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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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121.

Erica    

****RACIST WHITE TRASH BITCH****

1730 days ago
122.

tenley    

I have never in my life seen this many people come out of the woodwork to defend the Swastika as an ancient symbol, a Native American symbol, a Buddhist symbol, etc. Never. Ever. (and as though Taylor Swift knew any of that, ever. Taylor Swift probably didn't know what a Swastika was and it's her fans and friends wondering why it's such a big deal and it's also her fans and friends saying Oh well so what if it does have this history, it's also this ancient symbol and that's what you should think about). GIVE ME A BREAK. I MEAN IT'S MAKING ME SICK -- I was almost okay just thinking Taylor is stupid. But now. If it's no big deal, and hey, if no one should pay attention to the most modern meaning of the Swastika, then f*** Taylor Swift and her fans. Seriously.

1730 days ago
123.

Chuck O'Connor    

TMZ said theirself that the people were painting on each other so this guy probably didn't paint it on himself so Taylor being young & naive probably didn't think about it. Hell, the kid looks Jewish to me! I have racist and biggots and I'm not found of Taylor Swift because she has been way to overexposed but it was most likely a naive oversight on her part.

1730 days ago
124.

sucking on my titties so milky    

THERE IS ABSOLUTLY NOTHING WRONG WITH THIS, SHE OBVIOUSLY DIDNT KNOW WHAT WAS ON THE SHIRT AND DOESNT SUPPORT THIS, FOR ALL YOU IDIOTS WHO THINK THIS IS A BIG DEAL...WELL YOU PROBABLY WEAR A FANNY PACK, AND STILLL WEAR DIAPPERS...
AND YOU COULD PROBABLY DESCRIBE IN DETAIL WHAT YOUR LAST POOP LOOKED LIKE.
YOU ALSO PROBABLY PICK YOUR NOSE TILL IT BLEEDS
YOU EVEN PROBABLY SMUGGLE GRAPES
no offense or anything hahahahahahahhahahahahahahahhahaahah :P

1730 days ago
125.

Laurie    

Until the Nazis used this symbol, the swastika was used by many cultures throughout the past 3,000 years to represent life, sun, power, strength, and good luck.

1730 days ago
126.

katy    

big deal? the big deal is that many people lost their great grandparents in the holocaust to these terrible acts of murder by the nazis. the swastika is the symbol for nazis promoting this behavior. to murder innocent kids, women and men just because of their faith in god. most young people today dont know what its like to be dragged out of their home in the middle of the night and shot dead by soldiers or shoved into a caR with their families and sent to nazi work camps and concentration camps and killed. or to never see your family again if you survive and flee your country and not know where ur family is buried. i can go on with the stories. but what the nazis did is not human and was horrifying.
im jewish and lost relatives and ancestors in the holocaust. some were only children when they were murdered and dumped into mass graves. i wouldnt be here today if my grandparents didnt run like crazy for their lives out of europe while under constant threat of being killed by nazis if they were found.jews were cutt off from society. they couldnt walk into a resturant to get food, they could not even get medical attention from a hospital during the holocaust in fear of being found by the nAZIS.the swastika is a symbol used to promote and symbolize nazis and white supremecist power. most non jews dont know what its like to come home to find your entire family is murdered and you will be murdered next if you dont get the heck out of your country and fast. there were also no safe havens for jews. no country wanted them going there. they werent allowed into israel, america didnt want jews going there either till after the war ended.
there is nothing funny about a swastika and its nothing to take lightly. it makes you look like an idiot.
im jewish and am a taylor swift fan and its making me say will i buy her next album? i dont know. as a celebrity she should care about her image and know that she does have alot of jewish fans and she needs to care about not insulting anyone.

1730 days ago
127.

Kyle    

The swastika in the picture is actually the one used by the Nazi Party of Germany, if flipped its positve (Like Ying and Yang). The two symbols have been around long before the german party embraced it in hate. But since the current meaning is still attributed to the Nazi party I would have to say the Swift should have paid attention to who she was standing with and what he was wearing...but the real concern is the guy embracing the symbol...

