YIKES!: The Internet is Accusing Taylor Swift of Only Collaborating with Ice Spice As Damage Control for Her Alleged Racist Boyfriend

Aside from the collab just not being good, apparently fans aren’t buying into it for a few other reasons as well… with some even calling the entire thing a PR stunt in effort to clean up a mess made by Swift’s rumored boyfriend.

Taylor Swift’s love life is seemingly always in the spotlight for some reason, but reports this month that she’s dating the 1975’s Matty Healy is especially raising some eyebrows, as is her surprise announcement that she’ll collaborate with rapper Ice Spice on the deluxe version of her ‘Midnights’ album. The main issue most have is with Healy’s appearance on The Adam Friedland Show back in January, during which Healy and the two hosts, Friedland and Nick Mullen, laughed while speculating about the ethnicity of Ice Spice, who’s said to be African American and Dominican. Friedland and Mullen referred to Spice as an “Inuit spice girl” and a “chubby Chinese lady.” The co-hosts also mocked Chinese and Hawaiian accents, a bit that Healy seemed to enjoy.

The problematic podcast episode was later pulled from both Apple and Spotify. That wasn’t the only controversy Healy stirred up during the interview. He also joked about masturbating to a video of a woman “getting, like, brutalized” on Ghetto Gaggers, an adult website that mostly features Black women.

Months later, Healy somewhat apologized, admitting onstage during a performance he “can take it too far sometimes in front of too many people.” The singer added in April: “I don’t want Ice Spice to think I’m a d***. I love you, Ice Spice. I’m so sorry.”

So whatever Swift and Healy’s exact relationship is, some fans are upset and tweeting with the hashtag #SpeakUpNow, promoting a letter circulating the internet that calls for Swift to address the situation.

While Swift hasn’t commented on whether she is dating Healy, some fans are already upset that she hasn’t publicly condemned any of his problematic behavior. Swift was criticized for years about staying largely silent on politics. The news of an upcoming collab with Spice didn’t help, and it prompted comments that it was a PR move. Especially considering Swift has never worked with a female rapper in her entire career, on top of the fact that their styles couldn’t be more different so many wondered about the reason for the choice in the first place.

Plenty of fans have taken Swift’s silence around Healy’s comments as endorsement of his behavior — and her choice to collaborate with a woman Healy publicly downed is not doing much to change that thought. “Taylor Swift failing to address the racist comments Matt Healy made towards Ice Spice and then finding a way to profit off of her with a new collab is a text book example of white woman feminism. It’s convenient, manipulative and continues to shield and protect white men,” one Twitter user said.

Take a look at some of the feedback for yourself and let us know your thoughts. Do you agree this was a convenience move for PR or could Taylor genuinely just really like Ice Spice?

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