When Her Fans Got Upset With Another Singer, Taylor Swift Stepped In To Squash The Drama

“Respect to … all the brave artists out there sharing their truth with the world.”

When it comes to supporting fellow female artists — and LGBTQ voices — it seems Taylor Swift is ready to stand up for anyone, even if it means shutting down her own fans.


The situation stems from a comment made by up-and-comer Hayley Kiyoko in a recent interview with Refinery29 that caused Swifties to rise up. It happened when Kiyoko was talking about her dissatisfaction with the music industry and being pigeonholed because she identifies as LGBTQ, bringing Swift in passing.

"I've had several music execs say, 'You're doing another music video about girls?' I literally looked at them and was like, 'Um, yeah … Taylor Swift sings about men in every single song and video, and no one complains that she's unoriginal.' I'm not over-sexualizing my music," Kiyoko explained. "I make out with women because I love women, not because I'm trying to be sexy. That's not to turn heads — that's my life."

In the wake of this interview, some Swifties interpreted this as shade against the "Delicate" singer — but Swift herself didn't. The 28-year-old took to Tumblr to show solidarity with Kiyoko, a fellow woman in the industry, as well as to say that LGBTQ perspectives need to be heard.

"We should applaud artists who are brave enough to tell their honest romantic narrative through their art, and the fact is that I've never encountered homophobia and she has," Swift wrote. "It's her right to call out anyone who has double standards about gay vs. straight love interests."

The Tumblr post Swift responded to brought up how Swift herself made similar comments back in 2014 about sexism she has faced and how her music is judged unfairly in comparison to male artists who sing about love.

"You're going to have people who are going to say, 'Oh, you know, like, she just writes songs about her ex-boyfriends.' And I think frankly that's a very sexist angle to take," Swift told 2DayFMSydney (around the 5:30 mark in the above video). "No one says that about Ed Sheeran. No one says that about Bruno Mars. They're all writing songs about their exes, their current girlfriends, their love life, and no one raises the red flag there."

In the end, it seems all is well and there is mutual admiration between Kiyoko and Swift.

"[Heart emoji] and respect to @taylorswift13 and all the brave artists out there sharing their truth with the world," Kiyoko tweeted over the weekend. "I appreciate you. We keep climbing."

(H/T: HuffPost)


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