Making Jokes About That Taylor Swift ‘Groping’ Lawsuit Is Slut-Shaming And It Needs To Stop
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Ever since Taylor Swift cemented her title as Empress of the Universe (it happened some time between ‘Shake It Off’ and her fangirl commitment to Tumblr), it seems people have been waiting for her to duly fall back down to Earth.
It's a sad but true fact – the world builds up stars to watch them crash, and it typically happens with the help of a few malicious media 'exclusives'.
But that hasn't happened for Taylor, who has managed to cash in on her cardigan heavy clothing choices and lack of Bieber-esque breakdowns.
So, sadly, because she doesn't hide the (awesome) fact that she prefers spending her free time with her cats or baking cookies for famous friends, the world has to create new and subtler ways to lash out. Step forward, this ridiculous new lawsuit.
This week, it came to light that a radio DJ in Denver has filed a suit against Swift after she apparently 'got him fired by accusing him of sexual harassment' back in 2013.
It’s reported that during a meet and greet during one of Taylor’s shows, she went to take a picture with the DJ and his girlfriend, when he ‘lifted up her skirt and grabbed her bottom’.
Woah, that sounds pretty serious right? Well not really, because instead of concentrating on the fact that Taylor may have been sexually assaulted, all most people seem to care about is the *irony* of the 'ever-suing Swift' getting a taste of her own medicine.
Back last year, during the hype of 1989's release, stories started floating around that Taylor was trying to copyright certain phrases from her album - and it became obvious fairly quickly that most of it was bull.
Naturally, the jokes came thick and fast, and between that, Taylor's legal team attempting to take down unofficial merchandise from Etsy, and that WHOLE Apple saga, it became her big weakness... Taylor Swift only cares about money.
Now, it's safe to say that when you're arguably the biggest pop star in the world, you're probably suing a different person every day. Beyonce probably sues four different people before breakfast without breaking a sweat.
But it's important to remember it's not these actual stars doing it, it's their huge legal teams, because hey, that's what they pay them for.
Sure, it's semi-interesting that a local radio DJ is suing a pop star - but in the context of what he's suing her for, it's not classy to make jokes.
Saying Taylor 'deserves' it sounds innocent enough when referring to the ~outrageous hilarity~ that she occasionally takes people to court, but then factor in what she actually accused this DJ of doing.
Did she 'deserve' to be allegedly groped in front of a room full of people?
Did she 'deserve' to be forced to address this uncomfortable subject because the guy that harassed her decided to go public?
Categorically, completely, no.
Imagine that you were Taylor at the time. She is well aware that the media makes fun of her for filing lawsuits. When this whole ugly situation went down, it wouldn't be surprising if she genuinely didn't want to do anything about it - simply to avoid any scrutiny.
DO YOU EVEN REALISE HOW MESSED UP THAT IS?
At the end of the day, Taylor dealt with the situation in a subtle and classy-as-hell way, and nobody is allowed to turn it all around on her now and make light of what is quite a serious situation.
And while Tay still isn’t coming out publicly to discuss her personal life, she HAS reached out to fans on Tumblr who have been posting awesome messages of support for her.
One of the posts Taylor liked read: “And people wonder why women are afraid to speak out… This is why.”
Yep, couldn’t have said it better ourselves.
- By Charlotte Warwick