Saoirse Ronan and Emma Watson are both showing their support for Taylor Swift in her battle against Sccoter Braun over ownership of her music — by drawing comparisons to a similar struggle faced by the author of the novel that inspired their new film, “Little Women”.
Earlier this month, Ronan appeared on U.K. morning show “This Morning” to promote her new movie, where she drew a parallel between her character in the new film adaptation of the literary classic and the ongoing struggle of a modern-day pop star.
During her appearance, Ronan, 25, discussed how the film is “bookended” by scenes in which her character, Jo March, is seen meeting with her editor for the first time.
“At the beginning, she’s not confident but at the end she bargains with the editor and fights for her copyright, which is something that Louisa May Alcott, who wrote the book, actually did,” Ronan explained.
“I mean, there’s such a thing right now, Taylor Swift just released an album and this is the first album she’s ever owned. And none of her other music belongs to her,” she added. “And the fact that Louisa May Alcott 150 years ago knew to fight for her copyright was revolutionary. We really wanted to use this opportunity to honour this and fight for her work.”
Watson shared similar sentiments in an interview with Variety. “It’s about believing in yourself and knowing your worth and owning your worth,” she said. “Right now, the Taylor Swift situation is a great example of, you know, you’re young and you’re talented and someone wants to buy your work, but having ownership at the end of the day is super, super important because you don’t know what someone’s going to decide to do with that.”
Watson added: “I think people undervalue ownership. You know when you play Monopoly and you have a decision and you want to own something or get cash fast. The way to win Monopoly, everyone, is to own stuff. I’m just saying.”
Swift has been battling for years to own the master recordings of the albums she recorded for Scott Borchetta’s Big Machine label, which was recently sold to Scooter Braun, manager of such artists as Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande.
She shared her opinion of the situation in a scathing speech when accepting Billboard‘s Woman of the Decade Award last week.
“I spent 10 years of my life trying rigorously to purchase my masters outright and was then denied that opportunity, and I just don’t want that to happen to another artist if I can help it,” Swift said. “I want to at least raise my hand and say, ‘This is something that an artist should be able to earn back over the course of their deal — not as a renegotiation ploy — and something that artists should maybe have the first right of refusal to buy.’ God, I would have paid so much for them! Anything to own my work that was an actual sale option, but it wasn’t given to me.”