Taylor Swift’s Fans are Calling On These Male Musicians To Speak Up About Her Situation; Here’s Why

Taylor Swift is one of the most prominent artists of the decade. She has sold out arenas and broken YouTube and streaming records. But recently, there has been a lot of contention over her old tracks, since they now belong to Scooter Braun, Scott Borchetta, and Big Machine Records. 

Swift is now alleging they’re holding her original songs from her first six albums hostage. She claims they denied her the ability to perform them at the AMAs and in a Netflix film, and now fans are demanding certain celebrities speak out on it. 

Taylor Swift waving to fans at Tianhe Sports Center in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province of China.
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Taylor Swift claims more unfair treatment by Scooter Braun and Scott Borchetta

Swift posted a lengthy note on her Tumblr account on Nov. 14, where she alleged that the Big Machine Record label, specifically Scooter Braun and Scott Borchetta, are barring her from performing her classic hits tat the American Music Awards. She is being awarded the Artist of the Decade Award and wants to do a medley of her old hits. 

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. Additionally – and this isn’t the way I had planned on telling you this news – Netflix has created a documentary about my life for the past few years. Scott and Scooter have declined the use of my older music or performance footage for this project, even though there is no mention of either of them or Big Machine Records anywhere in the film.

— Taylor Swift, Tumblr

She then went on to write that the two men gave Swift an ultimatum. She claims they said they would allow her to perform those songs and have them in her Netflix documentary only if she promises not to re-record her music and to stay quiet about Braun and Borchetta moving forward. 

Big Machine insists Swift isn’t telling the whole truth

In response, Big Machine Record, cosigned by Braun’s SB Projects company, sent a statement out on Nov. 15, as reported by Variety. They claim that negotiations with Swift had positive momentum, and were blindsided by Swift enlisting “her fanbase in a calculated manner that greatly affects the safety of our employees and their families.”

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They are claiming she’s lying: “Taylor, the narrative you have created does not exist,” saying they didn’t block her AMA performance or Netflix film. “We do not have the right to keep her from performing live anywhere,” their statement read. They did not, however, speak on her claims that Big Machine blocked her use of old, original songs. 

There are some artists that fans are urging to speak up for Swift

At the end of Swift’s letter, she urged fans and artists under Braun’s management to “talk some sense into the men who are exercising tyrannical control over someone who just wants to play the music she wrote.” Some artists under Braun’s management include Justin Beiber, Demi Lovato, and Ariana Grande. 

While none of them have responded to this recent Swift news, fans are urging Ed Sheeran and Shawn Mendes to speak out against Braun and Big Machine. Twitter user @metayphorical tweeted, “where is ed sheeran? where is shawn mendes? where are all the artists that taylor lifted up their careers, fought for their rights?? sure, reaching out privately is nice but F*CK YOUR PRIVATE SUPPORT!! when has private support ever made change?!”

Another user, @sapphictays, wrote, “THE WAY EVERY SINGLE MAN IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY SHOWED SUPPORT FOR JUSTIN BIEBER WHEN HE ADMITTED TO ABUSING WOMEN BUT THEY ARE SILENT WHEN MEN ARE BLACKMAILING A WOMAN FOR HER OWN WORK”

And it’s not just those male artists either. Fans are also noting Camilla Cabello’s silence as well. They have all performed on Swift’s tour at one point or another and Sheeran and Mendes have collaborated with her.

There are a ton of people behind Swift’s back as well

Swift does have support, though. Halsey and Selena Gomez posted lengthy messages on their Instagram stories. And Lily Allen and Ruby Rose have commented in support for Swift as well.

It’s unknown, at this point, if Big Machine will change their stance or if Swift will have to wait until November 2020 to do anything with her old music. Swift might not even perform at the AMAs now, at least not with her original set. But for many devoted Swifties, this is their time to stand up for their fave.