Taylor Swift has grow to be the goal of a number of tweets and memes after her spokesperson’s response to a report naming her the largest celeb polluter due to use of her non-public jet.
Last Friday, British digital advertising and marketing agency Yard launched a examine based mostly on an evaluation of personal airplane flights tracked by automated flight tracker Celebrity Jets. It discovered that Swift topped an inventory of celebrities, with 170 flights emitting 8,293 metric tons of greenhouse gases.
The listing’s examine positioned the singer forward of a number of mega-wealthy celebrities, together with Floyd Mayweather (177 flights; 7,076 tons of carbon dioxide), Jay-Z (136; 6981), Alex Rodriguez (106; 5,342) and Blake Shelton (111; 4,495).
Also making the highest 10 of celebrities had been Kim Kardashian at seventh place, adopted by Mark Wahlberg, Oprah Winfrey, and Travis Scott.
The examine was sparked by a photograph Kylie Jenner lately uploaded to Instagram, displaying herself and her associate, Travis Scott, posing earlier than their respective non-public jets.
Captioning the picture, Jenner wrote, “You wanna take mine or yours?”—sparking rapid social media backlash over the show of conspicuous consumption. Still, the examine positioned Jenner at nineteenth on its celeb listing, with Swift popping out on prime.
A Swift consultant responded to the examine by saying the frequent use of the star’s Falcon 7X jet—one in all two non-public plans mentioned to be owned by Swift—was brought on by different folks flying on the plane.
“Taylor’s jet is loaned out regularly to other individuals,” the Swift spokesperson advised Newsweek. “To attribute most or all of these trips to her is blatantly incorrect.”
The spokesperson’s response to the report has sparked a number of viral tweets ribbing the star for her use of what’s extensively seen as an emblem of privilege and wealth.
In response to the assertion, one particular person on Twitter wrote: “you’ve really gotta hand it to taylor swift’s publicist bc ‘she generously rents out her jet for her poorer friends who can’t afford their own personal jets to use’ is the funniest possible way to put a humanitarian spin on her carbon emissions.”
The particular person added: “i’d like to see more celebrities go this route. the next drag race winner should get a $100,000 cash prize and an acre of frackable land in wyoming.”
Also going the tongue-in-cheek route, one other wrote: “@TaylorSwift13 announces NEW album titled ‘Carbon Footprint:- A Long Private Jet Journey’ dropping at midnight. The lead single ‘Emission’ is out now.”
In one other tweet, the caption read: “taylor swift gives her first public statement on environmental affairs since her private jet use came into question.”
While Swift was seen within the video, those that pressed Play acquired the audio of erstwhile British actuality TV star Bonnie Holt saying that international warming is “really good, because it warms up the world and it gives us all tans and it makes us all hot.”
Another commented that they had been “streaming Taylor Swift to help her pay for her jet fuel,” whereas one social media person joked: “Taylor Swift just broke into my home and replaced all my paper straws with plastic and said “burn b**ch” before leaving off on her jet.”
Meanwhile, one other shared a computer-generated video of a person sitting on plane engine midflight as one in all Swift’s hits served because the soundtrack.
The accompanying caption read: “taylor swift listening to ‘all too well’ on her private jet.”
In a 2020 interview with Variety, Swift mentioned that “young people are the people who feel the worst effects of gun violence, and student loans and trying to figure out how to start their lives and how to pay their bills, and climate change, and are we going to war—all these horrific situations that we find ourselves facing right now.”
Yard assembled statistics for the report from Celebrity Jets, a Twitter account that tracks the non-public jet travels of celebrities, with information going again to the beginning of the 12 months and protecting the variety of flights taken by every celeb, common flight time, miles and greenhouse fuel emissions.
Rolling Stone mentioned that the flight information attributed to Jay-Z is definitely linked to the Puma Jet, a Gulfstream GV that the rapper and entrepreneur is reported to have satisfied the sportswear big to buy to be used by its endorsed athletes. Jay-Z, whose actual identify Shawn Carter, serves as Puma’s inventive director.
While Jay-Z, who’s married to Beyoncé, just isn’t the only particular person utilizing the Puma Jet, a Yard consultant mentioned: “We attributed the jet to Jay-Z on this occasion because he requested the Puma jet as part of his sign-up deal to become the creative director of Puma basketball.
“The Puma jet’s tail numbers are N444SC at Jay-Z’s request. N, the usual U.S. non-public jet license plate, 444, referring to his album of the identical identify and SC for his delivery identify, Shawn Carter. Without Jay-Z, this jet would stop to exist,” the representative said.
Rolling Stone said it’s impossible to determine if the other celebrities named in the top 10 were actually on board for every trip taken by their respective private jets.
For his part, rapper Drake responded to criticism that his jet had taken multiple minutes-long flights. He said on Instagram: “This is simply them transferring planes to no matter airport they’re being saved at for anybody who was within the logistics…no person takes that flight.”