Diplo is looking in the rearview mirror at comments he once made criticizing Taylor Swift and now wishes he hadn’t.
In an interview with the Evening Standard‘s ES Magazine, the DJ/producer admits that some comments he made about Swift and her hit “Look What You Made Me Do” in a 2017 interview with Rolling Stone resulted in way more backlash than he anticipated — coming just three years after Swifties attacked him for insulting Swift’s derriere in a 2014 tweet:
Discussing music streaming, Diplo told RS: “Music is in the hands of the kids. Streaming is literally what kids want to listen to over and over again. They want to listen to [Post Malone’s] “Rockstar” and [Cardi B’s] “Bodak Yellow” — they don’t want to listen to, like, [Taylor Swift’s] “Look What You Made Me Do”. That music doesn’t relate to them at all. I don’t think it ever did. They were only given that, by radio and marketing budgets. I’m impressed with Post Malone. I can relate to him more than Taylor Swift.”
He later said that making those comments was “the worst decision of my career,” a situation that only worsened when he subsequently tweeted that Swift’s livid fans should “calm down.”
“I’m a weird, humorous person but my sense of humour wasn’t taken well,” Diplo told ES of his earlier remarks.
“Then I thought, Do I want to be known as the a**hole?” he added. “I wasn’t an a**hole, in my opinion, but I did use social media like it was a joke. Then it became very real. What’s funny now is that I don’t even know my Twitter login. Someone else just Twitters for me.”
Asked if he’s relieved to lose the label of “pop’s panto villain,” he responded with a nod. “Yeah,” he told the publication.
You can read more with Diplo in the Evening Standard‘s ES Magazine.