And we couldn't have predicted it...
Taylor Swift’s Reputation stadium tour is a big deal. In fact, StubHub have declared it the bestselling tour for a female artist in the UK in 2018, beating the likes of Katy Perry, Dua Lipa and the OG pop princess, Britney Spears. In the US, one date in Pasadena generated $9m dollars in ticket sales and Billboard predicted back in January that Taylor could sell $450m worth of tickets on the tour.
However, Taylor is clearly not letting the dollar signs compromise her morals, and has allegedly fired longtime backing dancer Kim ‘Toshi’ Davidson for posting misogynistic and sexist content on social media.
Toshi was notably absent as a backing dancer from Taylor’s Radio One’s Biggest Weekend performance over the Bank Holiday after the pair reportedly had a ‘bust-up’, and a source told the Daily Mail that ‘Taylor is livid and seriously disappointed with Toshi’s social media posts.’
The source continued: ‘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 behaviour and to do so would be setting a bad example to her fans.’
Previously, it seems the pair were incredibly close, with Taylor donating $50,000 to Toshi’s young cousin, who was battling cancer in 2015. She wrote on the GoFundMe page at the time, ‘Baby Ayden, I’m lucky enough to perform with your uncle Toshi on tour. All of us are praying for you and your mama and sending so much love your way. Love, Taylor.’
We are 100% with Taylor on this one: this kind of misogynistic rhetoric is totally unacceptable.