WASHINGTON — Look what you made us do, senators.
Tuesday’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing into Ticketmaster’s disastrous sale of Taylor Swift was full of awkward moments as “fearless” lawmakers made repeated references to the superstar when they “really should have said no”.
Although the hearing touched on serious allegations that Ticketmaster monopolized the industry after it merged with LiveNation in 2010, several lawmakers simply couldn’t leave an “empty space” where a T-Swift pun could fit.
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Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) kicked off the hearing with a reference to one of the most popular songs from Swift’s 2012 album, “Red,” to illustrate the principles of capitalism.
“All Too Well” was first released over a decade ago, but gained popularity again last year when Swift released a 10-minute version with never-before-seen lyrics. Swifties insists the song is about the artist’s brief romance with movie star Jake Gyllenhaal.
Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) returned to Swift’s sophomore album, “Fearless,” for his questionable — and misquoted — joke about returning to the Competition Policy, Antitrust and consumer rights as a ranking member after Republicans failed to win a Senate majority in the midterm elections.
Lee’s comment was referencing Swift’s song “You Belong With Me,” whose lyrics go in part: “She wears short skirts/I wear t-shirts/She’s a cheer captain, and I’m on bleachers. »
Giving his take on a proposal that lawmakers would ban ticket buyers from transferring their ducats to others in order to crack down on scalpers, Lee shamelessly referenced the lyrics to “Blank Space” from Swift’s fifth album, “1989”.
“But you’ll come back every time you leave / Cause, honey, I’m a nightmare dressed like a daydream,” Swift sings in the 2017 hit.
In Lee’s third and final Swift-themed sarcasm at the hearing, he admitted his witticisms were inspired by his teenage daughter. In the remark to LiveNation CEO Joe Berchtold, the senator used the refrain of “Karma” to chastise the company for its seemingly monopolistic practices.
“Karma” appears on Swift’s tenth album, “Midnights,” which was released last year.
Growing weary of Berchtold’s reluctance to take responsibility for the ticket sales fiasco, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) referenced Swift’s “Anti-Hero” lyrics to suggest Ticketmaster Admit his wrongs after blaming high demand, ticket resellers and bots. for last fall’s debacle.
“It’s me, hi. I’m the problem, I’m me,” Swift sings in the chorus of “Anti-Hero,” the most popular song from her latest album, “Midnights.”
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) appeared to refer to Swift’s sixth album, “Reputation,” while noting how the hearing united Republicans and Democrats on ticket sales and the antitrust issue.
“We are in a new Congress the chance to start over and move forward, hopefully productively,” he added, without Swift references. “I think this hearing today represents the best of the committee.”