You don’t need us to tell you that the whole world is talking about Taylor Swift, right now.
The chances are you logged into Twitter this morning and saw at least one person dissing her latest single ‘Look What You Made Me Do’. Maybe they’re criticising the strength of the chorus. Or perhaps, they’re trying to work out the shady meanings behind the images in the music video.
Either way, whilst the whole world is ganging up on Taylor, we’ve all forgotten about the amazing thing she recently did during her court case against radio host called David Mueller.
For those that don’t know, in 2013 David groped Taylor during a meet-and-greet. The radio host put his hand up the back of her skirt when she was posing for a photo with him and his girlfriend.
Taylor’s management reported what David did and he was fired from his job. Two years later, David then tried to sue Taylor for $3 million – saying that the accusation was false and that he deserved damages for what she put him through.
Although photos from the meet-and-greet had been leaked at this point, David went forth with his claim. It resulted in Taylor countersuing the DJ for sexual assault for just $1.
The judge ruled in Taylor’s favour and the singer said that she wanted to be an example to other women who may have found themselves in a similar situation. And that’s exactly what she did.
Taylor come under scrutiny a lot during the trial. So much so that the sad reality is more people were discussing her court room sketches of her, than the powerful replies Taylor gave when David Mueller’s lawyer put her on the spot.
Mueller’s lawyer asked the singer whether she felt guilty that the DJ lost his job and Taylor gave an answer that The Guardian‘s Eva Wiseman said should be taught to girls everywhere.
“I’m not going to let you or your client make me feel in any way that this is my fault. Here we are years later, and I’m being blamed for the unfortunate events of his life that are the product of his decisions – not mine.”
If that question alone didn’t get your blood boiling, then the lawyer also tried to knock Taylor down in other ways. First he asked about Taylor’s bodyguard and questioned whether she was “critical” of him for not protecting her. She replied:
“I’m critical of your client sticking his hand under my skirt and grabbing my ass.”
The singer didn’t even lose her cool when the lawyer then proceeded to call her cold. Taylor said:
“Which is a new one for me, but I have an uncanny ability to elicit new criticism.”
Taylor was completely fearless in her trial. She was an example of bravery, strength and despite how traumatic testifying in an assault case can be, the way she handled this is helping other women come forward.
What do you think of the replies Taylor gave during the trial? Let us know in the comments below.