Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift is suing a California blogger who claims she is a racist whose songs promote white supremacy. The 27-year-old pop singer filed a lawsuit after the blogger wrote a lengthy post asking Swift to disavow racism.

Instead of disavowing racism, Swift's legal team sent a cease and desist demanding the immediate removal of the post.

But the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), who is representing the blogger for free, fired back at Swift in a strongly worded letter.

“This is a completely unsupported attempt to suppress constitutionally protected speech,” ACLU of Northern California attorney Michael Risher told Entertainment Weekly.

In an Oct. 24 post on PopFront.com, blogger Meghan Herning accused Swift of "racist eugenics and compares the singer to Adolf Hitler."

The post -- titled "Swiftly to the alt-right: Taylor subtly gets the lower case kkk in formation" -- somehow attracted Swift's attention.

“Taylor’s sweet, victim image is the perfect vehicle and metaphor for white supremacists’ perceived victimization,” Herning wrote. She added that Swift's saccharine lyrics provides “dog whistles to white supremacy.”

Herning singled out the song “Look What You Made Me Do," which she claims has "subtle, quiet white support of a racial hierarchy."

Herning's post provided no evidence to back up her claims.

The mystery is why Swift even bothered to respond to the blogger, giving the obscure blog national attention.

Swift is pictured above in a photo dated June 2014 after she donated $50,000 to buy "high-tech music therapy" for cancer patients at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Photo by CHOP / Splash News

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    Yes, why did she & her team respond. A hit dog hollas!

  • Anunnaki

    ?, if a person is racist, what does it change, u can't make them unracist. I don't understand why we actually care if whitty is racist, dont fck with them but calling them racist, ain't gonna change naam law...****shrugs***. I mean u can't change D.N.A..?

  • A WORK IN PROGRESS

    I remember her posing with a guy with swastikas all over his clothing

  • Tequila Mockingbird

    Her team probably responded because labeling someone a racist who MIGHT not be is rude.

  • A WORK IN PROGRESS
  • JV

    Her lawyer did say “replete with demonstrable and offensive falsehoods” in regard to the accusations, but that's true what the above article states in that there is no explicit condemnation of racism. Not that I read, anyway.

    And strange how the cease and desist may have made a bigger deal out of this than it was.

  • Trace da Ace

    YAWN.....next please! :)

  • Renee26

    Blogger needs to have some receipts in the form of specific lyrics that sound like hate speech....Taylor is probably just like the majority of yt people who didn't grow up in diverse areas. She probably holds her purse close and locks her doors when minority men are in her presence (with no security around) but that's not racist....it's unconscious or conscious bias

  • Django the God

    Ebony & Ivory so what.

  • Dontgetdraggedhoe??

    If you were out there selling me out as a racist i would whup your whole ass so be happy with the lawsuit, auntie.

  • stav

    The fact that she's willing to pose with someone with such a deplorable symbol on their shirt , with smiles on their faces makes her just as guilty as the one wearing the shirt. Truly she should have just worn one as well. She is the fakest, most manufactured puppet trash there is. Everything she does is highly calculated and fake. Let this whore have it!!!

  • TheOwley

    Maybe she is a racist and a homophobe too. I read somewhere that because she looks arian, she is a racist. I think Taylor in an effort to control her image, has avoided political stances and people like her for that, because she is not spouting at the mouth like the usual suspects. People need to get a grip. No wonder she is coming out now looking wacked and so unlike her, to silence her critics that say she is too saccharine. They want her to go full thot. BTW, I'm no fan, but I would go after anyone that defamed my character so that lady better bring it because freedom of speech does snot apply here.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/13f5aebe7105f81a552aefb168362b5575cd2d558463a927aa04ac702a55da12.jpg

  • Ms.Vanilla

    Being racist is a negative stigma that celebrities don't want to be labeled as. So a blogger calling a celebrity a racist somehow gives the blogger power.

  • Renee26

    That's a copy of some Beyonce' type stuff right there....she has all her gays in formation with leotards on SMH

  • TheOwley

    Thank you. If anything, she stays away from the Hollywood wackos and hookers and they don't like it.

  • Anunnaki

    Oh ok. Thank you

  • TheOwley

    Not really. This is more Janet Jackson right there or Yanis Marshall who has gheys dancing in heels and better than any female out there.

  • Wreckognize Game

    NEW POST IS UP

  • Dontgetdraggedhoe??

    That child isn't racist. Manipulative? Two faced? Self absorbed? Maybe but that describes every celebrity ever so what's the tea?

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    You dont think people can change??? I dont either...lol. I always say the only way people change if there is a Qualified Life Event that occurs that makes them have to change...cheaters will cheat, racists will stay racists, and a ho will ho regardless....

