Published: Tue, November 07, 2017
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

Taylor Swift Threatens Lawsuit Against Music Writer After 'Defamatory' Review

Taylor Swift Threatens Lawsuit Against Music Writer After 'Defamatory' Review

Culture and politics blog PopFront published a post titled 'Swiftly to the alt-right: "Taylor subtly gets the lower case kkk in formation" in September.

Briggs sent this dick-swinging letter to inform Herning that Taylor Swift is not a Nazi supporter, then informed Herning she'd be breaking the law if she made that information public. Swift and Adolf Hitler; 3) that the 'lyrics [of "Look What You Made Me Do"] are the most explicit in speaking to white anger and affirming white supremacy;' and 4) that Ms. Herning also chastises Swift for not denouncing President Donald Trump during the campaign season. The letter labels Herning's blog post as "provably false and defamatory" and threatens a lawsuit.

Herning, who wrote that the lyrics of Swift's recent single "Look What You Made Me Do" were perhaps a knowing message of solidarity with the alt-right, received a letter on October 25 from William J. Briggs II, who represents Taylor Swift. Herning additionally penned another article, in which she criticizes Swift for taking legal action by stating, "This tactic can set a unsafe precedent because it would mean any public figure could chill any criticism levied at them".

Swift has been criticized for not endorsing Hillary Clinton during the 2016 election, though some claim she may have indicated her support for Clinton by her choice of an outfit to vote in.

Swift's lawyer was not immediately available for comment. Additionally, Briggs asserts that Swift has not remained silent on the issue of white supremacy. They've also now published the letter from the celeb's lawyers, claiming that copyright law does not apply because "this is not a commercial use, and there is no market for this letter, in part because it is tied to the facts of this specific case". "Swift is clear", the letter reads. Briggs calls the allegation "preposterous", and writes that the blog's "a baseless fiction masquerading as fact", which is a phrase with some flair. As the ACLU states in their letter to Briggs, "comparisons to Hitler are offensive, but they are not defamatory because they inevitably are opinions".

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In the era of challenging and complex global relations, states should focus on long-term partnerships and cooperation, he said. Hale said the United States had told Pakistani officials to take decisive action against terrorists active from its soil.

"Intimidation tactics like these are unacceptable", Matt Cagle, another attorney with the organization, added.

Notably, in their letter the ACLU references Swift's songs "Shake It Off", "Wildest Dreams", and the title of her album Reputation.

Also, the ACLU has jokes!

"Criticism is never pleasant, but a celebrity has to shake it off, even if the critique may damager her reputation", the letter reads.

Meanwhile, Swift's new album Reputation is set to drop on Friday. While there's absolutely no validity to any of these assertions, Swift has come under fire in the past for her reluctance to state her political stances, a sign which some have taken as an admission to being conservative or perhaps even further along the right. "The press should not be bullied by high-paid lawyers or frightened into submission by legal jargon", she said via the ACLU's press release.

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