Taylor Swift took home the Woman of the Decade Award at Billboard’s Women in Music event in Hollywood on Thursday night and used her acceptance speech to rail against Scooter Braun.
In case you haven’t been following along, Scooter Braun bought Big Machine Records — the company who owns the masters to Taylor’s first six albums. She doesn’t like Scooter. Scooter says Taylor had the opportunity to buy her masters if she wanted to, but Taylor didn’t like the deal. Taylor encouraged her fans to harass Scooter and now his family is receiving death threats.
During her speech, Taylor said she resented private equity for allowing Scooter to purchase her art.
She went on to say no one from Scooter’s camp has ever contacted her or her team prior to the purchase of Big Machine. As we reported, Braun publicly said a few weeks ago he wanted to sit down with Taylor to resolve things but neither she nor her team ever contacted them.
She went on to say the definition of toxic male privilege is, “Well, he’s always been nice to me.”
The reaction to Taylor’s speech seemed mixed. When she finished speaking about Scooter, she seemed to wait for applause, and it did not come immediately … and when it did it was less than thunderous.
One female exec in the room said afterward, “The night was supposed to be about inspiration, but it turned into another, ‘poor little Taylor Swift.’ It’s hard to watch someone who’s had such incredible privilege … to complain about their own personal issues.”
Watch her entire 15-minute speech below.