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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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Eric    

She killed jesus

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Bob    

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???????????????????????    

62% says she is innocent.....WTF? Didnt the lil bitch go to school and was taught about the holocaust, and the 4 million Jews that were killed? I know it is taught in all high schools...and those that say BIG DEAL, were any of your family killed by NAZI's? If they were you would be condemning this stupid skank! Boycott the lil insensitive bitches music...who wants to hear anything from an ignorant stupid lil skank!

1764 days ago
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zforce    

Looks like they were celebrating "Holi"...It's an indial festival where they throw colored powder at each other..the swastika is a religious symbol in India and is worn during celebrations like this

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Mike    

The guy in the picture looks Jewish. Is it possible he wore the symbol ironically?

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goolsbinin    

See... Because its Taylor Swift everyone is all its ok... not a big deal, it could happen to anyone... Yet if it were as noneofyourbusiness put it Mel Gibson everyone would be up in arms ready to lynch him. I hate the double standard you tmz'ers have when it comes to situations like this. And I dont mean TMZ staff I mean the TMZ'ers themselves... You are all so hypocritical its ridiculous... Chris Brown beats a girl who hit him first and he is ostracized from hollywood yet Taylor Swift poses with the international symbol for hatred, abuse, racism, and murder and its all ok... Give me a break... What a joke...

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Rake Yohn    

That symbol is from India and Asia. I don't think 2000 years of tradition should be hijacked by some loonie from the 30's.

I't may take a 100 years or so, but eventually people will get over it.

1764 days ago
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Kate    

It's also a symbol used in religions like Janism, Buddhism and Hinduism. Originally, the nazi party stole the symbol from the Hindu religion to use as their own. People often forget that there is more than one meaning to this symbol.

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Flower    

All swastikas are not created equal. The swastika has a negative connection, not because of what the symbol means or stands for, but because one particularly unpleasant leadership chose it as their icon. And, I suspect they chose it because it means 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.
The symbol itself has no evil meanings except those that the century just past attached to it.
Get past the evil that you conjure up, and it is just an iconic symbol, many centuries old.

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steve    

see comment #10. the swastika has been around much longer than the nazis. they simply took it for their own.

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Marlena    

What kind of stupid party was this? Why all the 60's tie/die crap??? Looks like a kindergardners' paint party a not too talented one.

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Debi    

TMZ YOU MIGHT WANT TO RETHINK!!! Again, TMZ picks the most stupidest things to report. Its just a picture with no malice intended. The shirt should have said TMZ SUCKS!!!! I will bet you wouldnt have printed that. Who works at this company, a bunch of clowns???

1764 days ago
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Sarah    

This is so dumb. Do people really honestly think she is "Jew Hater"? My guess is the guy asked her to take a picture and she did without examining what he was wearing.

Also, since you want to hop all over her back, why don't you list everyone at the party who allowed this guy to attend wearing the shirt?

It is so sad that we live in a country where people are so quick to accuse others of intolerance or racism......

1764 days ago
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Solaera    

TMZ you guys are MORONS. A swastika is an ancient religious symbol and has been used by many asian and middle eastern religions for centuries. Use of this symbol dates back as far as the Bronze Age and was then known as the "sun wheel". The fact that Hitler opted to use this symbol is irrelevant. Most people know this.

To discredit Taylor Swift's integrity for standing next to someone with that symbol on his shirt is very irresponsible reporting.

1764 days ago
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Joe    

"Taylor Swift Embraces the Swastika" is a hugely irresponsible title, even for the low standards of TMZ. You need to offer Taylor Swift an apology ASAP.

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