Taylor Swift has definitely made a career on being approachable by fans.
Watch her in action here.
But that comes with a price.
Perhaps she has made herself TOO approachable.
Swift has amassed a FEW stalkers. One Roger Alvarado, just a few days ago, broke into Taylor Swift’s NYC home.
And this is an anxiety she has been carrying around since the Ariana Grande Manchester attack.
“After the Manchester Arena bombing and the Vegas concert shooting, I was completely terrified to go on tour this time because I didn’t know how we were going to keep three million fans safe over seven months. There was a tremendous amount of planning, expense, and effort put into keeping my fans safe.”
“I carry QuikClot army-grade bandage dressing, which is for gunshot or stab wounds.”
People were shocked and upset by the revelation.
This bleeding control kit is on display in the BWI airport baggage claim. Taylor Swift confesses she carries a similar kit with her because of stalkers. Saddens me that this is the best solution we can come up with. pic.twitter.com/8aaMXda16o
— Brandon Corfman (@bcorfman1) March 8, 2019
Taylor Swift is young, talented, beautiful and a magnet for stalkers. I hope this creep gets the maximum sentence. Sick.
— AA Ron (@southbayaaron) March 9, 2019
Reading that Taylor Swift recently had a stalker makes me wonder if I’d have any stalkers if I were a celebrity 😱 So scary
— ✩ ✯ ❂🌹Gwendolyn🌺❂ ✯ ✩ (@starprincess193) March 8, 2019
Taylor Swift has had soooo many stalkers yo , all men… and I’m mad confused cus why lol
— Desiree Joelle (@desss_aster) March 8, 2019
Gross. Stalkers are terrifying. I had one once and I had to leave the city, get the police involved, and really disrupt my whole existence. It’s such a traumatic experience.
— Christiana Jones (@ChristianaComm) March 9, 2019
Why does @taylorswift13 have so many stalkers and are out to get her ????
— crys (@lilcrysss) March 8, 2019
“You get enough stalkers trying to break into your house and you kind of start prepping for bad things,” she continued.
“We have to live bravely in order to truly feel alive, and that means not being ruled by our greatest fears.”
A news anchor just called Taylor Swift’s multiple run-ins with stalkers “the price of fame”.
It’s the price of the patriarchy. #InternationalWomensDay
— Nicole Aronis 🖤👩🏻💻💙 (@nearonis) March 8, 2019
I want to live in a world where @taylorswift13 is afraid of sea urchins and not stalkers.
— Katie THAT IS NOT MY DEPARTMENT..BUT (@KatieKotarski) March 6, 2019
@taylorswift13 I love your music and your spirit. Please don’t let the crazy stalkers destroy your talent and steal your joy
— PRHawkins (@PR_Hawkins) March 8, 2019
Taylor Swift’s stalker broke into her New York apartment for the third time… last time he broke in he took a shower and slept in her bed… he got 6 months in jail. When are police going to take these stalkers more seriously. How many women have to die before we do something
— Rose (@rb_delafe) March 8, 2019
But this guy did it TWICE. And she's had many stalkers already. She obviously needs a way better security system.
— nella (@srslymgc_) March 8, 2019
QuikClot, according to Britannica is:
A hemostatic agent known as QuikClot, which is made from an engineered form of the mineral zeolite, is able to quickly stop bleeding. The engineered zeolite material contains cations (positively charged ions) that serve as cofactors in the activation of clotting proteins.
This is heavy duty stuff. It’s used in all branches of the US military to quickly treat battlefield injuries.
The fact that a woman in this country feels so unsafe everywhere she goes that she needs to carry it speaks volumes about our society.
Alvarado, the stalker in question, has already been arrested for breaking into Swift’s apartment. He served a six month sentence for his first offense, was released Feb 5th and in less than a month, has been re-arrested.
When your stalkers are this persistent, who can blame Taylor for carrying around military-grade wound treatment?
“Every day I try to remind myself of the good in the world, the love I’ve witnessed and the faith I have in humanity,” Swift concluded.
We have failed women like Swift in this society and we need to do better.
But we’ve had decades to work on it.
Google Rebecca Schaeffer, Theresa Saldana and Marla Hanson.
Violence and death are not the “price of fame.” We need to do better now.