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.