  • You Could Never

    Has she denounced the Nazi's that worship her yet? She is some sort of Aryan goddess to them. Read this back earlier this year. Since she started she has literally a huge following of neo Nazi's. And she rocks out with them as her fans. That alone is like girl what is you dewiiiiin. I dont listen to Taylor but she needs to do something about them. I know she doesnt want to lose fans but NOW look. Now you are being accused of racisim.

  • Dowoop

    Im a minority and when i see a yt man walking nxt to my car, i sure as hell will press the lock button if im in it.

  • Marlika

    She probably is. ????? Most of them clear people are. Makes me no never mind. I was never a fan of hers.

  • Anunnaki

    Lol, I just think this **she/he racist***, make us feel like we really need them to accept us...and they never will...so fck'em

  • Alicia.Ashe

    Her pale azz is a racist

  • Belle

    The Blogger is being defended by ACLU. If Taylor Swift Is why should I care?

  • TheOwley

    I will not disagree with that. This girl can't keep a boyfriend because she has control issues and is stuck in 10th grade. Apologies to 10th graders.

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    Exactly they aint for us but wanna be us at any cost...The goal is to live for yourself cause there is always someone out there that dont like you just cause smh...

  • TheOwley

    Because the ACLU thinks it's being activist, "taking down racists" when in fact, the accuser is claiming racism based on the singer's syrupy nature, being white, I also read blue eyes and blonde.

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    It is a no name magazine. No one would have ever known, if they had just ignored it or reached out to him and speak with him in private. Now, the ACLU is involved. Now, it is a big old mess!

  • Guess Who

    I mean..who gives a shyt whether she is or not? Hell, ain't they all?

  • Mike Love

    The pure f’ing ignorance of some of these comments she doesn’t have to denounce anything and if you dumb mfer’s go around thinking every white person is racist you live a sad miserable life

  • xenaD

    If this isn’t photoshopped that does look like the formation video

  • C Mack

    Defamation of character. Baseless accusations. Some other bloggers might want to tighten up

  • You Could Never

    denounce

    ^^^^^^^^^^^
    Hmmm I was the onliest one to use this word.

    I think to protect her brand? She should. Others think she should too.

    https://www.fastcompany.com/40492364/its-time-for-taylor-swift-to-denounce-the-nazi-nonsense

    https://www.thedailybeast.com/its-time-for-taylor-swift-to-denounce-her-neo-nazi-admirers

    I said what the fukk I said.

  • FuKKK Meghan Herning

    All these people who write "think pieces" NEVER provide receipts to everything they claim about society. All they do is complain as click-bait and get fellow bullsh*tters to chime in agreement. That also sums up Black Twitter.

  • http://olskoolblackflix.com What?

    Whether she is a racist or not, these new bloggers need to take a journalism or information literacy class because this is not the way to drive traffic. The competition is too steep and it takes a minute to turn a profit. Expressing true feelings online can be a serious gamble when you dont have the facts.

  • dontgetblocked

    Why hate on Taylor Swift because she's living the white American dream?
    She came from money and now she's worth 280 million dollars. Look at Jeff Bezos, the owner of Amazon who is now the richest man in the world worth 94 billion dollars. He quit his job making a couple of million a year.

    I don't hate rich white people. The world is theirs to conquer. It's the poor white trash I laugh at. How are you white and poor? Especially a Becky. All she has to do is tan, buy a bottle of blonde hair dye and some fake boobs and she's guaranteed an affluent and comfortable life.

  • dontgetblocked

    How many black people are buying her music? She didn't get to be worth 280 million dollars from us. She caters to her fanbase...mostly white folks. Remember, she used to be a country singer.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    THIS!!! with the quickness! and when i see a group of yt folks approaching, i clutch my purse and glance around nervously. they be offended (but fugg 'em) LOL!

  • nick c

    ACLU is the reason all the involuntary mental programs are gone of course it was being abused by the cops (watch the move Chageling) but still you can see now that those programs desperately need to come back.

  • BiscuitButter

    I find no issues with that blogger's piece- freedom of speech. What? The truth hurts? If Ms. Becky had a true objection with that blogger's position, all Miss. Mayo had to do was simply ~*denounce racism*~. Taylor is their mouth for the South. Let's worry about why General Kelly won't take back his statements about the Civil War, and how he along with many others (Swift included) are encouraging white supremacy. Open your eyes America, this country was never for people of color. Let's take back America. We built this country anyways, it was never theirs to begin with.

  • Ms.Vanilla

    Like you.

  • Mike Love

    Like your mother B.tch

  • Platoon

    Much props to the ACLU. ??

