Taylor Swift is making sure people know she’s not a white supremacist.
Her lawyer wrote a letter to the website PopFront over an article that recently indicated that Swift had popularity with white supremacists.
In the article, which is titled, “Swiftly to the alt-right: Taylor subtly gets the lower case kkk in formation,” the writer Meghan Herning argues that Swift’s new single “Look What You Made Me Do” comes across as a “subtle, quiet white support of a racial hierarchy.”
Swift’s attorney, William J. Briggs wrote in a letter to the writer that her article is “provably false and defamatory story.” He threatened a lawsuit if the website didn’t remove the article or issue a retraction.
“It appears to be a malicious attack against Ms. Swift that goes to great lengths to portray Ms. Swift as some sort of white supremacist figurehead, which is a baseless fiction masquerading as fact and completely misrepresents Ms. Swift,” Briggs wrote.
He remarked on the pop star’s choice to be silent in the last election as her having, “no obligation to campaign for any particular political candidate or broadcast her political views.”
Meghan Herning shared the letter with the ACLU which called Swift’s attorney’s claims “meritless.”
The ACLU has said the article was a “mix of political speech and critical commentary.”
“This is a completely unsupported attempt to suppress constitutionally protected speech,” said Michael Risher, an attorney for ACLU of Northern California.
“Not in her wildest dreams can Ms. Swift use copyright law to suppress this exposure of a threat to constitutionally protected speech,” said Matt Cagle another lawyer for the ACLU.