'Toxic male privilege': Taylor Swift calls out Scooter Braun in speech

'Toxic male privilege': Taylor Swift calls out Scooter Braun in speech
By: WNG SKY Posted On: December 13, 2019 View: 37

'Toxic male privilege': Taylor Swift calls out Scooter Braun in speech

Taylor Swift has used her acceptance speech for Billboard woman of the decade to reignite her feud with Scooter Braun.

The Bad Blood singer called out the music mogul by name, citing him as part of "a new shift" which she said "is a potentially harmful force in our industry".

Scooter Braun attend the MOCA Benefit 2019 at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA on May 18, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by JC Olivera/Getty Images)
Image: Scooter Braun says he's received death threats since his very public row with Swift

Braun bought the rights to the singer's first six albums back in June, through a private equity deal which was reportedly worth around $300m (£222m).

She said the transaction treated her music "as if it is real estate, an app, or a shoe line", and happened without her "approval, consultation, or consent".

She said no one, including Braun, had ever contacted her to discuss the management of her work.

She also made reference to those defending Braun, saying they were part of the "toxic male privilege" problem in the industry.

She went on: "Of course he's nice to you. If you're in this room, you have something he needs."

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Braun's clients include Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande.

Last month Braun said he and his family had received numerous death threats following his high profile row with the singer.

Swift accepted her prize, and took the opportunity to have a dig at her industry foe Scooter Braun
Image: Swift was given her woman of the decade award by British actress Jameela Jamil

The singer, who has just celebrated her 30th birthday, was presented her award by British actress Jameela Jamil.

Praising a long list of female artists, including Lizzo, Billie Eilish, Lana Del Rey and Dua Lipa, she said there is a more negative reception to women in the industry.

"People will always have the slightest reservations about you."

She also said female artists face questions over whether a man is responsible for their work.

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"People want to explain away a woman's success in this industry," Swift said, adding "we are not allowed to coast".

"We are held at a higher, sometimes impossible feeling standard".

She went on to praise all women in the industry - both behind an in front of the camera - who she said had only become stronger in the face of such adversity.

"My fellow female artists have taken this challenge, and they have accepted it. It seems like the pressure that could've crushed us made us into diamonds instead."

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