Taylor Swift fans threaten to kill designer over a shirt that lists her ex-boyfriends.. How big is the shirt?
Written by Maggie Boylan+
Taylor Swift fans officially have no sense of humor! When Lex Houser and Andi Cross of Bad Kids Clothing designed a t-shirt for a friend to wear to a concert, they didn’t realize the kind of negative reaction they would receive. The shirt makes fun of Taylor’s number of ex-boyfriends and her fans thought it was so offensive that the designers deserved to die.
The shirt lists the names of all of Taylor’s ex-boyfriends, from Joe Jonas to Harry Styles. It was supposed to be a harmless joke but the crazed Swifties began attacking the designers immediately. In his blog, Houser describes the weirdness of it all. He said that, before he knew what was happening, he got “Emails, phone calls, texts, all from “Swifies” threatening to kill us and burn our store down because of how disrespectful we were being to Taylor.”
One fan tweeted, ” I hope your store burns down over your heads ”… Bad Kids Clothing responded to the crazed fan by saying, “we’re an online store… lol.”
This isn’t the first time Swifties have rallied to her defense. Just a month ago, Taylor’s fans forced Abercrombie & Fitch to stop selling a shirt that mocked her former relationships.
It’s a ridiculous situation but also a scary one. Houser described it well in his blog, saying ” It’s disturbing that kids today feel compelled to hide behind their keyboards and threaten lives of people they don’t even know in ways that are so graphic and horrific, all over a t-shirt, with references to their dearly beloved pop star.” Yeah, it is disturbing.
And then, after all this intensity over a t-shirt, the news of Cory Monteith‘s death reached the public. According to Andi Cross, Taylor’s fans ”began using Cory’s death as part of the slander, pairing it up nicely with their favorite hate messages.”
This is an example of how unhealthy it is to just sit behind your computer and become invested in someone or something you never actually interact with, and become so attached that death threats seem ok to make. It’s never ok to threaten violence and express that kind of hate. If anything, Cory’s death should make us appreciate the life we have. Let’s live it to the fullest and not waste time threatening to burn down t-shirt companies for making a funny t-shirt.
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