Then there’s this: Scooter Braun’s Instagram post address to Taylor Swift

If you’ve been following the drama ginned up by Taylor Swift against Scooter Braun regarding the use of her music (I’ve written extensively about it), you might be wondering about what Scooter has to say about the whole thing. After all, we’ve mostly heard just from Tay-Tay.

He did have something to say to at an entertainment conference on Friday (Variety reports on that here). That was followed by this Instagram post to Taylor–because, of course, we only communicate in public through social media, right?

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Lemme write it out for you:

“Since your public statement last week there have been numerous death threats directed at my family,” Braun wrote in his post. “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.”

He means this:

Has Taylor condemned this sort of criminal behaviour? Nope. Let’s continue with Scooter’s statement:

“I won’t go into details of this past week. I have been at a loss. Thinking of my wife and children, my team and their families, I have gone through a range of emotions on how to deal with this. I only write this now after a deep breathe [sic] and much reflection. I am certain there is now situation ever worth jeopardizing anyone’s safety.

“I assume this was not your intention but it is important that your words carry a tremendous amount of weight and that your message can be interpreted by some in different ways. While disappointed that you have remained silent after being notified by your attorney 4 days ago of these ongoing threats, I’m still hopeful we can fix this.

“We are living in a time of pointless violence and as a husband and father, I am concerned.”

“This is a world filled with toxic division where people express their opinions over social media instead of having conversations in person. I want no part of that.

“To be frank I was shocked and disheartened to hear that my presence in the Big Machine deal caused you so much pain as the handful of times we have actually met I have always remembered them to be pleasant and respectful. Knowing what I know now all I have wanted to do is rectify the situation. I’m open to ALL possibilities. My attempts and calls to have an open discussion with you over the last 6 months have all been rejected. While some on your team and many of our mutual friends have tried to get you to the table, all have had no luck. It almost feels as if you have no interest in ever resolving the conflict. At this point with safety becoming a concern I have no choice other than to publicly ask for us to come together and try to find a resolution. I have tried repeatedly through your representatives to achieve a solution but unfortunately here we are. This game of telephone isn’t working.

“While I am frustrated with your accusations and respectfully disagree with many of your statements, it is important that I am clear—no artist should ever feel cornered or bullied. I have spent my entire career in service of creatives and artists, never the other way around.

“As the world now knows you can and should perform any song you would like at the AMAs. I have never and would never say otherwise. You do not need anyone’s permission to do so legally but I am stating it here clearly and publicly so there is no more debate or confusion.

“Moving forward I would like to find a resolution. I will make myself available whenever works for you. Many have told me that a meeting will never happen as this is not about truth or resolution but instead a narrative for you. I am hopeful that is not the case. I’m right here, ready to speak directly and respectfully. But if you would prefer to make large public statements while refusing to work towards resolving things amicably then I just pray that nobody gets seriously hurt in the process. I continue to wish you the best and hope we can resolve this.”

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

2 thoughts on “Then there’s this: Scooter Braun’s Instagram post address to Taylor Swift

  • November 26, 2019 at 8:02 am

    I’m sure Taylor is loving it. She lives for manufactured drama, and doesn’t care about consequences, or who gets hurt. Rather than go after Scooter, someone should go after Taylor and make this world a MUCH quieter, less dramatic place.

  • November 26, 2019 at 9:56 pm

    First things first. Death threats are never ok and that is a terrible thing, which should be stopped immediately.

    On that note…

    Here we go, men talking about how a woman is a drama queen 🙄 can we all talk about how this is typical gaslighting behaviour, the person in power acting like there’s no big deal and the person who feels wronged is trying to stand up for themselves.

    Keep in mind this isn’t just about the AMAs. This woman asked repeatedly to buy her own work. When she is told no over and over, instead they sell the whole label. It’s not like she doesn’t have a ridiculous amount of money to buy her music back. Why was she not given the opportunity? Now she has to deal with this person she CLEARLY does not want ties with, and is stuck with him.

    I’m expecting responses that say I’m also a drama queen or whatever other thing you want to say, instead of trying to acknowledge the bigger picture – being that women need to fight twice as hard to get what men have, and then when we do, you get stories like this.


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