The ACLU and Taylor Swift are squaring off after the singer tried to get an article detailing how white supremacy movements have embraced her lyrics and music videos, and how her silence has exacerbated the matter, pulled from a website.
On Monday, the ACLU sent a letter to Swift’s legal team arguing that an article posted by PopFront that links the star to the white supremacy movement should not be taken down — as Swift has requested — because the writer has the right to free speech.
Things kicked off on Sept. 5 when PopFront posted an article by Meghan Herning titled, “Swiftly to the alt-right: Taylor subtly gets the lower case kkk in formation.” In it, the writer suggests that white supremacists co-opting Swift’s music as a message of support for their beliefs is no accident. The article declares that Swift’s silence on matters of politics is a statement in and of itself, and it calls upon her to formally denounce white supremacy.
“Silence in the face of injustice means support for the oppressor,” the article states.
The article goes on to suggest that lyrics from Swift’s songs and imagery from her videos is meant to embolden racists.