Taylor Swift has the biggest and most dedicated fan following in the world.
Apart from his immense fan base, the 32-year-old superstar has won several accolades including 11 Grammy Awards for his career.
However, despite his massive success, the “Blank Space” hitmaker has found himself at the center of a number of headline-grabbing controversies in recent years, from Ticketmaster’s failure to the CO2 emissions of his private jet.
Here’s a look at some of the times Swift faced fan reaction:
concert ticket controversy
This week, the singer was involved in a highly publicized debacle that occurred over ticket times for her Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour became available for purchase in presales through Ticketmaster.
Taylor Swift’s nosebleed seats cost over $1K, ticket prices skyrocket after Ticketmaster sale canceled
many fans stay inside ticketmaster queue Swift had to wait hours to get tickets during the East Coast presale on Tuesday. The ticket-selling site barred queues to Central Standard Time, delayed West Coast times, and moved Capital One pre-sales to Wednesday to meet demand.
After selling 2 million tickets, Ticketmaster canceled the public on-sale set for Friday due to “high demand” and “insufficient remaining ticket inventory”.
Following the cancellation, ticket prices skyrocketed on resale sites. Hemorrhage seats were above $1,000 as of Friday in many places. Tickets reached over $2,000 at the top of Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.
The move angered many fans without tickets. Although most of the blame has been targeted at Ticketmaster, Swift has also come under fire as fans expressed their frustration at her slow response to the fiasco.
On Friday, the pop star broke her silence with a message that she shared on her Instagram story. “It goes without saying that I am extremely protective of my fans,” the “I Knew You Were Trouble” (singer) wrote.
She continued, “We’ve been doing this together for decades and over the years, I’ve brought a lot of elements of my career into the house. I’ve done it specifically to improve the quality of the experience for my fans. With my team that cares about my fans as much as I do. It’s really difficult for me to trust an outside entity with these relationships and loyalty, and it hurts for me to see mistakes made without recourse Are of
“There are many reasons why people have had such a difficult time getting tickets and I am trying to figure out how to take this situation forward. I am not going to make excuses for anyone because we have Had asked, many times, if they could handle this kind of demand and we were assured they could. It’s really amazing that 2.4 million people got tickets, but it really bothers me That many of them feel as though they have had to go through several bear attacks to get them.
“And to those who didn’t get tickets, all I can say is that my hope is to provide more opportunities for all of us to come together and sing these songs. Thank you for being there. You have no idea how much it means ” Resource.”
private jet response
In July, the Pennsylvania native faced backlash from critics regarding the carbon footprint of his private jet.
he was accused of polluting the earth flying in his private jet 170 times between January 1 and July 29, according to The Yard, a sustainability marketing agency that prides itself on “state-of-the-art data and analysis.”
In research collected by The Yard to reveal “which celebrities are the worst private jet CO2 emissions offenders,” the Swift racks up more than 22,000 minutes in the air, or the equivalent of 16 days.
However, a representative for Swift said, “Taylor’s jet is regularly loaned out to other individuals. According to TMZ, attributing most or all of these trips to her is incorrect.”
weighing in on politics
One of Swift’s most divisive controversies came during the 2018 midterm elections. After years of mostly keeping quiet on politics, the singer announced her support for Tennessee Democrats in an Instagram post, while also slamming Republican Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn.
“As much as I have in the past and would like to continue voting for women in office, I cannot support Marsha Blackburn,” Swift told millions of Instagram followers. “His voting record in Congress horrifies and frightens me.”
Swift said the Congresswoman “voted against equal pay for women. She voted against the Beautification of the Violence Against Women Act, which seeks to protect women from domestic violence, stalking, and date rape.” She believes that businesses have the right to refuse service to same-sex couples. She also believes that they should not have the right to marry.
“These are not my Tennessee values,” she wrote.
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Swift concluded that she would vote for Democrat Phil Bredesen for Senate, and also for Representative Jim Cooper, a Democrat who was running for re-election.
His endorsement generated a huge response, garnering praise as well as a fierce backlash from fans.
At the time, US President Donald Trump also weighed in on the controversy, telling White House reporters that Blackburn was an “incredible woman”.
Trump said, “I bet Taylor Swift doesn’t have or know anything about that.” “Let’s just say I like Taylor’s music about 25 percent less now, okay?”
Blackburn won the election, becoming the first female senator from Tennessee.
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Fox News’ Lauryn Overholtz and Stephanie Giang-Paunen contributed to this report.