Thursday, 15 November, 2018

The ACLU weighs in on Taylor Swift's battle with the alt-right

Taylor Swift's lawyers are being accused of fighting against the First Amendment as she prepares to go to court over a blog post Taylor Swift Threatens to Sue Blog Over White Supremacist Remarks Kevin Burwick
Freda Brock | 09 November, 2017, 19:54

T-Swift released the tracklist of her upcoming "Reputation" album after it was leaked on social media. "Look What You Made Me Do", "Gorgeous", and "Call It What You Want". "Swift of white supremacy and the alt-right".

As the ACLU published both Swift's legal letter and its response, the organisation's Michael Risher said of the former: "This is a completely unsupported attempt to suppress constitutionally protected speech".

Continuing her string of performances, SiriusXM also announced this morning that Swift will perform an exclusive acoustic performance in front of select subscribers tomorrow to celebrate Reputation's release. "The similarities are uncanny and unsettling".

In the letter to PopFront's Herning, Swift's lawyer, William J. Briggs II, writes: "The story is replete with demonstrable and offensive falsehoods which bear no relation to reality or the truth about Ms".

Swift's new album will be available in retail, as well as online stores such as iTunes, but it will take a week or so before "Reputation" will hit music streaming platforms. "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 embraced Ms. Swift". Swift's performance of this never-before-heard song will air during "Scandal".

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"3 days until #reputation", Swift's post reads, attached to the album's original artwork where the track list of 15 songs is placed on the right side of her face.

Herning also spoke publicly about the cease-and-desist letter.

This isn't the first time Swift tried to legally quell comparisons between herself and white supremacists. And, for good measure, it points out that Swift's lawyers demanded that the PopFront article be removed the day before they actually sent their letter.

Columnist Milo Yiannopoulos explained in Breitbart News that the alt-right thinks "Swift is covertly 'red-pilled, ' concealing her secret conservative values from the progressive music industry while issuing subtle nods to a reactionary fan base".

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