Nevertheless, she persisted. An Editorial.

Just breathe, Taylor Nation.

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The jury is in. Taylor Swift was awarded her counter-claim for assault and battery. She will receive her symbolic $1 dollar. Mueller’s claim against Andrea Swift and Frank Bell was denied. The jury deliberated for 4 hours to reach that verdict. A victory, bittersweet as sexual assault victories are, means a lot more than just that dollar.

Taylor’s very aware of the ramifications, as she says in her statement:

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.

I acknowledge the privilege that I benefit from in life, in society and in my ability to shoulder the enormous cost of defending myself in a trial like this. My hope is to help those whose voices should also be heard. Therefore, I will be making donations in the near future to multiple organizations that help sexual assault victims defend themselves.

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As it has been pointed out by several people in comment sections around this topic, you don’t have to like Taylor Swift or her music. Nobody deserves to be sexually assaulted. Yes, there are other people that symbolize the struggle that victims of sexual assault encounter when trying to bring their perpetrators to justice.

I’m not trying to rally the troops here. There was no conviction in this case. Mueller has to pay a dollar. He has, however, been judged by a jury as guilty of assault and battery – that will follow him for life. And yet, to get to this point where a privileged, protected and powerful young woman was almost forced to pay $3M to her own attacker – I don’t have to say alleged anymore – she had to go to civil court and withstand cross examination with the world watching.

Small victory, that seems it should’ve been over sooner. Now imagine someone without the means, without the media attention, and with less resources fighting an even more upscale battle. The odds don’t seem fair, do they?

Sexual assault, battery, rape and any forms of violence are wrong. It’s not about boys being boys, it’s not women asking for it, it’s not because of a short skirt, you never, never assume. You have zero rights to touch a woman without consent. Doesn’t matter who you are, doesn’t matter who she is. She does not deserve it and no man is entitled to sexual favors ever regardless of whatever you’ve seen in a TV ad or in a music video. No means no. But if this is too hard of a concept to grasp, I give you a different one: Unless she says yes, the answer is always no.

Respect.

Words are kinda my thing: Taylor Swift’s best comebacks on the stand.

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(Source: Taylor Swift via Instagram)

Yes, we’re doing this, Taylor Nation.

If there’s something that should be remembered from this trial, is that Taylor has not wavered on her position, her statements or her determination. If there’s something that the media always gets wrong about Taylor Swift, is that they imagine a meek, mild and shy girl barely able to speak up. The Sparkly Dressed can go on the defensive, sharp as a tack, when cornered.

I’m aware that the following comebacks or statements have already been compiled by such sites as Vulture and Glamour. I just need my own compilation here so there’s a place to find them if you’re ever looking for them again.

These are a compilation of Taylor Swift’s comebacks and statements during her cross-examination as she took the stand on August 10, 2017:

  • Taylor had previously said she was distressed after the incident, but didn’t want the upset the other fans who had been waiting hours for the Meet & Greet. Mueller’s attorney, Gabe McFarland, suggests Taylor could’ve taken a break after the incident if she was distressed. Taylor’s reply was: “And your client could’ve taken a normal photo with me.”
  • McFarland also tried to assign guilt to Taylor’s bodyguard, Greg Dent. Taylor responded with: “I’m critical of your client sticking his hand under my skirt and grabbing my ass.”
  • McFarland pointed out Swift was closer to Shannon Melcher’s Mueller then girlfriend. At that point Taylor reminded the lawyer she’s not confused about who’s hand latched onto her: “Yes, she did not have her hand on my ass.”
  • McFarland also stated there’s nothing explicitly obvious happening in the picture. Taylor said, “Gabe, this is a photo of him with his hand up my skirt — with his hand on my ass. You can ask me a million questions – I’m never going to say anything different. I never have said anything different.”
  • McFarland also asked why Taylor’s skirt doesn’t show any signs of being displaced in the front. Taylor’s comeback: “Because my ass is located in the back of my body.”
  • Regarding a statement by Mueller saying he made contact with what appeared to be a rib or the rib cage. Taylor’s reaction: “He did not touch my rib, he did not touch my hand, he grabbed my bare ass.”
  • The defense asked if she was open to the possibility it wasn’t Mueller who supposedly grabbed her. Taylor’s reply: “He had a handful of my ass. I know it was him.”
  • After McFarland asked why nobody else saw Mueller grabbing “a handful of ass” as Taylor herself had stated. Taylor’s reply: “The only person who would have a direct eye line is someone laying underneath my skirt, and we didn’t have anyone positioned there.”
  • McFarland asked Taylor if she thinks Mueller got what he deserved. Taylor said: “I don’t feel anything about Mr. Mueller. I don’t know him.”
  • McFarland asked Taylor if she had any feelings about Mueller losing his job because of the incident. Taylor’s reply: “I’m not going to let you or your client make me feel in any way that this is my fault. Here we are years later, and I’m being blamed for the unfortunate events of his life that are the product of his decisions, not mine.”

Now, some have said that these comebacks are a bit insolent to say in court. It’s being said another person on the stand would have come across as impertinent and disrespectful to the court. Arguably, only someone like Taylor Swift would get away with saying these, right? Not quite.

