After Taylor Swift posted a lengthy post calling out Scooter Braun for years of “manipulative bullying” and purchasing her master recordings, other celebrities are coming to the “You Need To Calm Down” singer’s defence.
Swift called Braun’s purchase of Scott Borchetta’s Big Machine Records, including the masters of her recordings, her “worst case scenario.”
“When I left my masters in Scott’s hands, I made peace with the fact that eventually he would sell them,” she said. “Never in my worst nightmares did I imagine the buyer would be Scooter. Any time Scott Borchetta has heard the words ‘Scooter Braun’ escape my lips, it was when I was either crying or trying not to. He knew what he was doing; they both did. Controlling a woman who didn’t want to be associated with them. In perpetuity. That means forever.”
Despite Swift’s claims, “Chandelier” singer Sia vouched for Braun via Twitter on Monday evening, sharing that she believes he is “a good kind man.”
Her message of support did not sit well with Swifties, who quickly accused Sia of performing in blackface. Prior to appearing onstage in her signature oversized wigs, Sia would often attempt to blend in with the background of the venues she played by painting herself black.
Meanwhile, Swift’s “Me!” collaborator Brendon Urie gave fans a taste of what he thought of the ordeal during a livestream on social media.
“This Scooter Braun s**t, like what a piece of s**t, right? You guys know about this dude?” Brendon said. “It just like broke my heart, I read Taylor‘s statement and I was like, ‘That sounds about right.’ Toxic dudes doing toxic bulls**t in this toxic industry.”
He then added, “It’s disgusting, right? What a f**king asshole. I thought that was illegal, to do a business turn behind the people who write the stuff. Like you can’t do it without their knowledge. There’s a certain amount of time legally that you have to let the people know,” Urie wondered. “There’s gotta be a precedent for that.”
On Sunday night, Demi Lovato weighed in, appearing to take Braun’s side in the fight.
“I have dealt with bad people in this industry and Scooter is not one of them. He’s a good man. Personally, I’m grateful he came into my life when he did. Please stop ‘dragging’ people or bullying them. There’s enough hate in this world as it is,” she wrote in her Instagram Stories.
She also added, “Y’all can come after me all you want but I’m always gonna stay loyal to my team. I value loyalty more than most people in this world and if my name is gonna be brought into conversations I’m gonna stand up for myself and the ones on my team.”
Halsey was one of the first musician’s to back Swift up.
“She deserves to own the painstaking [labour] of her heart. She has surpassed all expectations of what any artist is even capable of,” her post said. “It turns my guts that no matter how much power or success a woman has in this life, you are still susceptible to someone coming along and making you feel powerless out of spite.”
She finished her post with, “I am standing with her.”
Miley Cyrus, who just finished performing at Glastonbury, unfollowed Braun on Instagram to which Swift liked the notification on Tumblr.
Selena Gomez’s mother, Mandy Teefy, added her support. “I wish I could give you a big hug right now! Thank you for speaking out about this and teaching future young artist about protecting themselves. I don’t understand the pleasure of power plays to simply hurt people!” she wrote on Instagram.
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@Taylorswift I wish I could give you a big hug right now! Thank you for speaking out about this and teaching future young artist about protecting themselves. I don’t understand the pleasure of power plays to simply hurt people! To deny you the option to own your blood, sweat and tears, especially as a young women who shared growing up in front of the world, is heartbreaking!! @yael I would love to have a mom to mom meeting in private, drink some tea and have some real talk!! XO
Iggy Azalea added that she “can totally understand where she’s coming from.”
“It’s more about the fact they didn’t even give her the opportunity to at least bid on her own masters.”
The one person not defending Swift is Justin Bieber. The Canadian singer did apologize for hurting her feelings, but that was about it.
“First of all I would like to apologize for posting that hurtful Instagram post, at the time I thought it was funny but looking back it was distasteful and insensitive,” Bieber wrote.
The apology ends there as the “Sorry” singer then goes into defending his manager Braun. “Scooter has had your back since the days you graciously let me open up for you…For you to take it to social media and get people to hate on Scooter isn’t fair.”
He adds, “Seems to me like it was to get sympathy you also knew in posting that your fans would go and bully Scooter. Anyway, one thing I know is both Scoot and I love you. I feel like the only way to resolve conflict is through communication.”
The online post continues, “Banter back and [forth] online I don’t believe solves anything. I’m sure Scooter and I would love to talk to you and resolve any conflict, pain or any feelings that need to be addressed.”
Bieber ends the post by saying, “I usually don’t rebuttal things like this but when you try and deface someone I loves character that’s crossing the line.”
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Hey Taylor. First of all i would like to apologize for posting that hurtful instagram post, at the time i thought it was funny but looking back it was distasteful and insensitive.. I have to be honest though it was my caption and post that I screenshoted of scooter and Kanye that said “taylor swift what up” he didnt have anything to do with it and it wasnt even a part of the conversation in all actuality he was the person who told me not to joke like that.. Scooter has had your back since the days you graciously let me open up for you.! As the years have passed we haven’t crossed paths and gotten to communicate our differences, hurts or frustrations. So for you to take it to social media and get people to hate on scooter isn’t fair. What were you trying to accomplish by posting that blog? seems to me like it was to get sympathy u also knew that in posting that your fans would go and bully scooter. Anyway, One thing i know is both scooter and i love you. I feel like the only way to resolve conflict is through communication. So banter back and fourth online i dont believe solves anything. I’m sure Scooter and i would love to talk to you and resolve any conflict, pain or or any feelings that need to be addressed. Neither scooter or i have anything negative to say about you we truly want the best for you. I usually don’t rebuttal things like this but when you try and deface someone i loves character thats crossing a line..
Hailey Bieber responded with “Gentleman.”
Although Cara Delevingne wasn’t going to let that stand. “Gentleman? @haileybieber @justinbieber you must be bored. I wish you spent less time sticking up for men and more time trying to understand women and respecting their valid reactions,” she said in response.
“As a married man, you should be lifting women up instead of tearing them down because you are threatened. I am not sure you actually understand what an apology is. This issue that @taylorswift is talking out is about far more than a picture and you know that. As you said, you haven’t spoken to her in years which means you definitely don’t understand the situation. I do. Take a step back and try and learn from this. We should all be on the same team. End of story.”
Things didn’t stop there, Yael Cohen, Braun’s wife then put her opinion in. “I have never been one for a public airing of laundry, but when you attack my husband,” the post started.
She then claims that Swift had the chance to purchase her own masters. “Interesting that the man you’re so ‘grossed out’ by believed in you more than you believe in yourself.”
“Who are you to talk about bullying? The world has watched you collect and drop friends like wilted flowers. My husband is anything but a bully, he’s spent his life standing up for people.”
She adds, “He’s a manager, not god… Don’t blame him because Kim caught you in a lie, it’s embarrassing I know- but adults learn and grow from them, we don’t divert blame and blur the line to suit our needs.”
Cohen asks to leave her children out of this and ends the post by saying, “You don’t understand yet what line that crosses, but one day you will. And I hope you have the dignity, class and kindness to leave your fans out of this and have an open discussion. Tumblr can’t fix this, a phone call can.”