Food feud: Taylor Swift fans take on Burger King after the chain tweets a sexist joke about the singer

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May 29, 2020 12:15 p.m. EST
May 29, 2020 12:27 p.m. EST
The home of the Whopper just made a whopper of a misstep. The royal burger joint managed to fire up Taylor Swift’s legion of fans with a questionable tweet about the singer’s body of work. Some Swifties have gone so far as to call the social media post “sexist” and the backlash has become so bad that the hashtag #BurgerKingIsOverParty has begun trending on Twitter. McDonald's executives everywhere must be secretly rejoicing over their competitor’s 280-character faux pas.The debacle originally stemmed from a simple question posed by a Twitter user who innocently inquired about Burger King’s favourite Taylor tune (several of BK's big brand peers have been answering the same question). Rather than responding with a simple song title (come on, you left "King of My Heart" right on the table!), the chain or perhaps The Burger King himself tweeted, "the one about her ex." People did not enjoy the King’s attempt at a jape and the negative reaction started immediately.While the fast food franchise that brought us the Meatatarian Burger and Cheeto Chicken Fries has since removed the offending post, it hasn’t stopped Swift die-hards from continuing to call them out (and sharing the screencapped tweet for posterity—those who do not know history after all, are doomed to repeat it). Later in the day, Burger King attempted to make it right (sort of) with another tweet—this time offering a deal to Swifties (and everybody else) and giving a shout-out to their own cancel party. "Let's shake it off. celebrate #BurgerKingIsOverParty with the $3 shake + fries deal in the app," reads the post. So does that mean the answer was "Shake It Off" all along?[video_embed id='1966059']RELATED: Mystery surrounding Taylor Swift producing a cover of her own song [/video_embed]While the whole ordeal may seem a little silly or trivial, it speaks to a larger issue within the music industry. Taylor herself has commented on the ways she’s been treated with less respect than her male pop star counterparts and the constant focus on which of her exes her latest song is about is one of them."You're going to have people who are gonna say, ‘Oh you know, like she just writes songs about her ex-boyfriends,' and I think, frankly, that's just a very sexist angle to take," she told an Australian radio show (via People). "No one says that about Ed Sheeran. No one says it about Bruno Mars. They're all writing about their exes, their current girlfriends, their love life and no one raises a red flag there."[video_embed id='1966036']BEFORE YOU GO: Husband goes all out for wife's birthday who can't have visitors while in hospital [/video_embed]

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