Taylor Swift fans are up there with Beyoncé fans regarding the craziest followers. Sure, the Beyhive will attack you with bee (and lemon) emojis for speaking ill of Queen B, but Swifties simply can’t fathom the idea that someone dislikes their idol. “But she’s so generous! She gives money to charities and surprises her fans with presents. She bakes cookies and loves cats and is so #relatable!” Um, yeah, since when is being a boring cat lady #goals? And Taylor Swift might be charitable, but somehow there’s always a camera rolling when she does these good deeds. Coincidence? I think not.
Surprisingly, the craziest Taylor Swift fans aren’t teenage girls defending their awkward idol, but neo-Nazis who actually believe that Taylor Swift is a secret jew-hater. Members of the “alt-right” — an internet subculture that is best described as the Venn diagram of hipster culture and white supremacy — have labeled Swift as their Aryan goddess. They’ve been diligently spreading the theory that the blue-eyed blonde is actually an undercover Nazi all over the internet, and their movement has been picking up momentum in recent months.
It all started when a Pinterest user started pinning memes attributing Adolf Hitler quotes to Swift, in the same way that people falsely attributed inspiring quotes to Marilyn Monroe. Her memes went viral, and even after receiving a threatening letter from Swift’s legal team, Pinterest refused to take down the images. In typical internet fashion, people continued to make and distribute the memes, making the Adolf Hitler/Taylor Swift quotes an official “thing.”
Who knows whether actual Nazis saw T-Swift as their Aryan goddess before the memes or if they took this short-lived internet fame and ran with it, but one thing’s for sure: Nazis adore Taylor Swift.
Writer of white supremacist blog Daily Stormer, Andre Anglin, has written dozens of posts praising Swift as a Nazi heroine. He spoke to Broadly about the Nazis’ obsession with Taylor Swift.
“Firstly, Taylor Swift is a pure Aryan goddess, like something out of classical Greek poetry. Athena reborn. That’s the most important thing.It is also an established fact that Taylor Swift is secretly a Nazi and is simply waiting for the time when Donald Trump makes it safe for her to come out and announce her Aryan agenda to the world. Probably, she will be betrothed to Trump’s son, and they will be crowned American royalty… It’s incredible really that she’s surrounded by these filthy, perverted Jews, and yet she remains capable of exuding 1950s purity, femininity and innocence,” Anglin says. “She is the anti-Miley. While Miley is out having gang-bangs with colored gentlemen, she is at home with her cat reading Jane Austen.”
Well… he’s not wrong? Taylor Swift would be the type to stay at home reading Jane Austen, and her style is very classic vintage. “You got that James Dean daydream look in your eye, and I got that red lip classic thing that you like.” She didn’t even show the world her belly button until very recently.
There’s also a Facebook page called “Taylor Swift for Fascist Europe” that has over 18,000 likes. Although the page is listed under the comedy genre on Facebook, the group’s community manager doesn’t see it as a joke. He really believes Taylor Swift embodies the Aryan spirit.
“Being Aryan is not simply a matter of blood, but it is also a matter of spirit,” the community manager writes in an email to Broadly. “Take Kim Kardashian or Miley Cyrus as examples of this: both began their lives with the same Nordic blood that Swift did, but what makes these two degenerates unfit for consideration as fascist icons? It is because, although Aryan in blood, the two are not Aryan in spirit. To be Aryan in spirit is what completes the fascist.”
Breitbart columnist Milo Yiannopoulos believes that Swift works as an avatar for the ultra right. She’s white, blonde, and was born and raised in Pennsylvania (one of the original thirteen colonies) where her father worked as a wealth manager and senior Vice President of Merrill Lynch before moving to Tennessee, a southern state. She originally sang country music, the preferred genre of southerners. She’s been notoriously private on her political views, but Taylor Swift has all the makings of a conservative. Is she maybe also a secret Nazi? Real-life Nazis seem to believe so.
“The entire Alt-Right patiently awaits the day when we can lay down our swords and kneel before her throne,” Anglin says, “as she commands us to go forth and slaughter the subhuman enemies of the Aryan race.”
Nazi or not, I still hate Taylor Swift.