Taylor Swift fans harassed Pitchfork’s editor following her review of the star’s new album, which, though positive, wasn’t sparkling enough.
On Monday Pitchfork’s senior editor Jillian Mapes published a review of the singer’s eighth album Folklore, and hours later was bombarded with angry messages on social media where crazed fans tweeted out her address, phone number and photos of her home and herself.
However, Mapes’s review gave Swift’s album an eight out of 10 rating and praised it as ‘a sweater-weather record filled with cinematic love songs and rich fictional details.’
The review wasn’t positive enough for fans who harassed the writer even though the score wasn’t her own, it was determined by the ratings of multiple staffers.
Die-hard fans proceeded to dox the editor, threaten to burn her home, and send her ‘hexing’ tweets paired with satanic images of Swift.
One tweet paired with a demonic image of Swift was written in the Ethiopian language Amharic saying: ‘Anyone who comes after the Dark Queen, Taylor Swift, dies alone and will be burned forever. You will be filled with your dark fears and demons. You will never be happy and sleep well again.’
Mapes has even been targeted with death threats on and off the internet, including late-night threatening phone calls to her cell phone.
Some of those calls came in around two in the morning, just an hour after her review was published online.
Mapes tweeted Tuesday she’s received ‘more Twitter threats to roll up and harm me than I could stomach to go through.’
‘I’ve gotten too many emails saying some version of, “you are an ugly fat bitch who is clearly jealous of Taylor, plz die,” which is not the first time I’ve heard that from pop stans…’ she said.
‘It sucks to be scared of every person milling about outside or feel like you can’t answer the phone. That said, I am safe and doing fine,’ she added.
She’s now made her Twitter account private.
The Swift fans fixated much of their attack on concern over the album’s Metacritic score which as of Thursday sat at 89.
Swift stans have similarly gone after other music journalist reviews of the album.
One fan responded to a tweet of the New York Times review of the album saying: ‘Uhmn huns this article is BIASED, written by someone who clearly stated that he’s a pop critic and also gave the lowest rating. I say delete this and the rating before your credibility goes in the gutter.’
The piece, written by pop critic Jon Caramanica, led him to receive a barrage of threats threatening violence.
‘If the Metacritic score falls, you’ll be dealth with,’ one fan wrote.
‘I know your address. Lemme plan smthn,’ another wrote.
Music writer for Junkee Joseph Earl also faced backlash from fans, despite his positive review for the album, which he praised as ‘one of the best albums of her career.’
This isn’t the first time ‘Swifties’ have come out in full force to defend the singer.
Swift wielded the power of her following during her battle with Big Machine Label Group CEO Scott Borchetta and Ithica Holdings CEO Scooter Braun last year.
Braun announced it acquired Big Machine in a reportedly $300million acquisition.
The move outraged Swift as Big Machine retained ownership of her first six albums, saying she was ‘sad and grossed out’ by the deal due to her bad blood with Braun, specifically his clients Justin Bieber and Kanye West.
Swift urged her followers to ‘let Scott orchetta and Scooter Braun know how you feel’ and fans doxed both men.
Swifties also responded with racial slurs and death threats after comedians Desus and Mero ‘body-shamed’ her by joking she had a ‘very long back’.
Mero said to the Daily Beast at the time: ‘The FBI called my house. Well actually, they called my local precinct… Somebody had sent me a message saying, “I know you have four kids and I know where they go to school.” And I screen-grabbed it and I was like, “I wish you would, mother****er! Come to my house, I got a rusty machete waiting for you.”‘
Swift hasn’t commenting on the harassment facing music journalists or the past incidents with her fans.