December 2, 2021

Taylor Swift Followers’ Harassment of Jake Gyllenhaal Has Gotten Very Ugly

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Earlier than we get to the Swifties’ harassment marketing campaign towards their fearless chief’s resurrected nemesis, enable me to make just a few issues clear: Taylor Swift is a phenomenally gifted songwriter and her album Red, the final vestige of her nation roots and a bridge to pop-music stardom, is her crowning achievement. I noticed her carry out thrice on the unique Pink tour—every was nothing in need of unbelievable. And it ought to go with out saying, however Swift is entitled to jot down songs about no matter she rattling effectively pleases—together with previous relationships which have affected her. In any case, males have acquired far much less criticism for penning stomach-turning hits on every little thing from fantasizing about killing their spouse and committing statutory rape to coveting their best friend’s wife.

Swift, it’s value noting, is re-recording all of her albums in an effort to achieve possession of her grasp recordings—one thing that each one musical artists ought to management, and that has traditionally been wrested from them by label vultures (in Swift’s case, that is difficult considerably by her father’s ownership stake in her original label). And so, Pink (Taylor’s Model) held the web hostage final week, shattering Spotify records en path to an estimated 500,000-plus copies offered in its first week, an astronomical sum for a re-release and the best first-week gross sales complete of 2021.

The primary iteration of Pink, launched in November 2012, was impressed by her relationship with the actor Jake Gyllenhaal, which lasted from October to December of 2011, when she was 20 and he was 29. Who can neglect this outrageous Us Weekly cowl story:

As Taylor’s Model™ of the story goes, Gyllenhaal was as soon as chilly to her at a cocktail party, even refusing her hand; owned a “fuck the patriarchy” keychain, which struck her as ironic given his poor therapy of her (this element is almost certainly false); ended issues by telephone in “casually merciless” style; and stored the headband (presumably the one within the photograph above) she’d left at his sister Maggie Gyllenhaal’s home after their breakup. Although Swift has written about different exes prior to now, Gyllenhaal has occupied a novel place amongst her devoted military of followers, owing to the general high quality of Pink and its standout monitor “All Too Nicely,” a shifting ballad about her heartbreak over their two-month affair. In her new 10-minute model of the music, Swift selected to incorporate another parting shot:

“And I used to be by no means good at telling jokes, however the punchline goes / ‘I’ll become old, however your lovers keep my age.’” (Gyllenhaal, now 40, is reportedly relationship a 25-year-old mannequin.)

Following the discharge of Pink (Taylor’s Model), Swift has stored mum on the Gyllenhaal of all of it, even telling Seth Meyers, “I haven’t considered their expertise as soon as”—however that hasn’t stopped her rabid followers from harassing Gyllenhaal and others in his orbit on Instagram, flooding their posts with offended feedback and many, many scarf emojis.

Take this put up of Gyllenhaal’s from September 11 of this yr, whereby the actor paid tribute to a bus driver for the MTA who was engaged on 9/11:

Or this one, posted amid the George Floyd protests in the course of the summer time of 2020, devoted to Black Lives Matter. One Swiftie took it upon herself to remark, “Taylor swift matter,” adopted by ten scarf emojis:

They’ve even focused Jake’s actress-sister Maggie Gyllenhaal, who ought to be within the midst of a glowing publicity tour for her characteristic directorial debut The Misplaced Daughter, a poignant adaptation of the Elena Ferrante novel and surefire Oscar contender. Now, each interviewer will really feel compelled to ask her concerning the Taylor drama, casting a darkish cloud over her ardour undertaking:

Three days in the past, Jamie Lee Curtis, a beloved display screen icon, had the audacity to put up a photograph of Jake and Maggie—her two godchildren—to Instagram. She was relentlessly trolled within the feedback by Swifties; to make issues worse, the conduct was celebrated by Cosmopolitan, who found it “hysterical” {that a} bunch of Taylor Swift followers had been harassing a 62-year-old lady:

Gyllenhaal’s aforementioned girlfriend, in the meantime, was compelled to make her Instagram web page personal because of the Swifties’ wrath.

We’ve heard this music earlier than. Simply final yr, Swift’s followers doxxed and harassed a Pitchfork music critic for giving her album Folklore an 8.0 out of 10. As a substitute of calling off the troops, Swift remained silent.

Perhaps it’s time for her to talk up.

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