The 29-year-old singer had had an almost 10-year feud with the famous couple culminating in a row in 2016 over a line in Kanye’s song ‘Famous’, where he says of Swift: “'I made that b*tch famous.'"
It was subsequently claimed Swift had consented to the lyric being included in the song.
Now, in her Vogue cover interview, she has opened up about the high-profile falling out, which saw her at the receiving end of trolling from Kimye’s fans.
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She dubbed it as “mass public shaming”, and said it felt like she was being told, “Kill yourself”.
“A mass public shaming, with millions of people saying you are quote-unquote canceled, is a very isolating experience,” she told the publication.
“I don’t think there are that many people who can actually understand what it’s like to have millions of people hate you very loudly.”
“When you say someone is canceled, it’s not a TV show. It’s a human being. You’re sending mass amounts of messaging to this person to either shut up, disappear, or it could also be perceived as, Kill yourself.”
Being “cancelled”, or “cancel culture”, is “the practice of no longer supporting people, especially celebrities, or products that are regarded as unacceptable or problematic,” according to Macmillan Dictionary, a crowd-sourced open definition platform.
Examples of high-profile celebrities who have been “cancelled” include those accused of sexual misconduct by the #MeToo movement, including Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein.
However, the likes of Swift have since shed light on the negative effects cancel culture can have.
Singer Katy Perry – who earlier this year ended another public feud with Swift – has also spoken about this topic.
“We need to hold ourselves and others accountable, and we need to offer kindness,” she said in a speech at the DVF Awards in April 2019.
“Instead of perpetuating ‘cancel culture,’ where we’re constantly playing the shame game, why don’t we work toward conversation culture that lets us practice compassion, empathy, and support?”