“This fucking Scooter Braun shit, like what a piece of shit, right?” Urie said of Braun. “You guys know about this dude? It just like broke my heart, I read Taylor’s statement and I was like, ‘That sounds about right,’ ya know. Toxic dudes doing toxic bullsh*t in this toxic industry… yeah, he doesn’t sound like a very good person… it’s a shitshow to learn how awful people can be just for a profit, just for a monetary gain, and maybe some clout.”
Urie was referring to Swift’s statement in the wake of the weekend’s news that Braun had acquired Swift’s former label, Big Label Machine Group, in a $300 million deal by his Ithaca Holdings arm backed by the massive global investment firm the Carlyle Group. Swift referred to the purchase — which includes the rights to her first six albums — as her “worst case scenario,” and the latest in what she termed Braun’s “incessant, manipulative bullying” of hers over the years and the “controlling of a woman who didn’t want to be associated” with him.
Urie, who called Braun a “fucking asshole,” went on to say that he thought it was “illegal to do a business turn behind the people who wrote the stuff. Like you can’t do it without their knowledge. There’s a certain amount of time legally that you have to let the people know…like there’s gotta be a precedent for that — not toxic masculinity.”
Swift has also gotten support from a number of other artists, including Halsey, Todrick Hall, Iggy Azalea, model Cara Delevingne and frequent video director Joseph Kahn, while Braun’s wife, Yael and new client Demi Lovato, as well as flagship talent Justin Bieber have come to Braun’s defense.
Big Machine founder/CEO Scott Borchetta has refuted his former charge’s claims that she was blindsided by the sale.
Watch Urie’s full Twitch video below (Swift comments occur near the beginning of the stream).