Taylor Swift has been in a battle with music execs Scott Borchetta and Scooter Braun, who purchased the rights to all of her music before the album Lover when Braun bought Big Machine Records in June 2019. Swift, who rarely comments publicly on much of anything, posted a tweet with a long explanation of how Borchetta and Braun are allegedly preventing her from performing her own songs at the American Music Awards and preventing the release of an unannounced Netflix documentary about her life.
Don’t know what else to do pic.twitter.com/1uBrXwviTS— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) November 14, 2019
Swift has received considerable support from celebrities, but on Friday, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted in defense of Swift, writing, “Private equity groups’ predatory practices actively hurt millions of Americans. Their leveraged buyouts have destroyed the lives of retail workers across the country, scrapping 1+ million jobs. Now they’re holding @taylorswift13’s own music hostage. They need to be reigned in.”
It doesn’t stop at music.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) November 15, 2019
For people w/ friends or family who worked in retail & suddenly laid off or hours deeply cut (Toys R’ Us, Sears, Sports Authority, etc) & sometimes stripped of severance, that goes back to PE as well.
1+ million jobs destroyed.https://t.co/rQ6Vm7aIKN
“It doesn’t stop at music,” she added in a second tweet. “For people w/ friends or family who worked in retail & suddenly laid off or hours deeply cut (Toys R’ Us, Sears, Sports Authority, etc) & sometimes stripped of severance, that goes back to PE as well. 1+ million jobs destroyed.”
AOC has more of a bone to pick with private equity firms who suddenly swoop in and buy entire businesses, changing the circumstances for everyone who has a career connected to them.
Big Machine has maintained that Swift is making up all these accusations, saying they never stopped her from performing at the AMAs or using her music in the Netflix special. Swift’s team shared a message from the company that indicates otherwise and say that their efforts to prevent her from performing began after she announced she would be re-recording her masters, as the old ones are currently held by Big Machine.
While AOC generally prioritizes people with far less support than a mega-rich pop star, this situation perfectly intersects with her own political interests. Who knew Taylor Swift could be so relatable to the average worker?