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Scooter Braun doesn't know good guys don't need the Good Guy Defense

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22.11.2019

Early on Friday morning (or possibly very late on Thursday night), Scooter Braun, a music executive whose name has become irremediably associated with Taylor Swift’s, published a long open letter addressed to the pop star. In it, he responded to allegations voiced by Swift last week, when she accused Braun and another man of barring her from using her own music. Braun said that Swift’s accusations had resulted in death threats against him and his family, expressed the wish to resolve his ongoing dispute with Swift, and insisted that she was, in fact, allowed to use her own music (more on that later).

One thing is clear: death threats are terrifying, traumatising, and unacceptable. I have received them before. Friends of friends have, too, and seeing them in this woefully upsetting situation made my blood boil – as it should. Swift herself is well versed in the effects of this kind of toxic behaviour, having disclosed that she started carrying army-grade bandage dressings (for stab wounds or gunshots) because “a lot of stalkers show up to [her] house armed”.

The death threats, however, only make up for part of Braun’s missive. And if Braun’s letter teaches us anything, it’s that it’s possible to feel genuinely for someone going through something as distressing as death threats and disagree with them on just about everything they’ve chosen to convey.

Sharing the full story, not just the headlines

Let’s begin at the beginning. In June 2019, Swift said she was “sad and grossed out” after Scooter Braun acquired her former label, Big Machine, with whom Swift released her first six albums (out of a total of seven, so, yes, her........

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