Taylor Swift slams Scooter Braun’s ‘toxic male privilege’ in Billboard speech
No subtlety here.
While accepting the first-ever Woman of the Decade honor at the Billboard Women in Music event on Thursday, Taylor Swift slammed industry foe Scooter Braun and the institutionalized sexism she says she’s experienced at the hands of the recording industry. Swift, who turns 30 on Friday, also called out those who supported Braun when she first blasted his acquisition of her master recordings through his purchase of her old record label.
“The definition of the 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 and their right to own their music,” Swift said during her 15-minute-long speech. “Of course he’s nice to you. If you’re in this room, he has something that he needs.
“The fact is that private equity is what enabled this man to think, according to his own social media post, that he could ‘buy me,’ but I’m obviously not going willingly.”
Braun has maintained that he’s reached out to the “Lover” singer numerous times in order to smooth over their ongoing feud but he claims his attempts prove futile. On Thursday, however, Swift said she hasn’t heard from anyone from Braun’s group, Ithaca Holdings.
“Yet, to this day, none of these investors have ever bothered to contact me or my team directly, to perform their due diligence on their investment, on their investment in me, to ask how I might feel about the new owner of my art — the music I wrote, the videos I created, photos of me, my handwriting, my album designs,” she continued. “And of course, Scooter never contacted me or my team to discuss it prior to the sale, or even when it was announced.”
Despite what she said in her speech, Swift previously appeared to admit to Vogue that she passed on the opportunity to purchase her masters.
“It was either investing in my past or my and other artists’ future, and I chose the future,” Swift told the publication of the deal she struck with UMG.
At the time the news of Braun’s acquisition of her masters went public, a source also confirmed to Page Six that the pop star had “months” to buy back her masters but chose to “walk away” in favor of a new deal with Universal.
“In the entire time of negotiations, she never once reached out about wanting her masters,” our source said.
Source : Francesca Bacardi Link