In response to a cease-and-desist letter from Taylor Swift's lawyer, the ACLU went to bat this week for a blogger who accused the musician of tacitly boosting white supremacy.
In early September, a writer for the small blog PopFront penned an exhaustive essay exploring Swift's appeal with the alt-right, arguing she knowingly caters to their cause and then maintains a "calculated" political silence. "[L]ike the quiet support that Trump received to the surprise of polls, Democrats, and the world," Meghan Herning wrote, "Taylor is giving support to the white nationalist movements through lyrics that speak to their anger, entitlement, and selfishness."
The article is almost comedically conspiratorial, drawn straight from the well of radical race and gender theory. While not accurate, it's an amusing read, well worth protecting as free speech, as just about everything is.
But Swift was not amused, and demanded through her lawyer the story be retracted. In turn, the ACLU was not amused, sending the pop star a letter in rebuke on Monday sprinkled with cringe-inducing puns on her lyrics. “Criticism is never pleasant, but a celebrity has to shake it off, even if the critique may damage her reputation,” the letter reportedly said, informing Swift that “not even in [her] wildest dreams” would the article “constitute defamation.”
To dispel claims her work reflects white supremacist undertones, Swift should obviously seek out a more appropriate method than threatening obscure bloggers.
I can't help but mention this situation is made doubly amusing by the ACLU's own recent history with standards of "white supremacy." Back in August the organization agreed with critics who slammed it for tweeting a picture of a white baby in an ACLU onesie with the caption, "This is the future that ACLU members want." Those critics, the ACLU said, had provided a reminder that "white supremacy is everywhere."
Thus this entire dustup also somehow serves as an unlikely reminder of the Left's ever-expanding definition of "white supremacy," one that manages to implicate babies and non-political pop stars in advancing the cause of racial oppression.