Taylor Swift had some choice words for Scooter Braun and even slammed ‘toxic male privilege’ while accepting the award for Woman of the Decade at the Billboard Women in Music gala in Los Angeles.
Swift (who turns 30 tomorrow), spoke about the ‘unregulated world of private equity coming in and buying our music as if it’s real estate—as if it’s an app or a shoe line.’
She went on to call out the business man more directly saying: ‘This just happened to me without my approval, consultation, or consent. After I was denied the chance to purchase my music outright, my entire catalog was sold to Scooter Braun’s Ithaca Holdings in a deal that I’m told was funded by the Soros family, 23 Capital, and that Carlyle Group.
Woman of the golden decade: Taylor Swift (who turns 30 tomorrow) stunned as she posed on the red carpet at the Billboard Women in Music event on Thursday evening where she called out Scooter Braun for purchasing her entire catalog of music without her consent
She continued: ‘Yet, to this day, none of these investors have bothered to contact me or my team directly, to perform their due diligence on their investment,’ Taylor said. ‘On their investment in me. To ask how I might feel about the new owner of my art, the music I wrote, the videos I created, photos of me, my handwriting, my album designs.’
‘And of course, Scooter never contacted me or my team to discuss it prior to the sale or even when it was announced. I’m fairly certain he knew exactly how I would feel about it, though, and let me just say that the definition of toxic male privilege in our industry is people saying ‘but he’s always been nice to me’ when I’m raising valid concerns about artists and their right to own their music. And of course he’s nice to you.’
‘If you’re in this room, you have something he needs. The fact is that private equity enabled this man to think, according to his own social media post, that he could ‘buy me.’ But I’m obviously not going willingly. Yet the most amazing thing was to discover that it would be the women in our industry who would have my back and show me the most vocal support at one of the most difficult times, and I will never, ever forget it. Like, ever.’