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2019-12-14 14:42:201 Oct 2018 01:53 AM EST
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Taylor Swift made an appearance at Billboard’s Woman of the Decade Awards on Thursday night, Dec. 12. When the popstar accepted her award, she went on a 15-minute rant against “toxic male privilege” within the music industry. However, her speech failed to make an impression on the audience, according to The Blaze. Swift, who turned 30 on Friday, wore a navy-blue jumpsuit that featured gold chains across her neck and waist. She kept the rest of her look understated and simple with a braid and red lipstick. During her speech, Swift called out the sexism that persists in the industry.
“As a female in this industry, some people will always have slight reservations about you,” Swift said at Billboard’s 14th annual Women in Music event. “I saw that people love to explain away a woman’s success in the music industry.”
She added that critics wonder “whether you deserve to be there” or “whether your male producer or cowriter is the reason for your success.” Swift then spent several minutes explaining how hard it is for female artists to make it in the industry compared to male artists. She argued that female artists must prove themselves on a constant basis. She often referred to herself as an example. Swift revealed the times in which critics noticed flaws in her music or image and how she had to overcome that.
“In the last 10 years, I have watched as women in this industry are criticized and measured up to each other and picked at,” Swift said. “For their bodies, for their romantic lives, their fashion…”
Swift then revealed that male artists don’t receive the same criticism. For example, Ed Sheeran and Shawn Mendes are examples of two popular male artists who sing about their famous relationships, but don’t receive the same backlash that Swift does.
“Or have you ever heard someone say about a male artist, ‘I really like his songs, but I don’t know what it is, there’s just something about him I don’t like?”
“No!” Swift said. “That criticism is reserved for [women]!” Swift then brought up her ongoing battle with music executive Scooter Braun over the ownership of her master recordings. That’s when she addressed the “toxic male privilege” of the industry, including some of Braun’s defenders.
“The definition of ‘toxic male privilege’ in our industry is people saying, ‘but he’s always been nice to me,’ when I’m raising valid concerns about artists owning their rights to their own music,” Swift said. “Of course he’s nice to you. If you’re in this room, he has something that he needs.”
When Swift waited for applause, it never happened. According to TMZ, Swift’s speech was met with mixed reaction. When she finished speaking out about the music producer, she didn’t get the thunderous applause that she’s used to getting from her own fans. It was so quiet in the room that you could hear a pin drop. You can listen to Swift’s full speech here and judge for yourself.
A female executive in the audience said later, “The night was supposed to be about inspiration, but it turned into another, ‘poor little Taylor Swift.’ It’s hard to watch someone who’s had such privilege … to complain about her own personal issues.”
This feud started back in June when Swift revealed on her Tumblr blog that Braun’s Ithaca Holdings obtained ownership of her master recordings. It was also reported that Braun’s organization acquired Big Machine Label Group, the label that’s home to Swift’s first six albums, according to NBC New York. Swift claims that Braun never reached out to her about purchasing her music catalogue. Braun has taken to social media in attempt to meet with Swift and work out a deal with the singer. He also claims that he and his family have received death threats from her fans. Swift also claims that she hasn’t heard from him.
“None of these investors have ever bothered to contact me or my team directly to perform their due diligence on their investment,” Swift said. “They didn’t ask how I might feel about the owner of my art, the music I wrote, the photos of me, my handwriting, my album designs. Scooter never contacted me or my team to discuss it prior to the sell or even before it was announced.”
Swift’s speech on Thursday has reignited the feud as she also identified Soros and 23 Capital. According to Bloomberg, she also called out Carlyle last month, asking for help in persuading Braun to allow her to perform her hit music at the 2019 American Music Awards. Carlyle has declined to comment to Swift’s speech, while the Soros family didn’t respond to comment on the legal battle. It’s hard to tell whether Taylor Swift will end up getting her masters in the end. It could be a long fight.
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