1730 days ago
128.

April    

Everyone has a right to be angry at anyone who supports Fasism. Nazis indeed represent hate but that symbol isnt only the nazi's to claim...

The swastica is actually a Buddhist symbol that represents peace and joy...

The swastika (Sanskrit svastika, "all is well") is a cross with four arms of equal length, with the ends of each arm bent at a right angle. Sometimes dots are added between each arm.

The swastika is an ancient symbol found worldwide, but it is especially common in India. It can be seen in the art of the Egyptians, Romans, Greeks, Celts, Native Americans, and Persians as well Hindus, Jains and Buddhists.

The swastika's Indian name comes the Sanskrit word svasti, meaning good fortune, luck and well being.

In Hinduism, the right-hand (clockwise) swastika is a symbol of the sun and the god Vishnu, while the left-hand (counterclockwise) swastika represents Kali and magic. The Buddhist swastika is almost always clockwise, while the swastika adopted by the Nazis (many of whom had occult interests) is counterclockwise.

In Buddhism, the swastika signifies auspiciousness and good fortune as well as the Buddha's footprints and the Buddha's heart. The swastika is said to contain the whole mind of the Buddha and can often be found imprinted on the chest, feet or palms of Buddha images. It is also the first of the 65 auspicious symbols on the footprint of the Buddha.

The swastika has also often been used to mark the beginning of Buddhist texts. In China and Japan, the Buddhist swastika was seen as a symbol of plurality, eternity, abundance, prosperity and long life.

The swastika is used as an auspicious mark on Buddhist temples and is especially common in Korea. It can often be seen on the decorative borders around paintings, altar cloths and banners. In Tibetan Buddhism, it is also used as a clothing decoration.

Sources
"Swastika." Damien Keown, A Dictionary of Buddhism (Oxford UP, 2003), 287.
"General Buddhist Symbols: Swastika." A View on Buddhism Accessed March 2005.
Meher McArthur, Reading Buddhist Art: An Illustrated Guide to Buddhist Signs and Symbols (Thames & Hudson, 2004), 50.

1730 days ago
129.

pnky    

dont we give all of hollywood to much thought , just like i am guilty for reading this . all i am trying to say is are you perfect! no? so stop the hate on both sides!!!!

1730 days ago
130.

Y R U ALL IGNORANT    

For Starters who cares, and secondly read up a little bit about where this symbol comes from. Wikipedia (swastika) and then take 30 minute out of your precious little life to learn in stead of care about what idiot celebrity did what idiotic thing. Maybe then you will learn that it only took one idiot with some F***ed up views to cause this to instatly think that someone with this symbol close to them must be a racist and a bad person......Ohhh how I look forward to the days when people spend their time educating themselves instead of worrying about what that celebrity that I can't be has done now.....Wahhhhhhhhh I wannna get paid an ungodly amount of money to be in a movie........Oh wait no I dont I think I'll go make a good living and contribute to society insted giving people something to waste money on. Ok Rant over....Back to Stumbling....

1730 days ago
131.

Kyle    

In reply to 166.

Anyone who embraces any religious symbol is embracing hate... If you look back in history the most savage wars are fought over a religious symbol... I do agree hate shouldn't be made public... But judging from what you see in the picture is that really a display of hate? or ignorance... If we judge people on the symbols we were, then most people are displaying hate and a symbol used in war. I know my comments will be disputted by most religion but show me from history how I am wrong?

1730 days ago
132.

tdrury    

Glad to see this publicity whore no talent bitch is finally showing the world who she really is.

1730 days ago
133.

Boosh    

The word swastika is derived from the Sanskrit word svastika, meaning any lucky or auspicious object, and in particular a mark made on persons and things to denote good luck. 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. --Wikipedia folks its freakin amazing. (while this explanation comes from the wiki there are numerbous other more credible sources that will support this.)

1730 days ago
134.

Ganjaweed    

Kanye waz right!!!!!

1730 days ago
135.

something smells    

that guy looks like a jew

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