Summary: Taylor Swift responds in defense to a statement by Hayley Kiyoko.
Hayley Kiyoko, the popularized “Lesbian Jesus” of the queer youth, has been famed for her works such as “Girls Like Girls” and “Cliffs Edge,” earning her place as a representative of the LGBT community. Having to be not only a singer but also the reputation as a director and an actor under her belt, she has made herself a critically acclaimed artist in her own right, standing alongside several other icons who openly express their identities. Having released a few EPs and recently put out a debut album “Expectations,” she has been put under the spotlight, interview after interview, delivering herself with poignant and overall charming displays.
In one of those interviews with Refinery29, Hayley Kiyoko mentioned the struggles of having to be referred questions such as, “Why do you always cast women as love interests?” in a statement going “I’ve had several music industry execs say ’you’re doing another music video about girls?’ I was like, um, yeah… Taylor Swift sings about men in every single song and video, and no one complains.” This comment has brought about extensive backlash from Taylor Swift fans, taking to social media to extend their opinions of the statement out into the open.
In response, Taylor Swift came to Hayley Kiyoko’s aide, mentioning that she applauds Hayley Kiyoko’s movement in expressing her feelings and thoughts into her art, with the message taking a throwback to the earlier years where Swift has made a call-out on how the media does not necessarily go against several songs made by men about women, showing how they’ve already centralized the idea to go against her craft.
“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.” She said in response to an ask on her Tumblr, thereby ending the entire debacle that came forth from the internet sphere. The community made amends with it, and Hayley Kiyoko, in turn, gave her thanks to Swift.
❤️ and respect to @taylorswift13 and all the brave artists out there sharing their truth with the world. I appreciate you. We keep climbing.
— Hayley Kiyoko (@HayleyKiyoko) March 31, 2018