Presidential Candidate Elizabeth Warren Comments on Taylor Swift’s Conflict With Scooter Braun
Taylor Swift’s conflict with Scooter Braun and Scott Borchetta officially reached the desk of a politician. On Nov. 16, presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren tweeted out her support for Swift and tied it into her own campaign. Since then, the situation between Swift, Borchetta, and Braun has been temporarily solved. Big Machine Label Group released a statement that Swift will be able to perform her old catalog at the American Music Awards.
Taylor Swift posted a letter on social media
On Nov. 14, Swift posted a letter on her social media accounts with the caption “Don’t know what else to do.” In the letter, Swift claimed Borchetta and Braun kept her from performing her old catalog at the AMAs. Swift also alleged the two would not let her use her old songs in an upcoming Netflix documentary.
“It’s been announced recently that the American Music Awards will be honoring me with the Artist of the Decade Award at this year’s ceremony. I’ve been planning to perform a medley of my hits throughout the decade on the show. Scott Borchetta and Scooter Braun have now said that I’m not allowed to perform my old songs on television because they claim that would be re-recording my music before I’m allowed to next year,” Swift wrote in the letter.
Swift continued, “Scott Borchetta told my team that they’ll allow me to use my music only if I do these things: If I agree to not re-record copycat versions of my songs next year (which is something I’m both legally allowed to do and looking forward to) and also told my team that I need to stop talking about him and Scooter Braun.”
Elizabeth Warren spoke out in support of Taylor Swift
After Swift posted the letter, fans of the singer expressed their disappointment that Swift still dealt with issues from Borchetta and Braun. Celebrities also rushed to support Swift on social media. Outside of the entertainment industry, Warren used Swift’s situation in an attempt to relate it back to politics.
“Unfortunately, @TaylorSwift13 is one of many whose work has been threatened by a private equity firm. They’re gobbling up more and more of our economy, costing jobs and crushing entire industries. It’s time to rein in private equity firms—and I’ve got a plan for that,” Warren tweeted.
Elizabeth Warren is not the only politician supporting Taylor Swift
Another prominent Democrat tweeted their support for Swift. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York also used Swift’s story as a political example.
“Private equity groups’ predatory practices actively hurt millions of Americans. Their leveraged buyouts have destroyed the lives of retail workers across the country, scrapping 1+ million jobs. Now they’re holding @taylorswift13’s own music hostage. They need to be reigned in,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted.
Taylor Swift will be able to perform her songs at the AMAs
On Nov. 18, Big Machine Label Group released a statement asserting that Swift has permission to perform her planned medley at the AMAs. The company released the statement to Entertainment Tonight.
“The Big Machine Label Group and Dick Clark Productions announce that they have come to terms on a licensing agreement that approves their artists’ performances to stream post show and for re-broadcast on mutually approved platforms. This includes the upcoming American Music Awards performances,” reads the statement.
While this statement does not answer the question of if Swift will be able to use her songs in the Netflix documentary, it is a victory for Swift and her fans.