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Taylor Swift’s silence on Trump speaks volumes

Taylor Swift remains to this day one of the only major A-list celebrities who has not weighed in on the election. A carefully chosen word of warning about the effect a successful Trump bid on normalizing misogyny or discrimination would have made for a natural extension of Swift’s past desires to increase the level of public discourse around feminism. But of course, it all comes down to money.

Literally Taylor Swift has not sued a single person, other than the guy that sexually assaulted her. And she certainly has not sued fans. A cease and desist is NOT the same as actually suing someone and taking them to court. In case anyone isn’t aware of what a cease and desist actually is; it’s a letter of demand or infringement sent in order to halt and end any alleged unlawful activity. And by the way, by issuing cease and desists to those who are selling items associated with her trademarks or capitalising on things associated with her, Taylor is simply maintaining her brand from a business perspective.

Beyoncé’s lawyers sent cease and desists to Etsy businesses in order to protect her name and protect her brand, exactly the same as Taylor, but no one is dragging her for it. Kanye West, Dr. Dre and Nene Leakes have all issued cease and desists publicly, and I’d say anyone that has trademarks or a brand attached to their name have done the same thing at least once in their careers.

Additionally, trademarks aren’t something you can pick and choose when to enforce. If you have one, legally you have to enforce it all the time, otherwise large enterprises can say “hey you didn’t enforce it here why are we any different?” You can’t restrict one person from using your trademark or selling things associated with you without restricting everyone. It’s just not how the law works.

And I’d also really like to end the “Taylor Swift sues fans” narrative because it’s fucking stupid and anyone who thinks it’s true is ignorant enough not to know any actual facts.