Herning writes: “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 [sic]. The similarities are uncanny and unsettling.”

The article also includes a screenshot from the video placed next to a photo of Adolf Hitler. The post, which discusses Swift’s apparent lack of public political advocacy, concludes, “So Taylor’s [political] silence is not innocent, it is calculated. 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.”

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  1. There’s two elements to this that make me conflicted. On one hand yeah you have freedom of speech… but on the other hand presenting an opinion as fact when that opinion is a highly negative and most likely false thing borders on slander/libel. I can’t say I blame Swift for defending herself this way – she doesn’t owe anyone anything regarding political statements. This idea that famous people *have* to speak out is ridiculous.

    If I was famous I’d keep my political beliefs to myself because my family has the opposite views that I do. I wouldn’t want any of that to be the media’s business.

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