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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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106.

Nancy    

Check out this picture. The camp fire girls used to use it as their symbol. Jacqueline Bouvier was a camp fire girl.

http://rexcurry.net/swastika-campfire-girls-jackie-bouvier-kennedy.jpg

This website has a lot of interesting pics. Like the old way of reciting the pledge of allegiance with the "One arm salute"

http://rexcurry.net/pledge-of-allegiance-scouting.html

1630 days ago
107.

Simone    

STFU billiejeanRIP

1630 days ago
108.

C_IL    

Who cares, is this not a free country? Oh, that's right...it's NOT anymore.

1630 days ago
109.

Robert    

For those of you that are obviously not as educated as you think you are the "swastica" is a religious symbol in many cultures. This symbol is not at all exclusive to the Nazis.

1630 days ago
110.

Professor Ecks    

Typical Tennessee Red State Racism.... Oh she didnt know the dude had a big a** swastika on his shirt, yea right....

1630 days ago
111.

jeanene    

Like me many people may not know that the symbol orginated from the american indians so very long before hilter used it.

I feel it was "not" an issue of Taylor agreeing or promoting with the Hilter version of using the symbol.
AND maybe the young man wearing the shirt may not even know the "real and orginal meaning" of the symbol.

It was clearly an issue of a "nice, well known person, being nice to another person at an event".

1630 days ago
112.

Knightshade    

It's funny, I went to a local high school and ask 43 students if they knew what the word swastika was. Only 1 student knew what the word was and that was because he saw it online. When I showed the picture, all of them just said "Taylor Swift". All of them didn't notice the symbol on the T-shirt until I pointed it out in the picture. My guess is Taylor swift didn't notice the T-shirt, it was a party. It seems to me that some schools have stopped teaching students to hate this symbol and throughout the years the meaning has been lost in translation.

1630 days ago
113.

Esra Pope    

How disgusting! This boy is in a nazi band like the above poster said. Search it for yourself! Taylor is a racist and ought to be stripped of all her awards immediately. I now am a fan of Kanye West for putting this racist in her place on the stage. Beyonce should have won. At least she is not a nazi sympathizer like Taylor Swastika and her nazi friend.

1630 days ago
114.

Radion    

I don't buy his apology you can tell that's what he wanted painted on.

1630 days ago
115.

ed    

First, I come from a Jewish family, so better than most I understand the meaning of the swastika. Nevertheless, your readers and viewers should know that, long before the Nazis, the swastika was an ancient religious symbol used by many peoples around the word - native americans, Buddhists, and followers of the Jain religion, to mention a few. It has been used in the West with a positive meaning associated with it. This has nothing to do with the incident with Talor Swift, who seems like a nice young woman, but I think it would be nice for the public to know that the swastika was not always a symbol associated with great evil. More information can be obtained online. Try this link if you want to know more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swastika

Thankis,
Ed

1630 days ago
116.

The Truth    

Taylor Swift is a racist, and a blind whore if she didn't see the disturbing image on her friends shirt. You people are tolerable of this but Kanye takes an award out of this dumb chicks and he is basically crucifiedyou all excuse her because she is cute and white lol she has a deep seeded hatred for jewish people and black people just like Glenn Beck and I laugh at you all for giving her a pass but not from me as you can see!!!!!hahahahahaha

1630 days ago
117.

Sara    

People who are hating on Taylor Swift need to grow up. She did nothing wrong and she's not even the one wearing that t-shirt. She probably didn't even look at his shirt because she was too busy trying to enjoy herself. The people at TMZ are obviously just trying to stir up commotion and blame it all on Taylor when she's innocent. She was just being polite by taking a picture with a fan.

1630 days ago
118.

shawn    

Not sure if this explains it, but the party was a divali (hindu) celebration and the swastika is an ancient symbol used by them. In India it is all over the place. Obviously too much to ask to have better research done on these stories, lol.

1630 days ago
119.

pink floyd    

the swastika does not mean your a nazi .look it up you morons before you comment..

1630 days ago
120.

E    

You idiots at TMZ don't even know the difference between a swastika and a Hindu symbol. Get your facts straight you bunch of hacks!

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