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Taylor Swift Embraces the Swastika

10/29/2009 1:46 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

UPDATE: Swift's rep just put together this swift explanation for TMZ, "Taylor took pictures with about 100 people that night ... she doesn't know who this guy is and she didn't realize what was on his shirt."

What the heil was Taylor Swift thinking?

Taylor Swift Embraces the Swastika

During Katy Perry's birthday party in West Hollywood last weekend, 19-year-old Swift put her arm around a guy wearing a Nazi swastika -- a symbol of hate, murder and evil -- and smiled for a photograph.

There are rumblings that the "JH" on Swift's shirt stands for "Jew Hater" -- but it seems more likely it stands for Julianne Hough due to the fact that Hough had a "TS" painted on her outfit ... most likely for Taylor Swift.



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Paul    

who really gives a rat's ass?

1600 days ago
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Amber Berglund    

What the FFFF? Why is this acceptable?

1635 days ago
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Lisa    

HALLOWEEEEEEEEEEN.

Idiots.

1635 days ago
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mike    

Isnt that symbol common in India and doesnt have a negative meaning? I'm going to give her the benefit of the doubt on this one. I've seen that symbol on children games like Pokemon.

1635 days ago
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Jack    

She is not thinking, just like all the rest of the uneducated teens that dominate hollywood today.

1635 days ago
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RJ    

She should not have taken this pic as much as everyone was on her side after the whole Kanye incident this is just WRONG! I am sorry to say but she is stupid for posing in the pic and hope she just doesnt use the excuse "i didnt see his shirt before i took a picture with him" NOT RIGHT!

1635 days ago
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noneofyourbusiness    

Instead of bashing Taylor, maybe you should bash Katy Perry for allowing the guy into her party dressed like that. I seriously doubt that she condones "a symbol of hate, murder and evil" as you so eloquently put it.

TMZ is always reaching so far to get their next story. Give me a break, she is not Mel Gibson for goodness sake!

1635 days ago
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cam    

The industry is run my the illimunitI and devil worshipers

1635 days ago
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Amber Berglund    

I don't care if it is Halloween. The Swastika (in this form) shouldn't be celebrated. It promotes intolerance.

Taylor Swift should have known better.

1635 days ago
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LIFE IS LIFE    

The swastika (from Sanskrit svástika) is an equilateral cross with its arms bent at right angles, in either right-facing (卐) form or its mirrored left-facing (卍) form. Archaeological evidence of swastika-shaped ornaments dates from the Neolithic period and was first found in the Indus Valley Civilization of the Indian Subcontinent. It occurs today in the modern day culture of India, sometimes as a geometrical motif and sometimes as a religious symbol; it remains widely used in Eastern and Dharmic religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism.
Despite this usage, the symbol has become stigmatized and to some extent taboo in the Western world because of its iconic usage by Nazi Germany, and it has notably been outlawed in Germany if used as a symbol of Nazism (usage of the sign by religious groups is tolerated). Many modern political extremists and neo-nazi groups such as Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging , the Syrian Social Nationalist Party and Russian National Unity use stylised swastikas or similar symbols.
The word swastika is derived from the Sanskrit word svastika (in Devanagari स्वस्तिक), meaning any lucky or auspicious object, and in particular a mark made on persons and things to denote good luck. The modern equivalent to the term would be a talisman. It is composed of su- (cognate with Greek ευ-, eu-), meaning "good, well" and asti, a verbal abstract to the root as "to be" (cognate with the Romance copula, coming ultimately from the Proto-Indo-European root *h1es-); svasti thus means "well-being." The suffix -ka either forms a diminutive or intensifies the verbal meaning, and svastika might thus be translated literally as "that which is associated with well-being," corresponding to "lucky charm" or "thing that is auspicious." The word in this sense is first used in the Harivamsa. Monier-Williams notes that the shape of the symbol represents a monogram or interlacing of the letters of the word svasti written in Ashokan characters.
The Hindu Sanskrit term has been in use in English since 1871, replacing gammadion (from Greek γαμμάδιον). Alternative historical English spellings of the Sanskrit word include suastika, swastica and svastica.
Geometrically, the Nazi swastika can be regarded as (the area inside of) an irregular icosagon or 20-sided polygon. The proportions of it were fixed based on a 5x5 diagonal grid.
Characteristic is the 90° rotational symmetry and chirality, hence the absence of reflectional symmetry, and the existence of two versions of swastikas that are each other's mirror image.
The mirror-image forms are often described as:
clockwise and counterclockwise;
left-facing and right-facing;
left-hand and right-hand.
"Left-facing" and "right-facing" are used mostly consistently referring to the upper arm of an upright swastika facing either to the viewer's left (卍) or right (卐). The other two descriptions are ambiguous as it is unclear whether they refer to the arms as leading or being dragged or whether their bending is viewed outward or inward. However, "clockwise" usually refers to the "right-facing" swastika. The terms are used inconsistently (sometimes even by the same writer), which is confusing and may obfuscate an important point, that the rotation of the swastika may have symbolic relevance, although little is known about this symbolic relevance. Less confusing terms might be "clockwise-pointing" and "counterclockwise-pointing."
Nazi ensigns had a through and through image, so both versions were present, one on each side, but the Nazi flag on land was right-facing on both sides and at a 45° rotation.
The name "sauwastika" is sometimes given to the left-facing form of the swastika

1635 days ago
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Bec    

It is possible that it was photoshoped onto the t-shirt after the fact in an attempt to tarnish her image, sell it to a magazine or both.

1635 days ago
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lls    

That symbol does not mean all that it does to the "jewish" faith!

1635 days ago
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namers    

Agreed. Both she, Katy Perry and Prince William should all know better.

1635 days ago
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Dore    

So we now can do what ever we want in the name of Halloween? Right is Right and Wrong is Wrong no matter what day it is or how you look at it!!!!!

Now let a Black Human Being do this about a White Person and the reaction will not be the same!!!!

1635 days ago
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Cassiopeiae    

This dude prolly walked up and said can i get my picture take with you she said yes. Is she supposed to give this retard the once over to make sure the picture is not going to be blasted by the papers. She just said yes to a picture, why don't you spend your time bashing the idiot who is wearing the t-shirt not someone in proximity to the t-shirt

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