Taylor Swift fans have managed to uncover images of Sia in what appears to be blackface, after she came out in support of Scooter Braun, People writes. The Aussie singer-songwriter has since taken to Twitter to rebut the accusations.
Yesterday, Sia tweeted in defence of Scooter Braun – the man who now owns the rights to Taylor Swift’s back catalogue – writing that he’s a “good kind man“. “I love you keep going,” she wrote.
That drew the ire of devoted Swifties who got to the task of to digging up dirt to tarnish the singer. Quite literally in fact – they found images of her covered in black facepaint from about ten years ago.
Overnight, Sia, who now performs with her face largely hidden by a huge-ass wig, tried to explain that she was “painting [herself] into the backdrop, it was a pre cursor to the wig“. The argument seems to be that it’s ‘art’ rather than a racial slur.
The comments on Sia’s posts are full of vitriol, although the reasons given for “cancelling” the artist are not limited to the accusation that she’s a racist. There’s also quite a lot spreading Michael Jackson conspiracy theories, which dismiss the legitimacy of the very moving, very real Leaving Neverland documentary.
Other people have leapt to the singer’s defence, citing her charitable works and the ‘art’ argument.
Sia is just one of many artists who have come out strongly in support of either Braun or Swift since Braun acquired the rights to Swift’s music on the weekend. Swift’s former record label boss Scott Borchetta claims that she had ample opportunity to buy back her intellectual property. Her attorney Don Passman has denied that assertion, as Billboard reports, saying in a statement: “Scott Borchetta never gave Taylor Swift an opportunity to purchase her masters, or the label, outright with a check in the way he is now apparently doing for others.”