    You can tell she don’t want to be next to my sister.

  • Ms.Vanilla

    lol, I feel sorry for you. You're so miserable that you come on a blog and call complete strangers names... You're truly making me laugh. Keep it coming if it makes you feel better.

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

    Yeah, I can see Janet Jackson, Katy Perry, Rihanna, Brittany Spears and Nicki Minaj having a performance similar to this style. There are probably more to name but those were just off the top of my head.

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

    Right. In this case, she can't control what other people wear BUT she can control herself from posing with them and smiling. Unless that wasn't her and maybe it was a look-a-like? I don't know...

  • Ms.Vanilla

    That is probably Shun King's ass. He bout to get blocked too.

  • You Could Never

    Lose fans as in the huge Nazi following she has. I am familiar with her. I was up here trying to tell folks who she was years ago when they were like she is a broke nobody etc when they were cape'n for Kanye in re to their awards show smash up. I was like ummm no.

  • Ms.Vanilla

    I also press the lock button for blacks too. Sorry but safety first.

  • Ms.Vanilla

    Guranteed? I think you give white people too much credit. Not all of them can be affluent and comfortable just because they are white.

  • Dontgetdraggedhoe??

    ???

  • dontgetblocked

    The opportunity is there. White men are always looking for a plastic Barbie. If a pwt Becky can transform herself from being trailer trash, she can meet an middle to high income man to take care of her. You'd be surprised how many of these well- to do wives came from the Holla. Becky's are very good at getting a MAN to pay for surgeries so they can be arm candy.

  • Ms.Vanilla

    Ok... you have a point.

  • BloodBlood

    The truth hurts!!!!

  • Indies beauty

    For my theories class, I'm analyzing Beyonce's Lyrics and cinematography for formation in regards to post modernism, specifically Bell Hooks theory of essentialism. I wonder which theory she applied

  • Indies beauty

    Found it. She's using good old Marxist theory. Honestly that Theory is so broad it can be applied to anything .......
    she's definitely reaching here.

  • The Goode Queen

    How can you ask someone to condemn a song saying it's "lyrics" support white supremacy and in the same breath ask that your "words" be considered free speech? Mmmkkkaaayyy

  • http://ebonynsweet.com Ebony N’ Sweet

    Calling her the KKK is a bit extreme. But you gotta be careful as a blogger. Most celebrities don't bother suing, but if they got the time and money.. And petty enough they can sue the pants off you lol

  • No Love Lost

    So true??

  • Lady_Elle

    Taylor Swift if considered an Aryan Queen by the Alt Right.
    Taylor can easily denounce the hate groups!
    I'll wait...

  • Faux Gibbler

    I don't recall hearing that. Any evidence to back this up? I'll wait.

  • Faux Gibbler

    Stupid.

  • Lady_Elle

    You can google it. I have heard rumblings about this and kind of ignored it.
    Ex.
    https://www.wnyc.org/story/taylor-swift-alt-right-icon/

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    Who GAF!!

  • Maxima

    Why are people always coming for Taylor Swift???? I have never seen so much jealousy directed at one person.

  • Lola

    Taylor must Google her name daily or pay someone to do it. A list of ppl to sue.

  • Renee26

    Better to be safe than sorry

  • EMILY POST

    Oh my god like WTF are people arguing about.... Everybody is not going to like you Taylor is a Business woman in Music.. Just like Miley Cyrus.
    Dont nobody need anybody to denounce no damn hate groups... What does that do? Make dumb people feel better because people will not voice their views out loud.

  • A WORK IN PROGRESS

    It's Taylor, the story was on TMZ years ago. She said said she didn't notice the HUGE red swastika ?

  • OrishasandMyAncestors

    She is far from being homophobic. The young lady is a lesbian hiding in the closet.

  • TheOwley

    It's a rhetorical statement laid out in a sarcastic tone by the rest of my post. I don't believe she is either. And yes, she may be closeted and when she is dang good and ready she'll let the world know.

  • Boom

    She didn't file a lawsuit. All this crap news. Geez, I guess you'll find anything on the internet.

  • Boom

    It all started when Neo-nazis posted images of her on Pinterest with quotes of Hitler on her image. She tried to force Pinterest to remove them but Pinterest chose to keep the neo-Nazi images of Swift. It was only after that that Neo-Nazis made her an icon. No one called out Pinterest.

  • http://bettybooplover.tumblr.com/ Berry Melon

    I wondered why POPFRONT closed the comments on their blog. Still they refused to delete the post.

  • Faux Gibbler

    LOL white republican woman with tan shoes were dancing to Taylor Swift? lol. Come on.