Representative Ocasio-Cortez spoke out on Twitter Friday regarding Swift’s statements that Big Machine Label Group founder Scott Borchetta and partner Scooter Braun are impeding her November 24th performance at the American Music Awards, where she will receive the Artist of the Decade award.
Swift claims in part that the pair, who own recordings from her first six studio albums, are not allowing her to play those songs, both at the show and in an upcoming Netflix documentary. However, Big Machine said in a Friday statement that Swift’s claims were based on “false information.”
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“This is WRONG. Neither of these men had a hand in the writing of those songs. They did nothing to create the relationship I have with my fans…I just want to be able to perform MY OWN music,” Swift tweeted in part. She also called out the private equity firm the Carlyle Group, which according to the New York Times, invested in Braun’s company Ithaca Holdings, “who put up money for the sale of my music to these two men.”
On Friday, Ocasio-Cortez weighed in. "Private equity groups' predatory practices actively hurt millions of Americans,” she tweeted. “Their leveraged buyouts have destroyed the lives of retail workers across the country, scrapping 1+ million jobs. Now they’re holding @taylorswift13’s own music hostage. They need to be reigned in."
Private equity groups’ predatory practices actively hurt millions of Americans.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) November 15, 2019
Their leveraged buyouts have destroyed the lives of retail workers across the country, scrapping 1+ million jobs. Now they’re holding @taylorswift13’s own music hostage.
They need to be reigned in. https://t.co/mSVeH718Hn
Warren joined in on Saturday, tweeting that Swift is “one of many whose work has been threatened by a private equity firm,” connecting it to her presidential campaign.
“They’re gobbling up more and more of our economy, costing jobs and crushing entire industries,” Warren wrote. “It’s time to rein in private equity firms — and I’ve got a plan for that.” The last line of Warrens’ tweet is her unofficial campaign slogan, reflecting her many policy positions.
Unfortunately, @TaylorSwift13 is one of many whose work has been threatened by a private equity firm. They're gobbling up more and more of our economy, costing jobs and crushing entire industries. It's time to rein in private equity firms—and I've got a plan for that. https://t.co/r2UD4CT1Ba— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) November 16, 2019
Swift encouraged fans to "let Scott Borchetta and Scooter Braun know how you feel about this." In no time, the hashtag #IStandWithTaylor circulated, with singers Halsey and Lily Allen and actor Ruby Rose sharing their support.
Tree Paine, a publicist for Swift, tweeted that Borchetta “flatly denied the request” for the music to be used at both the American Music Awards and in the Netflix documentary.
Statement regarding Big Machine pic.twitter.com/9ZhjE1ntHe— Tree Paine (@treepaine) November 15, 2019
Big Machine Label Group’s Nashville headquarters was forced to shut down early on Friday as a result of “direct and hostile death threats being made to employees of the company,” Entertainment Tonight reported.
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