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Can't Shake It Off: How Taylor Swift Became a Nazi Idol

Nazis and members of the "alt-right" consider Taylor Swift an Aryan pop queen who is “red pilling” America into a race war through her pop hits.

Every demographic chooses a pop icon. Gay men worship Cher, black women love Beyoncé, and neo-Nazis worship Taylor Swift, a skinny, blonde Pennsylvania girl that they have labeled an "Aryan Goddess." Nazis and members of the "alt right"—an Internet subculture that is best described as the venn diagram of hipster culture and white supremacy—have been spreading a conspiracy theory that Swift is a covert Nazi. They claim Swift's songs "red pilled" America into believing a conservative, racist agenda. (Taylor Swift's representative, a publicist named Tree Paine, did not return Broadly's request for comment.)

"Firstly, Taylor Swift is a pure Aryan goddess, like something out of classical Greek poetry. Athena reborn. That's the most important thing," explains Andre Anglin, the writer of the white supremacist blog the Daily Stormer. "It is also an established fact that Taylor Swift is secretly a Nazi and is simply waiting for the time when Donald Trump makes it safe for her to come out and announce her Aryan agenda to the world. Probably, she will be betrothed to Trump's son, and they will be crowned American royalty." (Swift is notoriously private about her political leanings, although, after Obama was elected, she told Rolling Stone, "I've never seen this country so happy about a political decision in my entire time of being alive. I'm so glad this was my first election.")

It's unclear when the white supremacists started writing blog posts about their Taylor Swift fandom. Anglin believes Swift Nazi memes may have existed since her "Teardrops on My Guitar" days. "Some believe it was meme magic that made her famous—though no one can be certain," he says. "We are certain that as soon as Nazis saw her, they were magnetically drawn to her sculpted Aryan form and angelic demeanor."

Breitbart columnist Milo Yiannopoulos believes the memes may have originated with a Pinterest user named @poopcutie, which was helmed by a teenage girl named Emily Pattinson. In 2013, she started pining memes attributing Adolf Hitler quotes to Swift to spoof memes that falsely attributed inspiring quotes to Marilyn Monroe. Pattinson emblazoned an image of Swift in a ball gown walking past trees with the Hitler quote: "As in everything, NATURE is the best instruction." BuzzFeed aggregated her posts without asking Pattinson for comment, and then Pattinson went viral. "Everyone wants to go viral," she says. She soon learned that short-lived Internet fame isn't what it's cracked up to be, when Swift's lawyer, J Douglas Baldridge, sent Pinterest a threatening letter, which Pattinson provided to Broadly. Part of the letter read as follows:

The association of Ms. Swift with Adolf Hitler undisputedly is 'harmful,' 'abusive,' 'ethnically offensive,' 'humiliating to other people,' 'libelous,' and no doubt 'otherwise objectionable.' It is of no import that Ms. Swift may be a public figure or that Pinterest conveniently now argues that the Offending Material is mere satire or parody. Public figures have rights. And, there are certain historical figures, such as Adolf Hitler, Charles Manson and the like, who are universally identified in the case law and popular culture as lightning rods for emotional and negative reaction.


Citing parody laws, Pinterest refused to take down the Hitler/Swift memes. "I didn't continue making the quote images, but I didn't delete my board either," Pattinson tells Broadly. In her wake, other Hitler/Swift meme accounts have popped up.

On Facebook, a group called Taylor Swift for Fascist Europe has over 18,000 likes. The group's community manager—who remains anonymous— tells Broadly in an email that he wishes "to preserve Europe" through fascism. "Not only has fascism traditionally opposed Marxism, rather than simple opposition to Communism in the spirit of many traditional conservative ideologies, but anti-Marxist principles are at the core of its ideology," he writes. "Only through the destruction of Marxism can Europe be restored to its former glory, and only fascism can ensure this destruction." Although he doesn't believe Swift is "red pilling" the masses, he says he believes that she embodies the Aryan "spirit."



"Being Aryan is not simply a matter of blood, but it is also a matter of spirit," the community manager writes in an email to Broadly. "Take Kim Kardashian or Miley Cyrus as examples of this: both began their lives with the same Nordic blood that Swift did, but what makes these two degenerates unfit for consideration as fascist icons? It is because, although Aryan in blood, the two are not Aryan in spirit. To be Aryan in spirit is what completes the fascist."

