For most Taylor Swift fans letting Scooter Braun know their thoughts on the dispute over Taylor Swift’s AMAs medley and Netflix documentary, a few rat emojis sufficed. Some, however, went a lot further, leading Braun to speak out on Friday in a social post addressed directly at Swift.
“Since your public statement last week there have been numerous death threats directed at my family,” he wrote. “This morning I spoke out publicly for the first time saying I wouldn’t participate in a social media war. However I came home tonight to find my wife had received a phone call threatening the safety of our children as well as other threats seen above… I assume this was not your intention but it is important that you understand that your words carry a tremendous amount of weight and that your message can be interpreted by some in different ways.”
Braun went on to claim that “my attempts and calls to have an open discussion with you over the last 6 months have all been rejected”, before making it clear that “you can and should perform any song you would like at the AMAs”. And yes, Swift did get to do her medley of back-catalogue hits last night, but it’s too early to tell whether that’s the first step towards a resolution to the wider disputes, or just a temporary respite before hostilities resume.