Pop singer Taylor Swift’s embrace of the Democratic Party and its hard-left social justice agenda is being rewarded in a battle with her former management, as Sen. Elizabeth Warren has jumped in on the singer’s side of the dispute.
But there’s more to the story than meets the eye, according to conservative political activist Candace Owens, who knows a snake when she sees one.
Looking for pop culture to embrace of her 2020 presidential campaign, Warren took to Twitter to show support for Swift and, being a hard-left progressive with little use for capitalism, attack private equity firms, which she claims are “gobbling up more and more of our economy, costing jobs and crushing entire industries.”
In responding to a tweet from the recording artist, Warren assured social media she has a plan to reign in private equity firms — just as she has a plan for the bourgeoisie mercilessly exploiting the proletariat. That plan, the “Stop Wall Street Looting Act,” was unveiled over the summer.
“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,” the Democratic senator from Massachusetts tweeted.
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. https://t.co/r2UD4CT1Ba
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) November 16, 2019
Fittingly, self-described socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortes, D-N.Y., also backed Swift, attacking private equity firms and claiming in this case that they’re holding the singer’s music “hostage.”
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. https://t.co/mSVeH718Hn
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) November 15, 2019
Swift released a statement last week addressing the dispute with her former record label, which is headed by Scooter Braun and Scott Borchetta — at issue is the sale of her back catalog, with the singer claiming she’s “not allowed” to perform old songs at the upcoming American Music Awards.
Swift enlisted her fans to “help.”
“Please let Scott Borchetta and Scooter Braun know how you feel about this,” Swift wrote. “I’m especially asking for help from The Carlyle Group, who put up money for the sale of my music to these two men.”
The Carlyle Group is a private equity firm that financed the sale of Swift’s former label, Big Machine Label Group, owned by Borchetta, to music manager Scooter Braun.
Big Machine Label Group released a statement painting a very different position of the dispute, and said her appeal to her fanbase “greatly affects the safety of our employees and their families.”
“As Taylor Swift’s partner for over a decade, we were shocked to see her tumblr statements yesterday based on false information,” the message read. “At no point did we say Taylor could not perform on the AMAs or block her Netflix special. In fact, we do not have the right to keep her from performing live anywhere. Since Taylor’s decision to leave Big Machine last fall, we have continued to honor all of her requests to license her catalog to third parties as she promotes her current record in which we do not financially participate.”
“The truth is, Taylor has admitted to contractually owing millions of dollars and multiple assets to our company, which is responsible for 120 hardworking employees who helped build her career,” the statement continued. “We have worked diligently to have a conversation about these matters with Taylor and her team to productively move forward. We started to see progress over the past two weeks and were optimistic as recently as yesterday that this may get resolved. However, despite our persistent efforts to find a private and mutually satisfactory solution, Taylor made a unilateral decision last night to enlist her fanbase in a calculated manner that greatly affects the safety of our employees and their families.”
All of which takes us back to Candace Owens.
Taking to Twitter to show support for Scooter Braun, Owens likened Swift’s tactic of using “angry fans” to do her bidding to “one of the most toxic forms of feminism I’ve ever seen.”
“One of the most toxic forms of feminism I’ve ever seen. Using angry fans who don’t know how business works to apply pressure to people who are under no contractual obligation to let you use what was SOLD to them. Once a ?. Always a ? #TeamScooter,” Owens tweeted.
One of the most toxic forms of feminism I’ve ever seen. Using angry fans who don’t know how business works to apply pressure to people who are under no contractual obligation to let you use what was SOLD to them. Once a ?. Always a ?#TeamScooter
— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) November 15, 2019
A perusal of the responses to Owen’s tweet confirms what she espoused, uniformed people weighing in with emotion, which is what Swift was after in the first place.
Not that Owens didn’t have her supporters, as seen here:
I really don’t know anything about the music industry or contracts but it’s common sense that if you want control over your own music you DON’T SELL IT!
— ??Shelley ﻦ ?? ? (@shelley_bean60) November 15, 2019
I cant believe im siding with candance owens but i am. People please inform yourself on how the music business works. Taylor was very aware of what happened to her the entire time. She just didnt expect to ever not get her way in this lifetime
— BMATO (@losychicos) November 15, 2019
I can’t say I agree with the feminism angle here. That can be toxic but I think this is more of a life lesson. Taylor made poor decisions to keep her fame and fortune earlier on (maybe still does?) and complains when she doesn’t have control. You can’t control sold content.
— Anodyne (@Anodyne4k) November 16, 2019
She signs a bad contract and now it’s everybody’s fault except hers ?♂️
— johnyqi (@JohnyQi) November 15, 2019
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