Taylor Swift is the latest celeb to be put on blast for their not-so-environmentally-friendly transportation practices, but her team says it’s not all her fault.
The “All Too Well” singer has been dubbed the worst polluter this year by a recent study from Yard, a digital marketing firm.
According to the study, which scraped data from automated flight tracking Twitter account Celebrity Jets, Swift has already taken 170 flights since January.
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These flights produced 8,293 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions “or 1,184 times more than the average person’s total annual emissions,” reads the study.
Her shortest flight was a 36-minute ride from Missouri to Nashville.
Taylor Swift’s Falcon 7X Took off near St Louis, Missouri, US. Going to Nashville, Tennessee, US (BNA, Nashville International Airport) arriving in ~36m. pic.twitter.com/nkAKup40XY
— Celebrity Jets (@CelebJets) May 27, 2022
No one is safe from the internet. Just as Drake was dragged as a “climate criminal” for his private jet usage, so was the pop princess.
“Listen, I also like Taylor Swift’s music but no one should have a private jet,” tweeted one person. “You can have a propeller plane or you can get on a commercial jet. Because frankly, no one should have private jet money.”
Listen I also like Taylor Swift’s music but no one should have a private jet. You can have a propeller plane or you can get on a commercial jet. Because frankly no one should have private jet money
— Louisa 🌈👭 (@LouisatheLast) July 31, 2022
so apparently taylor swift has racked up the most CO2 emissions of any celebrity by using her private jet, and has taken 170 trips this year ALONE.
girl, you’re making it harder and harder for me to defend you.
— lou lou the fool (@l0ul0uthef00l) July 28, 2022
taylor swift going to italy in her private jet to get tomato sauce cuz she ran out of it:
— 🦋 (@pedroiriarte_) July 30, 2022
Swift’s team responded to the backlash in a statement to E! News.
“Taylor’s jet is loaned out regularly to other individuals,” a spokesperson said. “To attribute most or all of these trips to her is blatantly incorrect.”
Still, fans think this is a weak excuse.
“She’s a millionaire and even if it isn’t *her* that’s taking all those flights, it’s still a heinous amount of flights in a short time span,” one person tweeted.
-if we don’t do something about this sort of behavior from the uber wealthy and I literally could not give less of a crap if a millionaire’s feelings are going to be hurt because people are rightfully shaming them for their carbon footprint. You really shouldn’t be defending her
— Anj (@folklauerate) July 29, 2022
taylor swift taking 170 private jet flights this year, where the actual fuck does she need to go that badly to fast track destroying the planet
— n୨୧ (@frankoceansmuse) July 29, 2022
Others are just tired of being urged to reduce their carbon footprints by having to use flimsy paper straws or going vegan.
me eating vegan food to compensate for taylor swift using private jetpic.twitter.com/tlduzVyS71
— brojack (@dontwannashar3) August 1, 2022
Of course, Swift isn’t the only celebrity using their private jet excessively.
Boxer Floyd Mayweather came in second in the Yard study, emitting over 7,000 tons of CO2 from his jet this year, and Jay-Z follows close behind having produced over 6,000 tons of CO2.