10 Tweets From People Who Think Taylor Swift’s Violent Stalker Is Hi-larious

Meet some Twitter users who think Taylor Swift having a potentially violent stalker is hilarious!

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Today, on Sick, Sad WorldTaylor Swift has been granted a restraining order against a man who sounds unbelievably scary. According to TMZ, Timothy Sweet has been obsessing over Swift since 2011 and refuses to stop sending her terrifying emails, letters and social media posts. A smattering of examples:

“If anyone in Taylor Swift’s family gets killed, it is not my fault.”
“My wife, Taylor Swift (Sweet) and I live in Beverly Hills.  I am in love with her.  In conclusion, we treat each other with dignity and respect.  I will carry a gun to protect her the rest of my life.”
“Dearest Taylor, I’ll kill any man who gets in the way of our marriage.  Message to John Kerry, Secretary of State.  Message from YOUR Presidential Candidate.”

A quick look at Sweet’s Twitter feed, which hasn’t been updated since 2012, is very disturbing given his threats. Or hilarious, if you’re one of the following gleeful Twitter users:

 

 

Okay, this one isn't funny so much as the hashtags are really ill-advised here.

 

 

 

 

 

According to VictimsOfCrime.org, 16% of women and 5% of men have "experienced stalking victimization in which they felt fearful or believed that that they or someone close to them would be harmed or killed." Of the approximately 6.6 million people who were stalked in 2013, 76% were female, and over half of those women were under the age of 25 when it happened. Swift is 24.

Obviously, I am not saying these Twitter users are all horrible people; that would be a lofty assumption at best. Just as I do not think making a rape joke automatically makes you a rapist or somebody who believes rape is permissible, I do not think that all these Twitterers are just stalkers waiting to happen or people who think it is okay to violently threaten other human beings. That said, just as rape jokes contribute to rape culture, making light of somebody threatening a woman and her family with violence and the circumstances that may have led to the situation--I'm no doctor, but I think it's possible that the man suffers from serious mental illness issues--contributes to the conditions that allow for women not to be taken seriously when they are being stalked.

While I am thrilled that Swift is able to obtain extra security, utilize a solid legal team, and more easily acquire extra protection in order to stay safe from her stalker, most of the world's population doesn't have that, but their wellbeing still needs to be taken equally seriously. Being stalked can ruin a person's life despite she or he never having done anything wrong, so it sucks when people don't seem to acknowledge how horrible that type of abuse is.

But what do I know? I'm a humorless feminist wet blanket cat lady.

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    • Kaitlin Reilly

      That is TERRIFYING. Yes, Taylor Swift is lucky that she has a team of security to protect her, but still… can’t imagine how scary this must be. While some of those tweets are really more obnoxious and insensitive than anything else, a few of them are extremely hateful. Very odd.

    • Lindsey Conklin

      eww, the first “if anyone in Taylors family gets killed its not my fault” –I wouldn’t be able to sleep, that’s so creepy. Poor Taylor, her songs are harmless and playful, those tweets are cruel.

    • Sarah Penny

      This is horrible. Her music sort of exposes people, sure, but I think a large part of the TSwift bashing is slut shaming. It’s shaming her for expressing her feelings about the guys she dates. It’s not different than having an awkward Tumblr blog, except TSwift is famous.

      also, as a sidenote
      ~swifty for lyfe~

    • Michel92

      Being stalked must be terribly scary, no matter who the victim is. It is also abusive. That is one reason why there is a website called Victims of Crime, people. Anyone who jokes about a public figure such as Swift being stalked, and her family threatened, is immature and twisted, and making light of this abusive crime that is primarily against women. It’s the media that perpetrates the myth Swift’s music is all about guys and break ups, her music is actually highly respected by critics. The way the media focuses on young women to gossip about and make fun of, and the way young women are the ones most often stalked, show the sexism in our society. And Swift is not the only female celeb who is threatened by stalkers, either.

      Stalking is abusive. Making fun about a woman being stalked is making light of this abuse against women. There are many cases where women have been killed by their stalkers. Making jokes about ANY person being stalked is unacceptable, sick, and wrong.