A scandalous, barely-acknowledged photo depicting pop megastar Taylor Swift and a man wearing a giant red swastika has re-emerged. Celebrity drag queen James Davis, star of The Real Housewives of Miami and better known by his stage name Elaine Lancaster, sent the photo to DANGEROUS unaware that it had been briefly reported on in 2009. Davis claims Swift had originally shared the photo on her now defunct MySpace page. DANGEROUS was unable to verify if the photo had ever been posted to Swift’s old MySpace page.
“I could swear I remember the caption saying that guy [in the swastika shirt] was her date to the party, but I can’t be certain,” Davis says.
The photo was taken in 2009, at Katy Perry’s 25th birthday party. Swift and the man are embracing one another, with arms entwined and bodies tilted toward each other. The party, as reported by The Mirror and The Daily Beast at the time, was Willy-Wonka themed. There were 15 Oompa Loompas walking around with buckets of paint. Attendees were instructed to show up wearing all white before splattering themselves in paint. The man posing with Swift has a large red swastika painted over a black swastika on his chest. Swift appears to have the letters “JH” painted on her midsection and is splattered in orange, yellow, and pink paint. DANGEROUS was able to uncover another photo depicting Swift and the man dancing in close proximity, with the man directly behind her.
The photo of Swift with the man in the swastika t-shirt was originally uncovered in 2009 and a small number of tabloids ran brief stories shaking it off. “She doesn’t know who this guy is and she didn’t realize what was on his shirt,” a representative for Swift told The Daily Beast at the time.
But according to Davis, a celebrity in his own right in South Florida and within the international gay community, the photo was not just sitting on some random person’s camera who leaked it to the press. A young Swift herself posted it on social media, Davis claims to remember. The swastika is very hard to miss, and, if she did see it, Swift’s broad smile certainly doesn’t seem disapproving.
“I was a very early fan of hers and I followed her on MySpace,” Davis told DANGEROUS. “And I very clearly remember seeing this photo on her page. I decided I would save it because I thought, ‘huh, that’s weird.’ It definitely came from MySpace, I’m certain of it. But if Taylor didn’t know who he was, why did she post the photo to her MySpace page?” DANGEROUS was unable to verify the identify of the man in the photo and whether he knew Swift. Vague timelines of Swift’s romantic relationships suggest she was dating, but possibly on the outs with, actor Taylor Lautner at the time the photo was taken. Setting aside the narcissism of dating someone with your own name, Lautner does not resemble the man in the photo.
“I’ve been a fan forever but I thought it was important for people to see this if she’s going to start talking about politics. She’s not a dumb girl. She knows exactly what a swastika is. She was complicit by having her photograph taken with him and then posting it on her personal page,” Davis says.
MySpace, founded in 2003, was one of the first social media websites and was the world’s largest social networking site until 2009. It was the Facebook of its day, lacking a newsfeed, where users had personal pages to blog and upload photos. It became a hit with musicians. Swift joined the site around 2005, one year before her first album debuted. According to archived posts, Swift was still active on MySpace as late as 2010, which fits the timeline of when the photograph was taken. In 2016, Buzzfeed published three stories about Swift’s now defunct MySpace page under headlines like, “Taylor Swift’s Old MySpace Pictures Are Embarrassing And Great.” None mentioned the swastika photo.
Although the media hysterically claimed that Swift had become a darling of the alt-right following the 2016 election, reality told a different story. In an industry synonymous with far-Left politics and inane virtue-signaling, Conservatives, Libertarians, and non-Leftists warmed up to the pop star for her glaring silence on political issues. Many conservatives speculated she was quietly a Trump-supporter while others appreciated her refreshing commitment to being an entertainer capable of practicing restraint when it came to political opinions.
That all changed Monday when the songstress stepped into politics ahead of the midterm elections to voice her support for Democrats and encourage her millions of fans to follow in lockstep. In a post on Instagram, where she has 112 million followers, Swift threw her weight behind vast, Left-wing conspiracy theories like the gender wage gap, “systemic racism” and homophobia.
“I believe that the systemic racism we still see in this country towards people of color is terrifying, sickening and prevalent,” she wrote. She specifically targeted House and Senate races in her home state of Tennessee, where she said she planned to vote for Democrats, and set her sights on taking down incumbent Republican congresswoman Marsha Blackburn, labeling her anti-woman.
I’m writing this post about the upcoming midterm elections on November 6th, in which I’ll be voting in the state of Tennessee. In the past I’ve been reluctant to publicly voice my political opinions, but due to several events in my life and in the world in the past two years, I feel very differently about that now. I always have and always will cast my vote based on which candidate will protect and fight for the human rights I believe we all deserve in this country. I believe in the fight for LGBTQ rights, and that any form of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender is WRONG. I believe that the systemic racism we still see in this country towards people of color is terrifying, sickening and prevalent. I cannot vote for someone who will not be willing to fight for dignity for ALL Americans, no matter their skin color, gender or who they love. Running for Senate in the state of Tennessee is a woman named Marsha Blackburn. As much as I have in the past and would like to continue voting for women in office, I cannot support Marsha Blackburn. Her voting record in Congress appalls and terrifies me. She voted against equal pay for women. She voted against the Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, which attempts to protect women from domestic violence, stalking, and date rape. She believes businesses have a right to refuse service to gay couples. She also believes they should not have the right to marry. These are not MY Tennessee values. I will be voting for Phil Bredesen for Senate and Jim Cooper for House of Representatives. Please, please educate yourself on the candidates running in your state and vote based on who most closely represents your values. For a lot of us, we may never find a candidate or party with whom we agree 100% on every issue, but we have to vote anyway. So many intelligent, thoughtful, self-possessed people have turned 18 in the past two years and now have the right and privilege to make their vote count. But first you need to register, which is quick and easy to do. October 9th is the LAST DAY to register to vote in the state of TN. Go to vote.org and you can find all the info. Happy Voting! 🗳😃🌈
2m Likes, 0 Comments – Taylor Swift (@taylorswift) on Instagram: “I’m writing this post about the upcoming midterm elections on November 6th, in which I’ll be voting…”
What made Swift’s zombie-like political grandstanding even more suspicious is it occurred just one day before the American Music Awards. Swift took home four awards that night including Artist of the Year and made headlines for giving a politically-charged speech. Following a trend in Hollywood awards shows in recent years, the 2018 AMAs reached a new ratings low, with viewership down a whopping 29 per cent.
Also suspiciously, Swift came out as a lefty just two days after the U.S. leg of her 2018 Reputation tour ended. Her last domestic tour date was Oct. 6 in Arlington, VA, leading many to suspect she withheld her announcement for fear of losing ticket sales from conservative fans.
Chadwick Moore is a journalist and political commentator, currently working on his first book. He tweets at @Chadwick_Moore.
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