Taylor Swift apparently fired her backup dancer and close friend in the wake of sexist Instagram posts
Taylor Swift is the pineapple on pizza of the music world: people either can't stand the thought of her, or would basically defend her with their lives.
Regardless of what you think of her, though, you have to admit that the 28-year-old Bad Blood singer is pretty gutsy when it comes to standing by what she believes in, as she demonstrated recently by reportedly firing one of her closest friends after he shared misogynistic posts on Instagram.
Toshi - a good friend of Swift's who also performed with her as a backup dancer on many occasions - posted several offensive things to his private Insta story, including some so-called "jokes" that were implicit of rape and sexual assault.
The dancer followed up his string of inappropriate images with a text post that simply read, "If you can't take a joke, this isn't the page for you".
Unfortunately for Toshi, he hadn't counted on any of Swift's fans taking screencaps of the posts... and he almost certainly didn't think that she'd cut ties with him because of it. After seeing the grossly offensive images, however, TSwizzle (are we still calling her that?) apparently immediately fired him from her crew.
The decision can't have been an easy one for the singer, however.
"She has considered him one of her closest friends on the road after recruiting him for her 1989 tour back in 2014," a source told Daily Mail. "But she simply cannot endorse this behavior and to do so would be setting a bad example to her fans."
The pair were extremely close - so much so that, in 2015, when Toshi's infant nephew fell ill, she gave $50,000 towards his medical fees via a Go Fund Me campaign.
"Baby Ayden, I'm lucky enough to perform with your uncle Toshi on tour," she wrote in a dedication alongside her donation. "All of us are praying for you and your mama and sending so much love your way. Love, Taylor."
The young boy sadly passed away last year, but Swift and Toshi remained firm friends.
In the wake of these posts, however, fans of the singer have little sympathy for her dancer and have taken to Twitter in order to call him out on his behavior.
"Can you even fathom
@taylorswift13 hiring you AND giving you $50k for your sick nephew and then disrespecting women and sexual assault as if pouring salt in her wounds?" wrote one Twitter user. "Like yikes Toshi. You did something bad."
"Wow just read about Toshi. Since
@taylorswift13 is the nicest person on Earth, I’m sure she’s upset it came to this," said another. "It goes to show how important it is for her to be a good role model for her fans."
Swift has not yet said anything about the matter on her own personal account, but - presumably - she probably wants to put the whole matter behind her as soon as possible. Plus, now she's a couple of weeks deep into her Reputation tour, she has much more important things to worry about than some sexist guy causing her hassle.