Senators drop Taylor Swift’s cringe-worthy puns at Ticketmaster hearing

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.

Ahead of “Shake It Off,” The Post compiled the most bizarre Swift screams from the audience. Are you ready for this?

Senators made repeated puns on Taylor Swift during a Senate court hearing.

“To have a strong capitalist system, you have to have competition. You can’t have too much consolidation – something that unfortunately for this country, as an ode to Taylor Swift, I’ll say we know “Too well”.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.).

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.

“I really look forward to continuing my service on the Antitrust Subcommittee with Senator Klobuchar as Chairman. To be honest, I had hoped a few months ago to get the mallet back, but then again, she’s “chair captain and I’m on the bleachers.”

Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah)

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.

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Senators accuse Ticketmaster of monopolizing the industry after merging with LiveNation in 2010.

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. »

“A lot of people seem to think that’s kind of a solution; I think it’s “a nightmare dressed as a daydream”.

Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah)

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.

Live Nation Entertainment, Inc. President and Chief Financial Officer Joe Berchtold, SeatGeek, Inc. President and CEO Jack Groetzinger, Jam Productions LLC President, CEO and President Jerry Mickelson, Senior Vice President, James Madison Institute Sal Nuzzo, Vice President of the American Antitrust Institute For Legal Advocacy Kathleen Bradish and singer-songwriter Clyde Lawrence.
Senator Richard Blumenthal suggests that Ticketmaster admit its flaws after blaming high demand, ticket resellers and bots for last fall’s debacle.

“I have to throw in – out of deference to my daughter Eliza – another Taylor Swift quote, ‘Karma is a relaxing thought. Aren’t you envious of yourself, aren’t you?'”

Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah)

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.

“May I suggest, respectfully, that Ticketmaster should look in the mirror and say, ‘I’m the problem. It’s me.'”

Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.)

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.

Senator Amy Klobuchar
Senator Amy Klobuchar kicked off the hearing with a reference to Taylor Swift’s “All Too Well.”

“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.”

“We have a ‘reputation’ for fighting amongst ourselves… but we also have a ‘reputation’ for being able to solve the nation’s problems.

-Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC)

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.”

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