NYT’s Faces Boycott From Taylor Swift Fans Amid Controversy

Taylor Swift’s associates are speaking out against a recent New York Times opinion piece that suggests the pop superstar may be a closeted queer person.

The controversial article, written by editor Anna Marks, speculates on Swift’s possible queer identity based on references in her music and performances. However, Swift’s associates have condemned the piece, stating that it would not have been written about a male artist and calling it invasive and inappropriate.

The Times article, titled “The Hidden Queerness of Taylor Swift’s Music,” delves into various LGBTQ references in Swift’s songs and performances, suggesting that she may be trying to signal her queer identity to her fans.

Marks writes, “Those dropped hairpins began to appear in Ms. Swift’s artistry long before queer identity was undeniably marketable to mainstream America.”

However, Swift has previously denied being a member of the LGBTQ community and has only aimed to be a good ally.

In a 2019 interview with Vogue, she stated, “I didn’t realize until recently that I could advocate for a community that I’m not a part of.” In her re-recorded album “1989,” Swift also addresses how societal speculation about her relationships with men led her to surround herself with female friends.

The publication of this article has sparked criticism, with many calling it inappropriate for a reputable news organization to publish unconfirmed speculation about a person’s sexuality.

The Times received backlash from readers, with many questioning the decision to publish the piece despite Swift’s denials.

In response to the criticism, Marks preemptively addressed the concerns in the article, writing, “I know that discussing the potential of a star’s queerness before a formal declaration of identity feels, to some, too salacious and gossip-fueled to be worthy of discussion.”

The publication of this article raises questions about journalistic ethics and the responsibility of media outlets to respect the privacy and choices of individuals, especially when it comes to topics such as sexuality.

As of now, Swift has not publicly addressed the article or the backlash it has received.

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