Taylor Swift pulled out of the Horse racing event after she received backlash from many animal rights activists.
The 29-year-old was supposed to perform two songs from her recent album Lover on November 5. However, Swift’s performance has been canceled.
According to The Sydney Morning Herald, Mushroom Events released a statement saying, “It is regretfully advised the Victoria Racing Club (VRC) that a recent change to Taylor Swift’s Asian promotional tour means she will no longer be able to perform at this year’s Melbourne Cup”.
Their spokesperson Michael Gudinski further blamed Swift’s schedule for the cancelation. He said, “Regrettably, Taylor is no longer able to make it to this year’s Melbourne Cup. Changes to her Asian promo schedule have made it logistically impossible for her to be here.”
“To all of Taylor’s fans, we hope to see Taylor in Australia in 2020,” he concluded.
The backlash started after her concert was confirmed. The Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses released a statement on Facebook.
They wrote, “Taylor Swift has put money before compassion by agreeing to perform at the 2019 Melbourne Cup. An event where at least 6 horses have been killed over the past 6 years.”
They also started the hashtag #NuptheCup to create further awareness.
Further writing, “If Taylor Swift cares at all about other animals the way she appears to care about cats, she will cancel her show and make a strong statement that animal abuse is unacceptable.”
The White Horse singer has also released the schedule for her Lover tour that will start next year. The tickets for the tour/festival will go on sale in October.
Swift will announce further tour details on her website.
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