Popstar performer Taylor Swift’s fans are up in arms over a New York Times op-ed suggesting their favorite singer may be secretly queer.
Swift is currently involved in a very public relationship with star Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce.
The singer has often expressed her support for LGBT individuals in word and song, and that apparently was enough for the Times. Author Anna Marks penned an op-ed titled “Look What You Made Me Do” and suggested there was more under the surface of Swift’s advocacy.
Marks opined, “Whether she is conscious of it or not Ms. Swift signals to queer people — in the language we use to communicate with one another — that she has some affinity for queer identity.”
There is something deeply wrong with the New York Times publishing this article speculating that Taylor Swift may be secretly queer—based on absolutely nothing.
This is the kind of garbage that belongs in the supermarket checkout next to the National Enquirer. pic.twitter.com/33I9b4tViM
— Ashton Pittman (@ashtonpittman) January 6, 2024
Fans reacted swiftly to the inappropriate and baseless suggestion.
One social media user simply commented, “Wow…throwing ethics out the window early this year.”
Another deemed the essay to be “a fireable offense — poorly written, horribly invasive, and objectionable in myriad ways. This is beneath the editorial standards of NYT Opinion. Do better.”
Still another said they did not have irons in this particular fire but were still offended. “I’m not a big fan of hers but I am totally disgusted by this & will be canceling my New York Times subscription tomorrow morning.”
Swift is famous for writing about her various relationships in her song lyrics, particularly after breakups. But it’s normally tabloid journalists, not the New York Times, who resort to mindless speculation about the particulars of her love life.
Swift said at one point she swore off men or “anything that could be weaponized against me by a culture that claimed to be liberating women but consistently treated me with the harsh moral codes of the Victorian era.”