Taylor Swift Slams Justin Bieber and His Manager Scooter Braun for ‘Bullying Her’ | 22 Words

Hoooooo boy. It's barely even summer, and the internet's already got a hot new feud between two of its biggest celebrities. Is there an internet fight that Taylor Swift isn't involved in? Maybe not, but this time it's not her fault... Really. We can explain!

You're gonna want to stay informed on this new beef. It's about to be the talk of everyone and their mom's trendy 4th of July barbeque bash, and it's a little complicated, so we're gonna break down exactly how this fight started in the first place, and whether or not it'll end with Justin and Taylor making up dressed as a burger and fries. (Hint: probably not.)

So who are the major players in this hot new fight? Well, let's just say one Tumblr post called out Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, Kim Kardashian, and Kanye West. And at the center of it all, some guy named Scooter Braun. Let's break it down.

So, let's start with a little Swift backstory.

Because, honestly, it's way too confusing, and now you can be the expert.

All the way back in 2008, Taylor Swift signed a 10-year deal with a record company called Big Machine. 

So basically, her entire career had been under one label. Every hit, every album. From Fearless to reputation.

Last year, she left Big Machine (and founder, Scott Borchetta) and signed with Republic Records.

So she's getting superstar money for her super-stardom. But Big Machine was with her from the beginning, and their relationship was surely special.

The problems started over the weekend when it was announced that Big Machine was being purchased.

For a seemingly low $300 million. Low-key that seems kind of cheap for a label that represents like half of country music.

So basically, Taylor owns all of her music going forward, but Big Machine owns all the music she put out before 2019. Yikes.

So Taylor had to hope that whoever bought or controlled Big Machine in the future was a decent person. Well, uh, that didn't happen.

Everything changed when it was announced that Big Machine was being bought by Scooter Braun's company, Ithaca Holdings.

Taylor was not happy. And she called both Scooter and Scott Borchetta (former owner of Big Machine) out on Tumblr this weekend.

Here's what she had to say:

For years I asked, pleaded for a chance to own my work. Instead, [last year] I was given an opportunity to sign back up to Big Machine Records and ‘earn’ one album back at a time, one for every new one I turned in. I walked away because I knew once I signed that contract, Scott Borchetta would sell the label, thereby selling me and my future. I had to make the excruciating choice to leave behind my past. Music I wrote on my bedroom floor and videos I dreamed up and paid for from the money I earned playing in bars, then clubs, then arenas, then stadiums. 

She continued.

Some fun facts about today’s news: I learned about Scooter Braun’s purchase of my masters as it was announced to the world. 

All I could think about was the incessant, manipulative bullying I’ve received at his hands for years.

Like when Kim Kardashian orchestrated an illegally recorded snippet of a phone call to be leaked and then Scooter got his two clients together to bully me online about it. Or when his client, Kanye West, organized a revenge porn music video which strips my body naked. Now Scooter has stripped me of my life’s work, that I wasn’t given an opportunity to buy. Essentially, my musical legacy is about to lie in the hands of someone who tried to dismantle it.

This is my worst case scenario.

This is what happens when you sign a deal at fifteen to someone for whom the term ‘loyalty’ is clearly just a contractual concept. And when that man says ‘Music has value’, he means its value is beholden to men who had no part in creating it. 

When I left my masters in Scott’s hands, I made peace with the fact that eventually he would sell them.

Never in my worst nightmares did I imagine the buyer would be Scooter.  Any time Scott Borchetta has heard the words ‘Scooter Braun’ escape my lips, it was when I was either crying or trying not to. He knew what he was doing; they both did.

Controlling a woman who didn’t want to be associated with them. In perpetuity. That means forever. 

Thankfully, I am now signed to a label that believes I should own anything I create. Thankfully, I left my past in Scott’s hands and not my future. And hopefully, young artists or kids with musical dreams will read this and learn about how to better protect themselves in a negotiation.

You deserve to own the art you make.

I will always be proud of my past work. But for a healthier option, Lover will be out August 23rd.  Sad and grossed out, ? Taylor

Okay, so that's a lot.

