"She’s genuinely a good person," Joseph Kahn tweets while defending Swift. "The media is being really shitty."
"People that accuse Taylor of supporting white supremacists: YOU’RE A BUNCH OF F-CKING IDIOTS," the "Look What You Made Me Do" video director tweeted Monday evening.
The filmmaker gave his thoughts on the subject after the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) defended a PopFront blogger who Swift's legal team threatened with a lawsuit over a piece linking her music to the alt-right movement.
In response to Megan Herning's article, "Swiftly to the alt-right: Taylor subtly gets the lower case kkk in formation," Swift's lawyer demanded that PopFront either remove it or issue a retraction, arguing it was "provably false and defamatory."
The ACLU, however, rushed to Herning's defense, calling her post "a mix of political speech and critical commentary." An ACLU lawyer argued the piece isn't defamatory because it "discusses the resurgence of white supremacy and the fact that some white supremacists have embraced Swift. It also provides a critical interpretation of some of Swift's music, lyrics and videos. The post ends by calling on Swift to personally denounce white supremacy, saying 'silence in the face of injustice means support for the oppressor.'"
But Herning isn't the first person to argue that Swift's music serves as a "subtle, quiet white support of a racial hierarchy" by likening her lyrics to the doctrines behind white supremacy and neo-Nazism. Swift has often been heralded as a Nazi idol by sites like Broadly, which referred to Swift as an "Aryan pop queen" in a 2016 article, and Breibart, a far-right website that recently tweeted out the lyrics of "Look What You Made Me Do" in conjunction with its news stories.
Kahn insisted Swift is "genuinely a good person" while offering more thoughts on Twitter.
Let’s remember there’s one major recording artist who has publicly endorsed a white supremacist. pic.twitter.com/KYT1Gzzc0W— Joseph Kahn (@JosephKahn) November 7, 2017
There are double standards to how we hold women accountable vs men on the same accusations. We have a lot to do as a society. Facts.— Joseph Kahn (@JosephKahn) November 7, 2017
Because she’s genuinely a good person. I can work with anyone. I have plenty of offers. She’s real. The media is being really shitty. https://t.co/CVE67wIsvx— Joseph Kahn (@JosephKahn) November 7, 2017
Typical tweet 1. Lie 2. Threat 3. Insult my looks 4. Call me racist 5. End with racist slur— Joseph Kahn (@JosephKahn) November 7, 2017
He's definitely going to be President one day. https://t.co/dw4OnXDuvT