Taylor Swift Fans Doxx Pitchfork Writer Over Positive 'folklore' Review

by Kevin Schattenkirk

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Friday July 31, 2020

Pop superstar Taylor Swift surprise announced her new studio album "folklore" on July 23rd, and then released it digitally the next day. Over the last week, Swift's eighth album has rightfully received glowing reviews — an A-grade from Entertainment Weekly, a perfect 5-star (out of 5) review from The Guardian, and a 4.5-star (out of 5) assessment from Rolling Stone.

It was a review by Pitchfork that apparently did not sit well — a carefully considered and thoughtfully articulated piece that awarded 'folklore' an 8 (out of 10) score, with only minor criticism.

Consequently, as The Daily Beast reports, Swift's fans have since doxxed, harassed, and threatened the Pitchfork author.

Vice contends that fan outrage is spurred by the score 'folklore' will now receive on Metacritic, a review aggregator site, that gives a generally (and problematically) weighted score to albums based on an average that isn't clearly articulated.

Swift — who has addressed the harm of being bullied — has yet to publicly comment on the harassment and threats against the Pitchfork author.

Kevin Schattenkirk is an ethnomusicologist and pop music aficionado.

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