Does Taylor Swift know that her management team may be dumping fan mail letters in the garbage? Gawker uncovered the story in an article published on March 12, 2013, and it may just show the dark side of worldwide popularity and devotion.
Or, it could all be a simple mistake.
The gossip site was alerted to the story after Nashville resident Kylee Francescan found hundreds of fan mail letters addressed to Taylor Swift while disposing of some newspapers in a nearby recycling dumpster.
When alerted, Gawker immediately enlisted investigative reporter Andy Cordan to sniff out the details.
Tracing the origins to Swift's PR handlers in Nashville, Cordan got a statement from spokeswoman Paula Erickson, who theorized that "a small batch of mail that was supposed to be delivered to Taylor was accidentally put with letters headed for the recycling center."
That makes sense. Taylor Swift must receive thousands of fan letters from all across the globe daily. A few hundred being misplaced is probably just a casualty of the laborious process.
As Gawker points out, though, these letters were unopened.
Taylor Swift's PR team immediately took possession of the errant mail and promised to respond as usual. Maybe these letters will get a response from Taylor Swift herself?
The music superstar is known for truly appreciating her fan base and often responds personally to individual letters she likes and to fans who need a little more attention, most notably those facing a dire medical situation. Or looking for a prom date.
It seems Gawker is just trying to stir up a little controversy where there isn't any. That's their job. It probably won't put a dent in the volume of Taylor Swift fan mail.
Maybe the USPS should look into it? That kind of mail volume might just save the budget.
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