Sending a message? On Wednesday, July 10, Taylor Swift performed for the first time since she called out Scooter Braun for being a “manipulative bully,” and it seems like the pop princess might have shaded the music producer during the Amazon Prime concert.
While performing her hit song “Shake It Off,” the 29-year-old put a special emphasis on one line in particular. “The liars and the dirty, dirty cheats of the world, you could have been getting down to this sick beat,” she sang.
Of course, Swifties couldn’t get enough of the epic moment and took to social media to share their feelings. One person wrote, “THE SHADE OMFG I FELT THAT #PrimeDay #PrimeDayConcert,” while another echoed, “We all know who!! When @taylorswift13 yelled/sang ‘LIARS AND THE DIRTY, DIRTY CHEATS OF THE WORLD.’ #PrimeDayConcert. This made my life much happier.” A third chimed in, writing, “Sex is cool and all, but have you ever watched Taylor Swift shade Scooter and Scott [Borschetta] during a female-led concert after reminding everyone she writes all her own songs? #PrimeDayConcert.”
On June 30, the “Delicate” songstress explained that her former record label, Scott Borchetta’s Big Machine Label Group, had been sold to Scooter, 38, for more than $300 million — which also included Taylor’s entire music catalog.
“For years, I asked, pleaded for a chance to own my work,” the blonde beauty wrote in a statement on her Tumblr. “Instead, I was given an opportunity to sign back up to Big Machine Records and ‘earn’ one album back at a time, one for every new one I turned in. I walked away because I knew once I signed the contract, Scott Borchetta, would sell the label, thereby selling me and my future. I had to make the excruciating choice to leave behind my past. Music I wrote on my bedroom floor and videos I dreamed up and paid for from the money I earned from playing in bars, then clubs, then arenas, then stadiums. All I could think about was the incessant, manipulative bullying I’ve received at his hands for years.”
Scooter has yet to comment on the drama, but his wife, Yael Cohen Braun, stuck up for her man. “I have never been one for a public airing of laundry, but when you attack my husband … here we go,” she wrote on Instagram. “Girl, who are you to talk about bullying? The world has watched you collect and drop friends like wilted flowers. My husband is anything but a bully. He’s spent his life standing up for people and causes he believes in.”
She continued, “Beyond that, it’s easy to see that the point of putting this out was to get people to bully him. You are supposed to be a role model but continue to model bullying.”
Welp. Let the games begin, right?
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