Now, actual fascists adore Swift. The Daily Stormer has published 24 posts about Swift, including "Aryan Goddess Taylor Swift Accused of Racism for Behaving Like an Ape in a Music Video" and "Memification: Top Feminist Calls Taylor Swift a Nazi." As Yiannopoulos points out, blogger Michael Collins worries that Swift has "succumbed" to the "Merchant," which is Nazi code for "Jewish."

"It's incredible really that she's surrounded by these filthy, perverted Jews, and yet she remains capable of exuding 1950s purity, femininity and innocence," Anglin says. "She is the anti-Miley. While Miley is out having gang-bangs with colored gentlemen, she is at home with her cat reading Jane Austen."

Yiannopoulos writes that Swift works as an avatar for the ultra right because she comes across as a born conservative but also keeps politics out of her public identity. The blonde, pale star grew up in Pennsylvania, one of the original 13 colonies, while her father worked as a wealth manager and senior vice president of Merrill Lynch. She originally sang country music, the genre beloved by the same people who voted twice for George W. Bush.

Some of the alt-right's defenders argue that memes just exist to rankle and troll people—the "Taylor Swift for Fascist Europe" page, for example, is listed as a comedian on Facebook. Perhaps, but racist jokes often come out of racists' mouths. Nevertheless, Anglin's commitment to Swift's ascendance into the role of figurehead in the coming white supremacist uprising remains steadfast. "The entire alt-right patiently awaits the day when we can lay down our swords and kneel before her throne," Anglin says, "as she commands us to go forth and slaughter the subhuman enemies of the Aryan race."

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Pharaoh Bastethotep

Trump's son [...} will be crowned American royalty.

DO NOT WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANT!!!
(Which one, by the way?)

2/11/2019 1:39:39 AM

Malingspann

"It's incredible really that she's surrounded by these filthy, perverted Jews, and yet she remains capable of exuding 1950s purity, femininity and innocence," Anglin says. "She is the anti-Miley. While Miley is out having gang-bangs with colored gentlemen, she is at home with her cat reading Jane Austen."


Imagine DJS reading that.

2/11/2019 1:51:36 AM

Blair

I don't know what this is, but I like it.

And I don't even like Swift's music.

And yes, David J. Stewart just collapsed on the floor.

2/11/2019 1:58:09 AM

Pharaoh Bastethotep

she is at home with her cat reading Jane Austen.

That's a pretty cultured cat.

2/11/2019 4:21:03 AM

Chloe

Pretty, blonde blue eyes girl who sings country music, therefore Nazi icon.


I grew up listening to Taylors' songs and they're just generic love songs.

2/11/2019 4:22:27 AM



Didn't the right turn on her when she issued that first political statement?

2/11/2019 4:35:19 AM

K'Zad Bhat

#2183367

Yes, they did, but this article is over 2 years old, back before she told everyone . . . again . . . that no, she's not a Nazi. Apparently the way she talked about the 2008 election wasn't enough of a hint, she had to get more obvious about it just a few months ago.

But who knows, these dumb shits could all still be worshipping her and jerking off to her still.

2/11/2019 5:48:07 AM

KingOfRhye

"Take Kim Kardashian or Miley Cyrus as examples of this: both began their lives with the same Nordic blood that Swift did


Hmm... Kardashian has Armenian descent, through her father...does that count as "Nordic" with these people?

2/11/2019 6:10:17 AM

Anon-e-moose

"Firstly, Taylor Swift is a pure Aryan goddess, like something out of classical Greek poetry. Athena reborn. That's the most important thing," explains Andre Anglin, the writer of the white supremacist blog the Daily Stormer. "It is also an established fact that Taylor Swift is secretly a Nazi and is simply waiting for the time when Donald Trump makes it safe for her to come out and announce her Aryan agenda to the world


You're reduced to 'Memes'? Well, here's a more-than meme based on fact which made a certain section of 4chan - that have distanced themselves from Anglin & Yiannopoulos for the reasons that even Stevie Wonder can see; they, along with Richard 'Punchable Nonce' Spencer are no longer '/theirguys/' - /pol/ go into meltdown:



Thus your attempts at 'Trolling' have actually blown up in your own faces. Like I say: the reaction to Ms. Swift trolling Trumptards: on a Salt-right board. Andy 'Jailbait-loving Race Traitor' Anglin reduced to Attention Whoring like Milo 'Paedophile' Yiannopoulos.

Nazi Fight!

