Taylor Swift’s collaboration with Ice Spice raises eyebrows amid Matty Healy backlash

A few of Taylor Swift’s Black followers have renewed their frustration over the singer’s connection to The 1975 frontman Matty Healy after Swift introduced a collaboration with rapper Ice Spice.

Whereas followers have been excited in regards to the remixed “Midnights” monitor that includes Ice Spice, who would be the first Black girl on one among Swift’s songs, some questioned Swift’s motives.

Earlier this yr, Healy engaged in habits some deemed racist, together with laughing at and becoming a member of in on jokes mocking Ice Spice whereas showing as a visitor on a podcast. And whereas Healy and Swift haven’t confirmed a romantic relationship, the 2 have made headlines after being noticed out collectively. Healy has additionally been photographed at a number of of the Eras Tour concert events.

Provided that connection, Swift’s collaboration with Ice Spice appeared like a calculated PR transfer, some mentioned. Others mentioned they consider the Ice Spice collaboration was probably lengthy within the works, however they remained upset by the truth that Swift has but to handle Healy’s earlier feedback.

“I don’t consider that Matty Healy is a demon conservative,” mentioned Brooke Giles, 27, who considers herself a die-hard Swiftie. “And she or he [Swift] just isn’t commenting on it. As a substitute, she’s discovering extra methods once more to revenue off of controversy.”

Representatives for the three artists didn’t instantly reply to a request for touch upon Thursday.

Healy made the controversial feedback on a February episode of the podcast “The Adam Friedland Present.” In the course of the episode, Healy, who’s white, might be heard laughing at jokes that hosts Friedland and Nick Mullen make about Ice Spice’s ethnicity (Ice Spice is Dominican and Nigerian).

He additionally appeared to encourage the co-hosts after they imitated Chinese language and Hawaiian accents, and, later, laughed when the 2 imitated Japanese accents.

The podcast episode was pulled from Apple and Spotify. 

In April, Healy apologized for his feedback, addressing Ice Spice immediately whereas performing in Auckland, New Zealand.

“I by no means meant to harm anyone,” he mentioned. “I’m sorry if I’ve offended you and, like, Ice Spice, I’m sorry. It’s not as a result of I’m irritated that me joking acquired misconstrued, it’s trigger I don’t need Ice Spice to suppose I’m a d—. I really like you, Ice Spice. I’m so sorry. I don’t need something to be misconstrued as imply. I don’t thoughts being a little bit of a joker … however I don’t wish to be perceived as, like, type of mean-hearted.” 

Healy, Swift and Ice Spice haven’t weighed in on the controversy. 

In her announcement on Wednesday, Swift mentioned she is a “large fan” of Ice Spice, including “after attending to know her I can verify: she is THE ONE to look at.” 

“Sweetest individual ever thank u sm,” Ice Spice wrote in her response tweet.

Ice Spice had beforehand shared her love of The 1975 in a Jan. 25 video interview with Elle.

Discussions surrounding Swift and Healy have pervaded social media for days. 

“i really like taylor swift as a lot as the following swiftie however that is such an attention-grabbing PR transfer,” wrote one other Twitter person. 

Followers have used the hashtag #SpeakUpNow to share their frustrations over Swift’s affiliation with Healy. The tag was additionally utilized in a fan-written letter which was broadly “preferred” and shared on Twitter.

“Your voice holds great energy and proper now your silence is palpable,” the fan wrote. “We urge you to mirror on the impression of your individual and your associates’ habits and interact in real self-reflection.”

Swift followers like Mike Mason, 24, mentioned they’re nonetheless angered by Healy’s feedback.

“After I noticed the feedback, I used to be actually so disgusted and indignant,” Mason mentioned in an electronic mail to NBC Information. “It was fully racist and uncalled for, and I don’t suppose his apology was real in any respect.”

It was fully racist and uncalled for.

-Mike Mason, taylor swift fan, on feedback matty healy made throughout a february podcast look

Amid the discourse, some Swifties have come to Healy’s protection, noting that he beforehand advocated for progressive causes and ladies’s points.

Comic and activist Franchesca Ramsey prompt the protection of Healy may very well be as a result of parasocial relationship — the attachment that followers could really feel towards a public determine, particularly personable people who find themselves very energetic on-line — folks have with Swift. 

The artist is thought for deliberately leaving clues of every kind in her music movies, lyrics and social media for her devoted followers to investigate and dissect.

”my take is a big proportion of Taylor’s viewers feels excessive loyalty to her bc of the parasocial relationship she’s cultivated with them all through her profession,” Ramsey tweeted. “exhibiting allegiance to her on social media is a approach to feign closeness & an opportunity at being picked/observed by her.”

Some mentioned they consider the controversy serves for example of Swift’s privilege and participation in white-centric feminism. 

“I don’t suppose she’s a horrible, terrible individual,” Giles mentioned. “I all the time wish to suppose that’s fairly well-established. However I do suppose that she’s very careless in her privilege.”

Others expressed disappointment that the controversy has overshadowed Ice Spice.

Ava Brown, 24, mentioned as a longtime Swift fan, mentioned she finds the Healy discourse “irritating.”

“… lots of people are defending the issues that he says in a approach that’s like, ‘Oh, he was simply making a joke,’ or ‘Oh, it’s efficiency artwork,’” she mentioned. 

However Brown, who lately attended an Eras Tour live performance, mentioned to some extent the discourse round Healy is annoying as a result of it detracts from the enjoyable of Swift’s music. 

“I’m only a fan of Taylor Swift,” she mentioned. “I don’t know what he mentioned that was proper or fallacious or any of that. I feel a part of what’s turn out to be irritating is that I simply wish to take heed to her music, and I simply wish to be a fan.”

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