The ACLU has introduced that it’s stepping as much as defend Meghan Herning, an editor for PopFront who lately obtained a threatening letter from Taylor Swift and her legal professional over a weblog publish referred to as “Swiftly to the alt-right: Taylor subtly will get the decrease case kkk in formation.” The piece was about how white supremacists have embraced Swift as one among their very own, believing she has been hiding racist canine whistles in her lyrics, and although it reaches a bit—most likely as a result of the folks ascribing Nazi ideology to “Look What You Made Me Do” are reaching loads—the primary level is that Herning believes Swift ought to converse out a method or one other and make it clear what her beliefs really are.
Swift and/or her lawyer apparently took offense to this, sending a stop and desist letter to Herning that demanded she situation a retraction and take away the story from all social media accounts. The ACLU says the letter additionally tried to make use of copyright legislation as a justification for stopping Herning from saying something in regards to the letter in public, whereas additionally claiming that it ought to function the “unequivocal denouncement by Ms. Swift of white supremacy and the alt-right”—despite the fact that the copyright bit would imply that Herning isn’t allowed to inform anybody that Swift is denouncing the white supremacists.
The ACLU says Swift’s authorized claims are “unsupported” as a result of the weblog publish in query is protected by the First Modification, and in an announcement Herning mentioned, “these scare techniques could have labored for Taylor prior to now, however I’m not backing down.”