The New York Times recently faced increasing criticism over an op-ed the leftist outlet published regarding prominent singer Taylor Swift’s intimate desires.
Swift’s fans, often referred to as “Swifties,” didn’t take the New York Times article too lightly, having launched a boycott campaign against the newspaper while calling on individuals to cancel their subscriptions.
The so-called “Swifties” allege that the paper’s op-ed suggesting that Swift might be “queer” is both misogynistic and “grossly inappropriate.” They claimed that male singers would never be subjected to such treatment.
Swift is currently in a relationship with National Football League (NFL) tight end Travis Kelce and has been a prominent supporter of the LGBT community, often including subtle praise for the community in her songs.
In the New York Times article titled “Look What You Made Me Do,” written by Anna Marks, it’s argued that Swift has an “affinity for queer identity.”
“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,” Marks wrote.
Marks’ op-ed was immediately subjected to a wave of criticism shortly after its publication, with Swift’s fans voicing their dissatisfaction while questioning the New York Times’ moral ethics.
On X, formerly known as Twitter, individuals questioned why the New York Times would go after Swift, an “ally” of the newspaper.
“What the hell did I just read? It’s severely disturbing that the NYT would participate in the ultimately phobic attempted ‘outing’ of Taylor Swift. Hell of a way to treat an ally, Anna Marks,” an X user wrote.
What the hell did I just read? It’s severely disturbing that the NYT would participate in the ultimately phobic attempted “outing” of Taylor Swift. Hell of a way to treat an ally, Anna Marks. 🖕🏻
— Anastasia the real Beaverhausen (@missbnana) January 6, 2024
“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,” another user claimed. “This is the kind of garbage that belongs in the supermarket checkout next to the National Enquirer.”
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
Marks supported her claims by providing instances where Swift has worn LGBT-inspired attire, such as rainbow-colored dresses and hairstyles inspired by the community’s flag.
The New York Times author also pointed to lyrics in Swift’s songs, such as being in “glass closets,” suggesting that such words could allude to a hidden meaning.