Taylor Swift has taken to Tumblr again to stick up for a female singer that she admires.
Hayley Kiyoko's debut album, Expectations, is out, and the singer gave an interview in which she mentioned Swift, which didn't sit well with some Swifties.
In the interview with Refinery29, Kiyoko explained:
"I’ve had several music industry execs say 'You’re doing another music video about girls? I literally looked at them and was like, um, yeah… Taylor Swift sings about men in every single song and video, and no one complains that she's unoriginal... I’m not over-sexualizing my music. I make out with women because I love women, not because I’m trying to be sexy. That’s not to turn heads—that’s my life."
While some Swift fans interpreted Kiyoko's words as criticizing Swift, the "Delicate" singer wasn't here for any fake drama.
Taking to Tumblr to stick up for Kiyoko, Swift wrote:
"We should applaud artists who are brave enough to tell their honest romantic narrative through their art, and the fact is that I’ve never encountered homophobia and she has. It’s her right to call out anyone who has double standards about gay vs straight love interests."
In fact, Swift previously defended a musician's right to draw inspiration from their love life, without receiving sexist, or in this case homophobic, critisim. Swift told radio show Jules, Merrick & Sophie (via TIME) in 2014:
"You’re going to have people who are going to say, 'Oh, you know, like, she just writes songs about her ex-boyfriends.' And I think frankly that’s a very sexist angle to take. No one says that about Ed Sheeran. No one says that about Bruno Mars. They’re all writing songs about their exes, their current girlfriends, their love life, and no one raises the red flag there.