Following Triple J’s decision to remove Taylor Swift from today’s Hottest 100 music countdown, another social media campaign has launched to question Taylor Swift’s eligibility to be an NRL All-Star.
#Tay4NRLAllStars has gone viral as the popular artist’s army of “Swifties” have joined forces with rugby league fans, who have become disgruntled at the removal of fan voting for the NRL All-Stars team.
For the first time since the concept’s inception, Wayne Bennett has full control over which players make up his NRL All-Stars team. This angered many fans, who took to Twitter to try and hijack the system.
Having seen the enormous popularity of the social media hashtag #Tay4Hottest100, rugby league fans started bombarding the NRL’s official Twitter account and Facebook page with the hashtag #Tay4NRLAllStars. The movement was latched onto by Taylor Swift’s rabid fan base, and it has built up such momentum that Wayne Bennett was asked for comment at a press conference on the Gold Coast.
“I’ve heard about the movement, yes” replied Bennett. “Fans can vote for Frank Sinatra or John Farnham, but I won’t pick them in my football side.
“I wanted full control this year so I could pick a team that can put on an entertaining contest against the Indigenous All-Stars,” explained Bennett, “Taylor Swift, who I’m sure is a very talented young lady, is not an NRL contracted player and is therefore ineligible for selection.
“How unfair would it be for me to pick Taylor Swift over someone like Antonio Winterstein or Dave Taylor?”
While it’s clear Wayne Bennett has no desire to bring Taylor Swift to the NRL All-Stars fold, NRL CEO David Smith was much more open to involving the US pop superstar in the game’s pre-season exhibition. “I’d definitely want Taylor Swift to take part in the All-Stars weekend,” said an enthusiastic Smith, “We’ve got Taylor Henderson booked, but I’m sure we could accommodate Miss Swift if she was available.”
Representatives for Taylor Swift declined to comment.