Taylor Swift is a controversial pop artist, whether you love her or hate her. Known for drama and songs that rock the charts, Swift tends to shy away from being in the limelight for sensitive issues.
Though Swift always defends her stance on being a proud feminist, some would criticize and say that she doesn't necessarily practice what she preaches. That's why when she fired her friend and backup dancer Toshi today over misogynistic Instagram stories, the internet blew up.
Taylor Swift fires long-time backup dancer Toshi for inappropriate and misogynistic posts on Instagram. pic.twitter.com/hoEeJqsVMQ— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) May 29, 2018
Her backup dancer Kim Davidson, known as Toshi, was posting questionable Instagram stories featuring sexist memes. One depicted a "starter kit" for how to get women into the woods, while another made a joke out of unsafe sex. Not only was Toshi a long-standing part of Swifts dance team, he previously got attention when a GoFundMe for his sick nephew. This was the same campaign that Swift donated $50K to.
It's safe to say that Swift fans are angry, but women who aren't fans of the singer are even taking a stand against Toshi's sexist jokes. Many have taken to Twitter to share their disgust with the dancer.
Can you even fathom @taylorswift13 hiring you AND giving you $50k for your sick nephew and then disrespecting women and sexual assualt as if pouring salt in her wounds? Like yikes Toshi. You did something bad.— Kelli- REP Detroit 123:4:21 (@serpentswift) May 29, 2018
Wow just read about Toshi. Since @taylorswift13 is the nicest person on Earth, I’m sure she’s upset it came to this. It goes to show how important it is for her to be a good role model for her fans.— SaintLouisSwifties🌈 (@LouisSwifties) May 29, 2018
So disappointed in @taylorswift13's dancer, Toshi. RAPE jokes are never cool or funny. Misogyny isn't entertaining either. Really wish he'd just delete instead of defending it. I don't think Taylor or @scottborchetta would be impressed. cc: @taylornation13 pic.twitter.com/VfPIbRof2V— 🐝Sangria Wine🍷 (@MilasFunsuckers) May 26, 2018
Swift clearly took action, as we now know that Toshi has been let go from her dance team. It's unclear whether the two are still maintaining a friendship after this decision.
Since the news has broken Toshi has made his social media account private. All we can hope for now is that he has learned his lesson and will never question female power again, especially Swifts.