@K'Zhad Bhat

this article is over 2 years old


The above Tweet is four months old. An older meme for a certain Rule 63'd character keeps on a-keepin' on.

The power of a woman who can make certain... 'people' S E E T H E.

...and Bowsette.

Like a woman who took on the almighty $trillion Apple: and won, who knows what fan power will be able to do re. Ninty & more than a mere 'Meme' that started as a notion posited in a 4-panel comic strip by ayyk92 before that Salt-right meme-destroying Tweet.

You created - as well as porting to the Switch - the oh so not family friendly "Bayonetta II": with a "III" on the way; even Mk. II Bayonetta in "Super Smash Bros", so you have no excuses in not including Bowsette in any future "Mario" or "SSB" games.

If she shiggys their diggys, Shigeru & co., therefore...!

2/11/2019 6:15:23 AM

Doubting Thomas

I really feel sorry for Taylor Swift now. Not only is David J. Stewart presumably fapping over her, but so are hundreds of neo-nazis.

2/11/2019 7:10:37 AM

Kanna

"Every demographic chooses a pop icon."

No we don't. Every demographic with a mental age somewhere below the late teens might do so, but (and I realize this is going to be a big shocker, so have a seat) MOST...PEOPLE...GROW...UP. A grasp of reality is your friend. Embrace it.

She is an entertainer, a cut above the magician people hire to entertain children, but still, just an entertainer. We don't choose our entertainers for their socio-political acumen, but for their ability to entertain. You've read your own fantasies into her public persona. Please, stop fantasizing and grow the hell up.

2/11/2019 8:28:37 AM

Skide

Quickly, someone send this to DJS! We need to have this crossover happen, people!

2/11/2019 9:11:51 AM

Thinking Allowed

Wow, I'm surprised that DJS didn't make the connection.

2/11/2019 9:46:11 AM

SpukiKitty

....Then Swift openly rebuked you guys and endorsed Democratic candidates and you all now have egg on your faces!

Real people like me are now laughing at you!

2/11/2019 9:50:14 AM

K'Zad Bhat

@Kanna

I admit that well past late teenage years, I still have a thing for certain icons of my youth, but I'm much more spread out than most. After all, I still find both Mister Rogers and Marilyn Manson to be highly inspirational people. Mister Rogers who told us to always be our best, and Marilyn Manson who always warned us to recognize our worst along with it. To clarify, he didn't say act out your worst, but to recognize it.

@Anon-e-moose

Yes, the article quoted here is over 2 years old, which is longer ago than the 4 months of that tweet that should hopefully have fully destroyed the Neo-Nazi Aryan Goddess image . . . as if the way she talked about the 2008 election wasn't quite a clue for these people. That's why that tweet, and Swift liking the pic shown, is what made those right wingers feel so betrayed by their own inability to keep from projecting their own thoughts and feeling on anyone who doesn't shoot a Klan member directly in the head. Who knows, maybe they still think a Klan killer is still on their side.

But either way, 2 years is longer than 4 months, so the Neo-Nazis thinking she was their Goddess in 2016 can be forgiven for not taking into account this tweet. I wouldn't forgive them for much else, but I'll let that one go.

2/11/2019 12:45:35 PM

Blair

Also... 'colored gentlemen'?

That is a very outdated term.

2/11/2019 1:57:39 PM

creativerealms

Is she still an alt-right icon? I thought that ended last november when she supported liberal democratic politicians.

Oh two year old post.

2/11/2019 2:31:30 PM

Gabriel LaVedier

That's fine. I'm a Katy Perry man myself. And Shakira (The singer, not Michael Caine's wife).

Oh if only there was a she-wolf in the closet.

2/11/2019 6:46:03 PM

Swede

It’s an established fact in Anglin’s head, that she’s a Nazi. As he’s one, she must be one too…
Aren’t Trumps sons (of marrying age) already "betrothed"? Little Barron is hardly fit for Ms. Swift.

"they will be crowned American royalty"



The Nazis I knew of when I was young wasn’t into that kind of music. They were drawn to ska-music and punk.

Her cat likes Jane Austen?

How does she come across as a born conservative? Because you like her to be one?

Lay down your swords and go forth to slaughter enemies? With your bare hands?

2/12/2019 3:44:01 AM

The Crimson Ghost

I just hope Donald's greasy little mini-me on the right there enjoys his indictment when it hits him. I certainly will.

2/13/2019 8:01:41 AM

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