Nearly 75,000 people have signed a petition in support of Taylor Swift, demanding that she be allowed to perform her own songs

Charles Sykes/Invision/APTaylor Swift takes selfies with fans at the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards.

Taylor Swift’s legions of fans immediately mobilized after she opened up about her current legal struggles, which involve her desire to perform the music she wrote and recorded for her first six albums.

Swift released a statement via social media on Thursday, accusing Scott Borchetta and Scooter Braun of impeding her upcoming performance at the AMAs, as well as a Netflix documentary about her life that’s reportedly been in the works for years.

Swift asked her fans to “let Scott Borchetta and Scooter Braun know how you feel about this.” The hashtags #IStandWithTaylor and #FreeTaylor promptly began trending on Twitter.

Less than 24 hours after Swift spoke out, a petition titled “Let Taylor Swift perform/use HER art” has already gathered nearly 75,000 signatures.

The petition accuses Borchetta of selling Swift’s back catalogue to Braun as “a strange revenge tactic,” and accuses both the men of “quite literally holding HER artwork hostage… which is gross and almost blackmail.”

“Not allowing her to use her music in any projects is manipulative and power hungry, all over music SHE WROTE,” it reads. “Letting them get away with this will continue the disgusting sexism of the music industry as well manipulation of smaller/upcoming artists who just want to create art.”

Other, smaller petitions have also popped up. One titled “#LetTaylorHaveHerSongsBack” has over 5,000 signatures.

Swift also noted in her post that she has “tried to work this out privately” but it hasn’t worked. Swift’s team provided Insider with an email, apparently from Big Machine Records, that appears to corroborate these allegations.

Taylor swift likes tumblrhttps://www.tumblr.com/liked/by/taylorswiftTaylor Swift has been ‘liking’ fans’ messages of support on Tumblr.

Borchetta founded Swift’s former label Big Machine Records, which owns the masters of Swift’s songs recorded before she made the switch to Universal Music Group last year. Braun acquired Big Machine Records earlier this year, along with a back catalogue of Swift’s music – an acquisition she vehemently opposed and spoke out against.

According to Swift, the two men have refused to let her perform her old music on TV or licence it for the documentary – unless Swift agrees not to re-record versions of her songs and to “stop talking” about Borchetta and Braun.

“I feel very strongly that sharing what is happening to me could change the awareness level for other artists and potentially help them avoid a similar fate,” she wrote. “The message being sent to me is very clear. Basically, be a good little girl and shut up. Or you’ll be punished.”

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