Music mogul Scooter Braun, recently in the news regarding his business dealings with Taylor Swift, hosted a “fireside chat” fundraiser for Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) Saturday night at his Brentwood mansion.
As the Daily Mail reported:
Katy Perry, Ariana Grande and Demi Lovato were among the Hollywood heavyweights who turned up for a fireside chat with the Democratic hopeful in Brentwood.
Kamala’s “hubby/stan” Doug Emhoff tweeted a starry-eyed photo:
Sooooo, this happened…. pic.twitter.com/xx9yegNhw6
— Douglas Emhoff (@douglasemhoff) July 21, 2019
Taylor Swift (and her fans) have a very different view of Braun.
He is also an ‘incessant, manipulative’ bully according to Taylor Swift, whose fans are now using this event to denounce a candidate that the singer herself has shown support for on social media.
That’s because Braun recently acquired Big Machine Label Group, Taylor’s former label, and with it, her complete catalog of recordings to date.
“Since Swift signed with Big Machine Records at 15, the label owns her master recordings “for the life of the author plus an additional 70 years.” The contract essentially shackles Swift to the label forever, with very few legally permissible ways to escape. Conceivably, Big Machine Records could transfer from owner to owner, and any star must continue to follow the label as it changes hands.”
And, according to Taylor, he’s bullied her for years and encouraged some of his clients (Kanye West, Justin Bieber) to bully her as well. She wrote on her Tumblr page:
I learned about Scooter Braun’s purchase of my masters as it was announced to the world. All I could think about was the incessant, manipulative bullying I’ve received at his hands for years.
Like when Kim Kardashian orchestrated an illegally recorded snippet of a phone call to be leaked and then Scooter got his two clients together to bully me online about it. (See photo) Or when his client, Kanye West, organized a revenge porn music video which strips my body naked. Now Scooter has stripped me of my life’s work, that I wasn’t given an opportunity to buy. Essentially, my musical legacy is about to lie in the hands of someone who tried to dismantle it.
This is my worst case scenario. This is what happens when you sign a deal at fifteen to someone for whom the term ‘loyalty’ is clearly just a contractual concept. And when that man says ‘Music has value’, he means its value is beholden to men who had no part in creating it.
By associating herself with Braun, Kamala Harris’ commitment to standing up for women can certainly be called into question. Sunday morning Harris posted a video to Twitter aimed at President Trump, saying that “real strength is building people up” and not using a position of power to demean them.
Let me tell you about real strength. pic.twitter.com/5z9Xp7nk5U
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) July 21, 2019
As yet, Taylor Swift hasn’t commented on the irony.