But it really seems like Taylor means what she says and feels betrayed by her old label.

So Taylor feels wronged by Scooters clients and feels like he orchestrated a lot of the drama in her life.

And that honestly doesn't feel too far from the truth.

And if you needed any more proof, check out this (now-deleted) post from Scooter's Instagram.

So that's incriminating. The language of "buying" someone is just too much. But then... Scooter's clients jumped in to defend him.

Starting with Justin Bieber. And his apology/defense is a long one.

Hey Taylor. First of all, I would like to apologize for posting that hurtful Instagram post, at the time I thought it was funny but looking back it was distasteful and insensitive... I have to be honest though it was my caption and post that I screenshotted of scooter and Kanye that said “Taylor Swift what up" he didn't have anything to do with it and it wasn't even a part of the conversation in all actuality he was the person who told me not to joke like that.. Scooter has had your back since the days you graciously let me open up for you! As the years have passed we haven’t crossed paths and gotten to communicate our differences, hurts or frustrations. So for you to take it to social media and get people to hate on Scooter isn’t fair.

What were you trying to accomplish by posting that blog?

Seems to me like it was to get sympathy u also knew that in posting that your fans would go and bully scooter. Anyway, One thing I know is both Scooter and I love you. I feel like the only way to resolve conflict is through communication. So banter back and forth online I don't believe solves anything. I’m sure Scooter and I would love to talk to you and resolve any conflict, pain or any feelings that need to be addressed. Neither scooter or I have anything negative to say about you we truly want the best for you. I usually don’t rebuttal things like this but when you try and deface someone I love's character, that's crossing a line...

It seems like they're both hurting in their own ways.

But Justin wasn't the only person to jump in and defend Scooter.

Demi Lovato also added her support on Instagram.

I have dealt with bad people in this industry and Scooter is not one of them. He's a good man. Personally, I'm grateful he came into my life when he did. Please stop "dragging" people or bullying them. There's enough hate in this world as it is. 

She went on.

Y'all can come after me all you want but I'm always gonna stay loyal to my team. I value loyalty more than most people in this world and if my name is gonna be brought into conversations I'm gonna stand up for myself and the ones on my team. 

Scooter's wife, Yael Cohen (CEO of F*** Cancer) had some choice words for Taylor as well.

"Never been on for a public airing of laundry..." okayyyyyyy.

But for every hater, Taylor had a defender. Including Selena Gomez's mom(?!)

She posted a caption on Instagram reading, "I wish I could give you a big hug right now! Thank you for speaking out about this and teaching future young artist about protecting themselves."

Halsey also came to Taylor's defense.

Seems like it's becoming harder and harder for solo artists to not get gobbled up by the music industry's machine. Taylor has been an inspiration for some emerging artists for pushing back and owning herself.

Iggy Azalea also chimed in.

She's basically arguing that Taylor never had the opportunity to buy back the rights to her own music before Scooter could get his hands on them. And that's not cool.

Broadway star, RuPaul's Drag Race judge, and cameo actor in the You Need to Calm Down music video Todrick Hall spat some freakin' venom toward Scooter.

Damn, that's quite the indictment of character. It seems like everyone has their own opinion of this guy -- and that's not usually a good thing.

So let's take a minute to recap this saga.

Because it's super complicated and we want to provide you with the ammo you need to fight about this with your friends as best as possible.

So, deep breath in. Let's do this.

Taylor Swift signed a 10-year record contract when she was 15-years-old. A contract that meant her label kept the rights to her music in perpetuity. Last week, the rights to those songs were sold (but never offered to Taylor) to Scooter Braun. Braun and Swift have long-time dislike for each other, and Braun posted a photo on his Instagram saying he "bought" Taylor. Taylor posted a heart-breaking post on Tumblr calling out a bunch of celebrities and talked about how upset she was at the whole situation, which caused everyone in the entertainment industry to take sides. Phew. I think that's it.

So what side of this feud are you on?

Are you on #TeamTaylor? Or do you think she just "Needs to Calm Down?"

Either way, we'd love to hear your thoughts.

So leave us a comment about who's right and who's wrong!