Singer Taylor Swift has slammed “toxic male privilege” during her Billboard Woman of the Decade speech.
She accepted the first-ever Woman of the Decade Award at Billboard’s annual Women In Music Event here on Thursday.
Swift, who earned five No. 1 albums along with countless accolades in the decade, acknowledged the evolution of being a woman in the music industry, the good and the bad, reports usatoday.com.
“Lately, there has been a new shift that has affected me personally and that I feel is a potentially harmful force in our industry. And as your resident loud person, I feel the need to bring it up,” Swift said.
The singer addressed her public spat with music executive Scooter Braun, who owns the masters to her first six albums after buying Big Machine Label Group.
“The unregulated world of private equity coming in and buying up our music as if it’s real estate. … This just happened to me without my approval, consultation or consent,” Swift said.
“After I was denied the chance to purchase my music outright, my entire catalogue was sold to Scooter Braun’s Ithaca Holdings.”
Swift said Braun didn’t contact her to discuss the sale before it happened. She feels “fairly certain he knew exactly how I would feel about it”.
“To this day, none of these investors have bothered to contact me … on their investment in me, to ask how I might feel about the new owner of my art,” Swift added. “The music I wrote, the videos I created, the photos of me, my handwriting, my album designs.”
As for the people defending Braun, Swift said: “The definition of the toxic male privilege in our industry is people saying, ‘But he’s always been nice to me’, when I’m raising valid concerns about artistes and their rights to own their music.”
She continued: “Of course (Braun’s) nice to you. If you are in this room, you have something he needs.”
Through the difficult time, Swift said she was uplifted by “the women in our industry who would have my back and show me the most vocal support”.