Fact Check

Does an Image Show Taylor Swift Hawking an Electric Burner?

An image of the pop icon got edited as a joke.

Published Dec. 17, 2020

NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - AUGUST 26: Taylor Swift attends the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards at Prudential Center on August 26, 2019 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for MTV) ( Dia Dipasupil / Getty Images)
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Taylor Swift posed with a Midea electric burner in an ad for Chinese marketplace Taobao.

In mid-December 2020, some social media users shared a realistic-looking image mocked up to look like pop music icon Taylor Swift had moonlighted as an electric burner saleswoman for an ad on the Chinese online marketplace Taobao:

To be clear, this is not an image of Swift posing with a Midea electric burner. The image was altered as a joke, and as journalist Tony Lin pointed out on Twitter, editing Swift's image with different products became a meme.

The original picture, as Lin also explained, showed Swift holding up her Apple Music Award, which she won for "Songwriter of the Year" in November 2020. The altered image was created as a joke by Chinese internet users and was never a real ad.

As it turns out, the Midea electric burner does indeed resemble an Apple Music Award.

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