The ACLU rushed to the defense of a blogger who compared singer Taylor Swift to a Nazi and suggested the Grammy winner is a white supremacist.
Meghan Herning, a blogger for the website PopFront, wrote a scathing review of Swift’s new single, “Look What You Made Me Do,” where she drew inane connections between the song’s lyrics and white supremacy.
In response, Swift’s lawyers threatened to sue PopFront for defamation if it didn’t remove the post. The ACLU fired back on November 6, calling the race-baiting blog post “protected” speech.
“Ms. Herning and PopFront will not in any way accede to your attempt to suppress their constitutionally protected speech,” the ACLU wrote in a letter posted on its website.
“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.”
In her disjointed, meandering blog post, Herning suggested Swift is a secret Trump supporter even though she endorsed Hillary Clinton.
The post also claims Swift is a closet racist and white supremacist because she doesn’t publicly condemn President Trump like other show-biz liberals. “Silence in the face of injustice means support for the oppressor,” the post read.
Meghan Herning then called the lyrics to Swift’s single “Look What You Made Me Do” a dog whistle to white supremacists, and said the statuesque blonde is a neo-Nazi icon.
“The idea that Taylor Swift is an icon of white supremacist, nationalists, and other fringe groups, seems to finally be getting mainstream attention.
But the dog whistles to white supremacy in the lyrics of her latest single are not the first time that some have connected the (subtle) dots … neo-Nazis and white supremacists look to her as their pop icon.”
Check out the lyrics below. It’s laughable how anyone can claim it has anything to do with neo-Nazis.
The song is about a girl who was wronged by a guy, and she’s saying she toughened up after the heartbreak.
In another inane stretch, the blog post compared Taylor’s dominatrix outfit in the music video to Hitler’s Nazi uniform, and insisted the video promotes white supremacy.
Meanwhile, here’s a fact check: Not only are there numerous people of color in the video, but Swift’s entire lineup of backup dancers are mostly minorities.
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