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Swastika Guy to Taylor: I'm Sorry!

10/29/2009 4:27 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Taylor & AJThe guy at the core of the Taylor Swift swastika scandal claims it's possible the singer did not see the Nazi symbol on his chest when he pulled her in for a photo the other night.

The shirt-bearer, AJ English, tells TMZ he didn't know Taylor before Katy Perry's party last weekend -- and he's sorry for dragging her into the chaos.

As for why he had a swastika on his shirt in the first place -- English says it started out as an "X" but was "perverted" as the night went on, adding he's "not a racist" and doesn't support the Nazi agenda.


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Rick    

Come on Harvey. This is a "legitimate" story only in the TMZ world. Some people need a good bashing. Taylor is a sweetheart. Ease up on the unnecessary criticism. My guess is she simply isn't aware of how some people feel about what the swastika represents.

1734 days ago
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Barb    

She posed with a fan, not the shirt, grow up!

How do you get rid of posts that are inappropriate? Some of these shouldn't be posted. Unless you print their REAL name.

1734 days ago
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Erik    

Believe it or not, the swastika is not a symbol of hate for millions (if not billions) of people in the world. The ancient Greeks used it thousands of years ago and it is still used in Hinduism and Buddhism. Why should they have to curb their use of a religious symbol just because some white Europeans went on a murderous rampage 70 plus years ago? The Catholic church killed countless people throughout its history and as a result many people have a negative view of the holy cross. Does that mean we should ostracize anyone who dares to wear a crucifix?

1734 days ago
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chris_lerat_1235    

LMAO I LOVE HOW ALL THE MORONS ON HERE ARE CRYING ABOUT THE SWASTIKA. IF YOU MORONS ONLY OPENED YOUR EYES AND REALIZED THE OTHER SYMBOLS YOU GLANCE AT THROUGH YOUR DAY. THE SWASTIKA REPRESENTED THE SUN. BTW ALL YOU OLYMPIC FREAKS DID YOU KNOW HITLER DESIGNED THE OLYMPIC RINGS AND THEY STILL USE THEM TO PROMOTE THE GAMES TODAY? WHY DONT YOU COMPLAINERS COMPLAIN ABOUT THAT.

1734 days ago
140.

Crazy for Harvey...    

AJ English is the new Balloon Boy at Taylor Swifts expense!

1734 days ago
141.

Theresa    

Hey! what about the moron Curb your enthusiasm show that Urinates on a picture of Jesus Christ. It doesnt get any worse then that. Did TMZ even air how outrageously WRONG THAT WAS! HBO SHOULD JUST PULL THAT SHOW OFF THE AIR. TOTAL DISREPECT FOR CHRISTIANS.

1734 days ago
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Tory    

This is pathetic! Who cares if she took the picture with this guy!? does that make her a Nazi?! obviously not. And she is smart enough to know what a Swastika is...she's not an idiot. And the JH does not stand for Jew Hater...it stands for Julianne Hough. They wrote each others initials on each other's clothes at the party!! This shouldn't even be a big deal. It's a picture. honestly grow up and get OVER it.
oh and people DID know who she was before the MTV awards. Her Fearless album is 5x platinum and she was the best selling artist of 2008. sorry buddy...get youre facts right!

1734 days ago
143.

rainmaker    

Harvy...
in response to your misguided words concerning the swastika, this symbol has been dated back to 9000 B.C. It is a religious symbol. this symbol has been used in many religions including the celts who used in samhain which is now called Halloween. if you want to judge people by the symbols that they wear then why not judge the christians whom killed thousand upon thousand of people throughout history using the cross as their holy sign. does this make the cross a symbol of hate?
Jackson LongBeard the Berserker

1734 days ago
144.

Michi    

Does anyone recognize him from the MSTRCRFT video for "Heartbreaker"

1733 days ago
145.

Pao    

A note on the side...since it is a red swastika, it does symbolize an Indian geometrical form/religious symbol which is still used in Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism...nad is a historical/religious symbol....the NAZI party perverted the symbol as a black swastika on white background, with equal geometric proportions.

As far as can be seen the black below it is an "X"...then painted over red. Although the swastika is illegal for use in Germany, the red swastika is a cultural symbol in other parts of the world...

Apparently this gentleman had no idea of the symbolism either way...so no worries Ms.Swift...it was not the actual NAZI swastika.


1733 days ago
146.

Ellen    

http://www.myspace.com/ajenglish

Just look at his user name. Accidental swastika on his shirt? Yeah right.

1733 days ago
147.

Sam    

TMZ need to do some research before they blame people for stupid crap like this. The swastika symbol was originally a symbol for enlightenment, and Hitler adopted the symbol for himself. TMZ need to fix this.


http://www.history.navy.mil/library/online/religions.htm
move down till u see the swastika and read

1732 days ago
148.

Sam    

TZM needs to stop accusing people without offering alternative ideas on things like this. The swastika Symbol was originally used by Buddhists to symbolize enlightenment and is called "Chu Van", and later Hitler adopted it for this own cause. TMZ need to really stop jumping to conclusions because there words do leave a lasting impression

http://www.history.navy.mil/library/online/religions.htm
scroll down till u see the swastika

1732 days ago
149.

PM    

Did any else notice the JH on Taylor Swift Dress since these two were a couple did that mean Jew Hate???? I would hope not but Harvey You missed that

1731 days ago
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cowboy    

first of all research history the "swastika" was the sign for the sun forst used by the native americans then used by the japanese as for popular use. but yes this guy was a dumb ass for ever trying this crap in public for obviously his own stepping stone for stardom. give Taylor a break we have all stood next to some fool in a photo

1731 days ago
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