The longstanding feud between Taylor Swift and talent manager Scooter Braun, ignited in 2019 when he acquired the rights to her master recordings, continues to make headlines. In a recent turn of events, Taylor Swift's close collaborator and dear friend, Jack Antonoff, injected a touch of humor into the situation with a lighthearted online gesture.
On August 27th, 39-year-old Antonoff took to his Instagram Story to share a cleverly crafted meme inspired by the popular Sims game. The meme, subtly shaded toward Braun, featured a female character engrossed in front of a computer screen, while a baby engulfed in flames sat nearby.
Atop the image were the words, "Not now sweetie, mommy is trying to figure out why Ariana Grande, Demi Lovato, and Idina Menzel just fired Scooter Braun as their manager."
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Accompanying the meme, Antonoff humorously added a link to his band Bleachers' acclaimed "Live at Radio City Music Hall" LP.
Despite the light-heartedness of the post, neither Antonoff nor the 42-year-old Braun have chosen to publicly address the social media exchange. This jest arrives in the wake of a series of high-profile departures from Braun's clientele.
Recent reports confirmed Ariana Grande's decision to professionally sever ties with the embattled talent manager, a move swiftly followed by Demi Lovato's similar decision. Notably, Idina Menzel also ended her professional association with Braun earlier in the year, as reported by The Hollywood Reporter.
Amid these shifts, rumors of Justin Bieber, a longtime Braun client, also parting ways have circulated, despite no official confirmation. Bieber, who was famously discovered by Braun on YouTube at the age of 13, could potentially add to the list of stars distancing themselves from Braun.
Meanwhile, Taylor Swift's own discord with Braun traces back to 2019 when he acquired the rights to her prized master recordings. Swift expressed her frustration in a poignant Tumblr post, stating, "Scooter has stripped me of my life’s work, that I wasn’t given an opportunity to buy.
Essentially, my musical legacy is about to lie in the hands of someone who tried to dismantle it." In response, Swift initiated the process of re-recording her first six albums in a determined bid to regain control over her creative work following Braun's controversial sale of the masters for over $300 million in 2020.