Tthe call started around 2 in the morning – an hour later fork a review of Taylor Swift’s eighth album, editor-in-chief of Jillian Mapes, folklore, published on the web. It was mostly a positive overview. However, it was not positive enough for a certain subgroup of fans who began to use some of the dirtiest and most dangerous tactics of the Internet to harass a writer who dared to despise his queen’s lack of praise.
Mapes’ uniform review deftly and deftly expressed folklorestrengths and weaknesses – and given forkHistorical skepticism about popular artists could also be a piece of enthusiasm.
However, certain lines did not fit well with the worst Swift fans. More importantly, the 8.0 percent score that accompanied Mapes̵7; review – a metric determined not by reviewers but from multi-employee ratings – threatened to withdraw the album’s overall metacritical score.
That seems to be an unacceptable insult.
Various tweets, some of which have now been removed or removed and some of which still remain, included the Maps address and old and current phone numbers. Some of them contained photos of Mapes and even her home. Users “joked” about burning the house. Others posted screenshots of Halsey’s tweet, which responded to a bad rating earlier this year – in which the singer wrote: “the basement may launch p * tchfork, already from collapse.” Halsey erased the tweet at a time when he realized Pitchfork was in facts exhausted One World Trade Center.
A Swift representative did not respond to more requests for comments.
Despite the persistence of these fans, they are interested in the fairness and quality of the reviews folklore receives, they really seem to be fixed on the Metacritic score in the album. In particular, many lamented the possibility folklore may drop below 90. At the time of writing, the album has a Metascore of 89.
Music stans have begun to use elaborate methods to promote new releases of their favorite artists in recent years. They coordinate streaming parties and create hourly playlists and raise money to buy digital copies of new releases for as many fans as possible. All of this aims to improve the position of album and song charts by listening to as many hours as possible on as many platforms as possible.
But when targeting journalists like this, some fans have reached a dangerous extreme. And perhaps more importantly, this is not the first time that Swift’s most ardent fans have used the threats of doxxing and death to punish people they believe have harmed her.
Last fall, after Swift urged her followers to “inform Scott Borchett and Scooter Braun of how you were feeling” about their efforts to prevent her from using and performing old hits, her fans harassed both men.
In some cases, Swift’s request may have seemed appropriate in view of the rights issues that were available. But doxxing is more than an innocent joke, and both Instagram and Twitter have rules prohibiting practice. Once a person’s private information is distributed, it can’t be made private again – and given the potentially deadly ways it can be used, it’s a terrible prospect.
“On another occasion last summer, enraged Swifties also sent comedians Desus and Mero death threats and racial tears for “body disgrace” Swift, joking that the singer had a “very long back.”“
On another occasion last summer, enraged Swifties also sent comedians Desus and Mero death threats and racial tears for “body disgrace” Swift, joking that the singer had a “very long back.”
As Mero said Daily animalMatt Wilstein, “The FBI called my house. In fact, they called the local county … Someone sent me a message saying, “I know you have four kids and I know where they go to school.” And I grabbed the screen and was glad, “I wish you are, you fucking! Come to my house, a rusty machete is waiting for you. ‘ “
Swift does not appear to comment on these incidents.
In recent years, musicians have faced resistance for attacking critics they considered wrong. Last year, Lana Del Rey and Lizzo harassed when they attacked critics over reviews they didn’t like. However, this case stands out because the fans themselves are behind the attacks and, what is confusing, they have done so largely over the positive scrutiny.
Despite the real and truly frightening harassment that Maps received – including, as it noted in a series of tweets posted on Tuesday, repeated phone calls and physical threats – these fans have largely laughed at articles and social media users calling for their behavior. As one fan said, “our impact is immeasurable, it’s such a funny pls.”
“Tell me that people don’t really play the ‘threats’ of the 1950s – half of us are depressed and the other half are stupid, you really think we’re going to hurt you in some way,” another account wrote.
But when threats come from anonymous Twitter accounts and are accompanied by real harassment, it is difficult to know how each writer should determine what is and is not a legitimate threat. Especially since shooting from the newsroom and the threat of violence against journalists will become the norm, explaining the threat of a writer’s house burnout is a callous, youthful joke at best.
In this context, Swift’s silence essentially becomes a silent clearance for her fans to continue harassing anyone they please. This is probably not the best look at a pop star who once struck everything about overcoming bullying – and who wrote last year about fears for her safety after re-sharing personal information online.
In a Twitter post on Tuesday, she wrote that she had received “more Twitter threats to help me rush in and hurt me than I can overcome my stomach.”
“I’ve received too many emails saying you have a version: ‘You’re an ugly fat bitch who’s jealous of Taylor, plz die,'” the Mapes thread wrote, “which isn’t the first time I’ve heard it from pop stans … It’s the fear that everyone is milling outside, or the feeling that you can’t answer the phone. That means I’m safe and well. “
Mapes wrote that her contributions were not intended to derive a “Swiftie relief” but to clarify what really happened to prevent the spread of misinformation. (Maps declined to comment on the story, but were provided Daily animal permission to quote her tweets because her account remains private.) And it’s really worth noting that Swift fans have in many cases joined in urging their fans to spread misinformation and apologize for the wider fandom.
Understandably, longtime Swift fans may be a little more sensitive than other artists to how their favorite artist is perceived and evaluated. For a long time, she and her music could often be released as teen fluff for a screaming supplement. In some areas, this stereotype prevails.
But pop has since increased in astronomical influence since Swift’s previous years and has gained more serious considerations than in previous years. And especially since then 1989 critics took the Swift network seriously as an artist and lyricist. The fact that forkwho used to ignore pop artists at all he bothered to examine Folklore-and then he gave the album a solid value of 8.0 – it expresses this fact better than anything else. So in Swift’s words: Anyone who throws out fit of anger at her must calm down.