Taylor Swift SLAMS Scooter Braun: Toxic Men Are Ruining My Life!

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Like most of her feuds, Taylor Swift's latest beef has music fans divided.

As you've likely heard, Swift has been waging war against Scooter Braun, the music mogul best known for helping to shape the careers of Justin Bieber and Demi Lovato.

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Braun is part of an investment group that recently purchased the masters for Taylor's first six albums.

This is a common practice, and there's certainly a conversation to be had about the rights of artists to own their own music.

But bizarrely, Swift has chosen to focus on the specifics of her situation rather than the far-reaching generalities by launching endless attacks against Braun, a widely-beloved figure in the music industry.

Taylor received the Woman of the Decade Award at Billboard's Women in Music event in Hollywood at the Palladium Thursday night, and she spent much of her speech unloading on Braun and his colleagues:

Taylor Swift at 2019 AMAs

“That is the unregulated world of private equity coming in and buying up our music as if it’s real estate,” Swift said.

“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," she continued.

"To this day, none of these investors have ever [contacted me] or my team directly to perform their due diligence on their investment in me to ask how I might feel about the new owner of my art, my music… my handwriting.

"Of course, Scooter never contacted me or my team to discuss it prior to the sale or even when it was announced.”

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From there, Taylor got even more personal, decrying Braun as a product of "toxic male privilege":

“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 rights to own their music," she said.

"Of course, he’s nice to people in this room, you have something he needs. The fact is that private equity is what enabled this man to think, according to his own social media posts, that he could ‘buy me.’ Well, I’m obviously not going willingly.”

According to TMZ, the audience response to Taylor's diatribe was "mixed."

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The outlet reports that Swift waited for applause that "did not come immediately" and was "less than thunderous" when it did arrive.

"The night was supposed to be about inspiration, but it turned into another, 'poor little Taylor Swift,'" an anonymous female music exec told the site. It's hard to watch someone who's had such incredible privilege ... to complain about their own personal issues."

It's worth noting that Taylor's claim that she was never contacted prior to the sale has been contested by ... well, just about everyone involved in the deal except for her.

These days, Taylor is refusing to meet with anyone from Ithaca Holdings, and she's been criticized for siccing her fans on Braun, a situation that he claims has resulted in harassment and bullying for his family and employees.

Taylor Swift at 2019 AMAs

On social media, Taylor is being criticized for dragging liberal icon George Soros into the fray, and for allegedly using subtle tactics to liken her plight to that of sexual assault victims (by repeating phrases such as "without my consent" and "toxic male privilege," as well as asserting that Braun is only "nice" to women if they have "something he needs").

For many, Taylor Swift -- a white woman born into a fabulously wealthy family -- is the very picture of privilege, and her frequent attempts to portray herself as the victim come off as tone deaf and narcissistic.

In the past, Taylor has been criticized for demanding loyalty by setting up "either you're with me or you're against me" -type scenarios.

When Tina Fey and Amy Poehler joked about her at the Golden Globes, for example, Swift tweeted that there's "a special place in hell for women who don't support other women" and was promptly criticized for conflating feminism with support for Taylor Swift.

And don't get us started on the gall of Taylor praising the music biz for its inclusivity at one of the industry's most white-washed events.

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