Every Wednesday at noon, Ryan Schleicher, Evan Rytlewski, and Matt Wild take to the WMSE airwaves to discuss all things Milwaukee. This half-hour fun-fest is called The Disclaimer, so named because none of the oft-ridiculous views expressed on the show necessarily reflect the views of the hosts’ employers. Milwaukee music, Milwaukee art, Milwaukee events, and D.I.Y. lawn care tips are frequently discussed—and rarely agreed upon. The Disclaimer: Talk radio for the sane.
Okay. So. Last month, on a blog called PopFront, writer Meghan Herning published a piece entitled “Swiftly to the alt-right: Taylor Swift subtly gets the lower case ‘kkk’ in formation with ‘Look What You Made me Do.'” Apparently, neo-Nazis are big Taylor Swift fans, and they’ve been reading all kinds of awful, white supremacist garbage into her lyrics. Per Herning, lines like “I don’t like your kingdom keys / They once belonged to me / You asked me for a place to sleep / Locked me out and threw a feast” are clearly about white anger and white supremacy (and not, you know, about Taylor Swift). Swift, Herning concludes, must decisively come out against white supremacy. Which is not what Taylor Swift did—instead, her lawyers sent Herning a threatening letter demanding she retract the piece. Sheesh.
Okay. So. What’s the deal here? Ryan, Evan, and Matt discuss the entire mess, as well as Papa John’s, Kanye West, Beck, and Weezer. Oh, and the fact that 1989 is infinitely better than Reputation.