After Swifties were quick to attack Hayley Kiyoko for bringing up Taylor Swift while discussing injustices in the music industry, the “Look What You Made Me Do” songstress was even quicker to defend her fellow female artist.
“I’ve had several music industry execs say ‘You’re doing another music video about girls? I literally looked at them and was like, um, yeah … Taylor Swift sings about men in every single song and video, and no one complains that she’s unoriginal,” Kiyoko told Refinery29 Friday (Mar. 30). Kiyoko shot into the spotlight not only for her immense musical talent, but also for embracing her sexual identity.
Some fans on blogging site Tumblr misinterpreted the comment to mean that Kiyoko was slamming Swift for writing about her past relationships with men. Swift pushed back, commenting, “We should applaud artists who are brave enough to tell their honest romantic narrative through their art, and the fact is that I’ve never encountered homophobia and she has. It’s her right to call out anyone who has double standards about gay vs straight love interests.”
Swift has even taken a very similar stance to Kiyoko in the past, telling Time magazine in 2014 calling those who say she only writes about boyfriends “very sexist.” “No one says that about Ed Sheeran. No one says that about Bruno Mars. They’re all writing songs about their exes, their current girlfriends, their love life, and no one raises the red flag there.”