By no means in her wildest desires did Taylor Swift count on her new app to rapidly grow to be a spot of unhealthy blood.
However that is precisely what occurred, because the singer’s newest enterprise, The Swift Life, was swarmed with offended political conversations and homophobic feedback shortly after it launched.
Swift, 28, launched the app final week as a spot for followers to converge and discuss all issues Taylor; it has a Twitter-esque newsfeed, and followers work to unlock totally different Taylor-themed emojis referred to as “Taymojis” as they share content material within the hopes that Swift will discover them with a “like” or remark.
Issues rapidly received political, and inside 48 hours of its launch, the platform was flooded with arguments between conservative and liberal followers.
“I simply do not settle for gays lesbians and bisexuals,” one person wrote, as evidenced by a screenshot.
“Republicans and Trump supporters have simply as a lot a proper to be right here as everybody. There are individuals who voted for him or could vote Republican however did not vote for him. They might not agree together with his beliefs however at the very least he helps our troops,” one other person wrote, utilizing all capital letters to push her level throughout.
Although lots of the political posts have since been deleted (the app’s pointers condemn harassment and bullying), The Swift Life customers implied on Twitter that different customers have been defending Swift’s political silence.
The singer has remained famously tight-lipped on her political leanings, and confronted a lot criticism all through the 2016 election season for not publicly supporting Hillary Clinton.
The one time she acknowledged a vote was even occurring was on Election Day, when she posted a obscure Instagram urging her followers to “exit and VOTE” a technique or one other.
Her silence in each politics and denouncing white supremacy has been so deafening it is even gained her a legion of alt-right followers.
Final month, Swift and her authorized staff threatened to sue a blogger who posted a vital article on the implications of the singer’s silence referred to as, “Swiftly to the alt-right: Taylor subtly will get the decrease case kkk in formation.”
Within the lawsuit — with which the ACLU vowed to assist the author — Swift’s lawyer claimed Swift did, the truth is, denounce white supremacy, however that such a declaration was explicitly off the file and shouldn’t be made public resulting from copyright legal guidelines.