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

Taylor Swift.   Mark Davis  Getty Images

Taylor Swift. Mark Davis Getty Images

PopFront Magazine, a left-leaning online pop culture and politics magazine, received a cease and desist letter from Swift's attorney on October 25 asking the site to remove a blog post that discussed "the idea that Taylor Swift is an icon of white supremacist, nationalists and other fringe groups", and the site is teaming up with the (ACLU) to respond. Bigots have referred to her as an "Aryan goddess," but unlike Papa John's, Swift has yet to denounce her neo-Nazi fanbase. Herning additionally penned another article, in which she criticizes Swift for taking legal action by stating, "This tactic can set a risky precedent because it would mean any public figure could chill any criticism levied at them". As The Cut reports, Swift's lawyer attempted to get a writer who linked Swift's music to the alt-right to retract and remove her article from the web.

"This is a completely unsupported attempt to suppress constitutionally protected speech", said ACLU of Northern California attorney Michael Risher of Swift's move.

It also condemns the Swift's lawyer's parting shot that threatens further legal ramifications against PopFront should the magazine publish its letter.

"Intimidation tactics like these are unacceptable", said ACLU attorney Matt Cagle in a statement.

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.

The ACLU is now asking that Swift's lawyers write a new letter promising that they will not pursue a lawsuit against Herning. "Let this letter stand as a yet another unequivocal denouncement by Ms". "...And Taylor's sweet, victim image is the ideal vehicle and metaphor for white supremacists' perceived victimisation".

Ultimately the question may not be whether Herning's take on Swift's lyrics is wrong or alt-right, but rather: Can a blogger's opinion on a singer's lyrics be considered legally defamatory?

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It claimed there were similarities between the lyrics in Swift's song, "Look What You Made Me Do", and white-supremacist chants at a violent Alt-Right rally in Charlottesville, Va., last August.

On Monday, the ACLU sent Swift a strongly worded letter telling her to back off a critic she reportedly tried to silence.

"Ms. Swift has no obligation to campaign for any particular political candidate or broadcast her political views, and the fact that her political views are not public enough for your taste does not give you the authority to presume what her political opinions may be", the letter states.

The ACLU, a non-profit organisation that aims to defend individual rights and liberties in the United States, stepped in and wrote back to Swift's legal team.

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

Swift's sixth album, "Reputation", is set for release on November 10.

The letter is important, because it's the first time Swift has - even ever-so-slightly - distanced herself from Donald Trump.

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