Fact Check

Did Taylor Swift Say 'We Should Remove the Statue of Liberty'?

No, but there was definitely bad blood between the pop singer and a different monument.

Published July 2, 2020

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Claim:
Taylor Swift said "We should remove the Statue of Liberty."

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In early July 2020, readers searched the Snopes website to find out whether pop music star Taylor Swift had called for the Statue of Liberty in New York City to be removed. Swift said no such thing, and claims that she did appear to be a hoax.

Some social media users shared an image that appears to show a doctored headline from Brazilian news outlet G1 containing the fake quote, along with a misspelled subheading:

taylor swift statue of liberty


Swift did not make the above-displayed statement. But she did say that statues honoring racist historical figures in her home state of Tennessee should be removed.

In Twitter and Instagram posts published on June 12, 2020, Swift criticized efforts to reinstate or protect monuments depicting Edward Carmack, a white newspaper editor who wrote pro-lynching editorials, and Nathan Bedford Forrest, a Klansman and Confederate general.

"As a Tennessean, it makes me sick that there are monuments standing in our state that celebrate racist historical figures who did evil things," Swift wrote. "Edward Carmack and Nathan Bedford Forrest were DESPICABLE figures in our state history and should be treated as such."

Swift's comments came amid a widespread movement to remove monuments to racist historical figures, which followed nationwide protests against racism and police violence over the death of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man whose death in the custody of Minneapolis police was filmed by a bystander and went viral, sparking outrage.

Because Swift did not call for the removal of the Statue of Liberty, which was a gift from France to the United States in the 19th century, but instead called on Tennessee to remove statues of racist figures, we rate this claim "False."

Sources

Williams, Chris. "Taylor Swift Says Racist Monuments ‘Make Me Sick,’ Demands Tennessee Remove KKK Leader’s Statue."   Variety. 12 June 2020.

Helean, Jack. "Dolly Parton Statue May Replace KKK Leader Monument at the Tennessee Capitol."   WBMA. 12 June 2020.

Rankin, Sarah and David Cray. "Historical Monuments, Statues Reassessed Around Globe After George Floyd's Death."   Associated Press. 12 June 2020.

Bethania Palma is a journalist from the Los Angeles area who has been working in the news industry since 2006.

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