Taylor Swift is one of the biggest pop stars in the world, but apparently fame doesn’t buy you protection from assault because she’s just installed security cameras at her meet-and-greets to document any potential sexual harassment.
The ‘Lover’ singer has cameras aimed directly at her ass during meet-and-greets because apparently some fans don’t have respect for her personal boundaries, according to The Guardian.
Honestly, that’s fucked. Whether you’re a fan of her or not, nobody should have to deal with that sort of harassment.
The cameras were installed following a groping incident with a DJ, who Swift later sued successfully in 2013.
DJ David Mueller, a 59-year-old man initially sued her for defamation after she called him out. But in true Taylor Swift fashion, she wasn’t going to let him win and counter-sued him for sexual assault. She won the assault case in 2017, just a few months before the #MeToo movement exploded in Hollywood.
Her new security measure is designed to make sure that “if something happens again, we can prove it with video footage from every angle”.
The ordeal was Swift’s first experience with sexual assault, but that doesn’t make it any less traumatising.
“I’m really lucky that it hadn’t happened to me before. But that was one of the reasons it was so traumatising. I just didn’t know that could happen. It was really brazen, in front of seven people.”
It’s terrible to see that artists have to implement these extreme measures to protect themselves from so called “fans”.
If you get the chance to meet your favourite celebrity, or you’re just interacting with anyone, don’t fucking grope people. Don’t touch people without their consent. Don’t force people to hug you. Just don’t. Respect boundaries.
Only one day after the release of her latest Lover album, Taylor Swift has already topped the biggest sales week of the year for an album in the US. She also just happens to have broken the record for the biggest sales week ever, knocking her last album Reputation out of the top spot.Image: Getty Images / Dia Dipasupil