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NorCal Blogger Tussles With Taylor Swift Over First Amendment
KQED Arts

KQED Arts

November 9, 2017

Blogger Meghan Herning (Photo: Courtesy Meghan Herning)

In a post titled “Swiftly to the alt-right: Taylor subtly gets the lower case kkk in formation” on her blog PopFront, San Jose native Meghan Herning theorized to her 200-ish subscribers about parallels she saw between the Taylor Swift song “Look WhatYou Made Me Do” and a documentary she watched featuring Neo-Nazis marching through Charlottesville.

“In my personal opinion, I thought the tone of lyrics in Swift’s song, like, ‘I don’t like your kingdom keys / They once belonged to me’ were similar to you chants of ‘You will not replace us’ in Charlottesville,” Herning says. 

More prominent media outlets like Vice and The Huffington Post have speculated about the connection between the pop star and far right politics. 

So when Herning received a letter via email a couple of weeks ago from Swift’s Los Angeles-based lawyer, William J. Briggs II, demanding that she take down her blog post or face legal action for defamation, the 30-year-old Sacramento resident was shocked.

Listen to the radio segment for The California Report and read the full story here

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