The pop version of Marmite, Taylor Swift, has divided people over the last few years.
From the media's obsession with her love life, to her sometimes questionable brand of feminism, people always have something to say about Taylor. But surprisingly, people have been quite quiet around Swift the last few weeks. Swift has been fighting DJ David Mueller who Swift alleged groped her during a meet and greet.
Mueller sued Swift on the basis that her claims had lost him his job. Swift counter-sued seeking damages for the assault - damages of $1.
Yesterday the news broke that Swift won her case and was awarded her - more symbolic - sum of damages. And nobody had anything to say.
Last year, when Ke$ha was in the midst of a horrific sexual abuse trial with producer Dr. Luke, celebrities were gushing with their support - and rightly so. The singer was subjected to a gruelling trial where she had to relive and rehash details of abuse that ran over the course of several years.
Taylor Swift, in particular, rather than send a Tweet, donated a sizeable $250,000 dollars to Ke$ha to cover ay financial needs at that time. But this wasn't good enough for some feminist celebs, with Demi Lovato calling her out, implying that she wasn't doing enough to support Ke$ha.
Yet when Swift was faced in a similar situation, having to face someone who abused and harrassed her everyday, in court, people were silent.
And when it was announced yesterday that she had won, I saw no congratulations online. That's not to say that support may not have been expressed privately, of course it could have, but it seems odd that Swift, who throughout this whole trial was advocating for those in a similar situation, did not receive any support from her fellow celebrities, bar a Tweet yesterday from Ke$ha herself.
Swift counter-sued a single dollar. She didn't want money, what she wanted was a result. To show victims of sexual abuse that it can be done, they can report the attack. They can face their attacker in court, and more importantly, they can win.
Swift herself kept relatively quiet throughout the trial, until she released a statement to E! News yesterday.
"I want to thank Judge William J. Martinez and the jury for their careful consideration. My attorneys Doug Baldridge, Danielle Foley, Jay Schaudies and Katie Wright for fighting for me and anyone who feels silenced by a sexual assault, and especially anyone who offered their support throughout this four-year ordeal and two-year long trial process.