Jen Juneau
December 16, 2015 11:02 am

Taylor Swift is continuously lauded for how amazing she is, whether it’s due to her music, style, generous spirit, business acumen, or one of her other 394,283 positive qualities. But with spotlight comes challenges, as Swift has probably realized considering she is sometimes at the center of controversy; notably, she was recently accused of stealing some of her “Shake It Off” lyrics from a lesser-known artist – a case that was thrown out ceremoniously by the coolest judge that ever existed.

And now, unfortunately, she is under fire again. New Orleans-based artist Ally Burguieres has taken to social media to claim that Swift has used some of her artwork without her permission to promote her album 1989 – specifically, a fox print Burguieres sells on her website to promote “I Know Places,” which Swift posted on Instagram on Halloween last year but has since been removed.

In retaliation of the incident, Burguieres posted a letter on Swift’s Facebook wall this past Friday, detailing what transpired and how she felt slighted by the actions of Swift’s team.

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In response, a spokesperson for Swift gave the following statement to BuzzFeed News, which paints a slightly different picture from Burguieres’:

Two days ago, Burguieres took to Facebook again to follow up regarding the statement.

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Eesh. Between compensation (and whether it must be a charitable donation), proper credit, and contact accessibility, there are certainly a lot of pieces to this puzzle. The only thing we know for sure at this point is that an artist wants to be credited for her work in a way she believes is fair, and considering how much artists struggle to do this every day, we can’t say we blame Burguieres for fighting for that.

We love Swift so much, and given her past actions and emphasis on preserving art and giving credit where it’s due, we’re confident she’ll do what’s right in listening to and helping a fellow creative mind. We support both these women wholeheartedly, and hope they can find a fair and harmonious solution.

(Image via Big Machine Records.)

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