After a series of sexist memes on Instagram, Taylor fires not just one of her backup dancers, but one of her close friends.
Last weekend, Taylor Swift performed at BBC Radio’s Biggest Weekend, a huge music festival hosted in the U.K., and although the show was a success, she was missing one member of her backup dancers. According to the UK press, Toshi, one of Taylor’s dancers and close friends didn’t perform with her because she fired him. Prior to the performance, Taylor found sexist memes that he shared on his Instagram Story, which were sent to her by fans.
Some of the memes included a picture of Australia’s national women’s soccer team, which lost to a team of 15-year-old boys, with the caption “back to the kitchen,” and another of a cloth, a bottle of Chloroform, a black van and a deserted woods, with the caption “every girl’s weakness.” After discovery, Taylor was said to be “livid” at these posts that he shared online.
“Taylor is livid and seriously disappointed with Toshi’s social media posts,” a source says. “She has considered him one of her closest friends on the road after recruiting him for her ‘1989’ tour back in 2014. But she simply cannot endorse this behavior and to do so would be setting a bad example to her fans.”
We’ve taken a look at some of these posts, and we can confirm that they are pretty disturbing. It can be hard to work with close friends, but it’s even harder to be your close friend’s boss. It was probably a tough call to make for Taylor, but in the end, she made a good decision. So if you’re ever in a situation where you work for your friends, maybe keep the memes to yourself and stay professional… especially if your boss is an international superstar.