Right, so last summer, Taylor Swift accused a radio DJ named David Mueller of groping her during a “pre-concert meet and greet,” and as a result, he was immediately fired from KYGO Radio.
So, as a result, this man sued Swift.
Claiming “one of his superiors” was the one who groped Taylor, Mueller hid behind the “you ruined my life by mistaking me for another person” defence. But guess what: Taylor Swift doesn’t take any shit, and she’s now counter-suing him for being an idiot.
Or, more specifically, she’s suing him for groping her, full stop.
“Mueller’s newfound claim that he is ‘the wrong guy’ and, therefore, his termination from KYGO was unjustified, is specious,” Swift’s attorneys wrote in their counterclaim, according to Page Six. “Ms. Swift knows exactly who committed the assault — it was Mueller.”
And Mueller didn’t even just cop a feel — dude (allegedly) lifted her skirt up, in addition to brushing his hand up against her, and now his attorneys aren’t available for comment.
Swift’s asking for a jury in the trial, and has reportedly also said that any money she wins from the case will be donated to charitable organizations “dedicated to protecting women from similar acts of sexual assault and personal disregard.”
Which is really great, let’s be real.
But here’s something that isn’t great: men thinking they can touch women whenever they want. They can’t. If you are a man and you are reading this, think of every woman being incased with an impenetrable bubble (like The Boy in the Bubble, if that makes it easier), so the closest you can get is a friendly “hello.” Touching women you don’t know is weird. Being overly familiar is weird. Commenting on how a woman looks is weird. Basically, treating women the way you would never, ever treat a man is weird. And gross. It’s weird and gross that a DJ touched Taylor Swift as if that’s something he thought he could do. And frankly, he deserves to get sued because every man who acts this way should be. (Yes, I said it.)
So, regardless of Swift feelings re: her music or squad or whatever, let’s raise our alleluia Emoji hands in the air in celebration of her counter-action. A lot of girls pay attention to what the singer says and does, and if they see her issuing a “HELL NO” to some groper freak, they might have the guts to do the same in their own way. It took me about 25 years to start standing up to weird men, and I would’ve loved to have been in a place where I could’ve done it sooner.