I’m going to argue a different counter point. Taylor Swift is a perceived pop star princess, millionaire, influential personality and popular celebrity who every brand would through its most lucrative deal to have her name and her face as the spokeswoman of their product. Taylor Swift could not have behaved any less than imposing while on the stand. She had to display emotion and defiance on the stand because she’s perceived as being Taylor Swift. Otherwise it would seem she’s playing the victim, regretting it or making it up. She wasn’t. She was showing restraint but at the same time, with a glint of fire in her eyes.

Taylor was already a victim of this man once. She was on the stand because she had no intention of being a victim again.

The judge has already thrown Mueller’s case against Taylor out of court. The jury will decide on the cases of Mueller against Andrea Swift and Frank Bell, radio manager, who Mueller also accuses of getting him fired. Taylor’s counter-suit for the symbolic amount of $1 will also be decided by jury. The court reconvenes on Monday, August 14.

(Sources: @Clayton_SandellVultureGlamour)

Review Corner: Liz Huett – STFU and Hold Me

lizhuett_2017-Aug-07Sour candy and whiskey, Huett fans.

Liz Huett has finally revealed her new single “STFU and Hold Me” and a new stage in her career begins. She’s been teasing us with new music for what feels like an age, but she has not been slacking on the job. Her effort pays off in a ballad that is both gentle and sassy. This ballad is less saccharine and more sour candy and whiskey.

That’s kind of Liz’s image in a nutshell. She’s going for the main spotlight now, but she’s not leaving herself behind. The song works as both a more direct approach to a relationship and as a simple advice to anybody who’s debating whether she’s headliner material.

The candid language is just a more realistic way of cutting through the all the red tape. Relationships are messy and sometimes words get in the way. It also makes me think this is a way in which Liz is defining where and when that song should be sing. I don’t think morning shows will get why there’s a swear word thrown in there, but a real couple in a real grown-up relationship will understand a lot better. Not everything comes with an instruction manual.

The song works in melody and harmony for a solo singer with key backup points, but I wouldn’t mind hearing it unplugged. It is not overproduced, and there are no bells or whistles getting in the way of Liz’ clear voice. I think she has a solid first single of what I hope is an upcoming album. Even as a standalone, it’s worth a top spot on your playlist.

Watch on YouTube

You can catch “STFU and Hold Me” on its several platforms here.

News Update: Liz Huett drops a new single tomorrow!

It’s about to go down.

The beautiful and talented Liz is coming out with new music! Not only that, it comes with apparently a whole lot of attitude. Jaws will drop, hearts with break, eyes will widen and that single is going to soar.

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(Source: Liz Huett via Twitter)

She’s even shared a few tidbits that imply the song will show up with a music video. We’re finally going to see what she’s been working on, starting with this song called STFU and Hold Me. Something tells me this is less of a romantic ballad and more of a stab in the heart. There’s a certain aggression in those looks. Or am I imagining things?

We shall see.

I’ve still got a lot of fight left in me. An Editorial.

I think there’s enough bricks for two castles, Taylor Nation. We can even build a swimming pool in the back with a gazebo at this point.

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Okey, facts first.

During the Red Tour in Denver, back in 2013, DJ David Mueller and his girlfriend attended a photo op with Taylor Swift. While posing for the photo, Mueller allegedly (yes, I have to put that in there) put his hand up Taylor’s skirt and groped her. Taylor’s management was notified and he was banned from her concerts for life. No criminal charges were filed. Several days after the incident, Mueller lost his job at KYGO-FM radio.

Mueller is sued Taylor Swift for 3 million dollars in damages in 2015. Mueller claims that it was his former boss, Eddie Haskell, who groped Swift. A month later, she counter sued… for $1. She’s literally counter suing for the principle of it all, not for money. This is not a criminal case. This is civil court.

The former DJ also claims he had audio recordings of the conversations with his former employers regarding the incident which result in him being fired. The audio recordings were lost because Mueller allegedly (see, it works against you too) drop coffee on his laptop, drop water on his other laptop and lost a backup in his external hard drive due to a malfunction. Mueller has admitted there were conversations about his position in the radio station that started before the incident.

That’s what you need to know. The rest below is my very partial opinion so feel free to ignore it.

T will survive. I fear sometimes she thinks the world has seen too much of her. So she sequesters herself, and somehow still ends in the public eye. She’s literally being pulled back into the spotlight because of a civil suit filed by the person who allegedly… Why don’t we believe victims of sexual assault and harassment?

The Sparkly Dressed is going to court. There are details in the media, but I really detest the way it gets reported. Regardless of outcome, she will survive. It would mean much more if she wins. She’s literally counter-suing for 1$. It’s the principle. She wants to set an example. She didn’t bring this to court, but there’s no fucking way she’s going to just give this guy compensation. Taylor didn’t get him fired. He got fired himself.

I didn’t want to comment on this one. I wanted to stay in the sidelines and not have to read – or write – anything on this. I know you probably feel the same way. If you think you’re already tired about hearing about this incident, imagine how Taylor feels. She’s now having to keep those details fresh in her mind because she will have to relive it when she takes the stand herself. She’s no longer doing this for herself, but for other women. However, she will be doing it by herself.

To quote the Georgia Satellites, “don’t feed me no lines and keep your hands to yourself.”