May 16, 2020 12:30 PM PDT
Scooter Braun wants to be the change he wants to see in the world. However, the usually behind-the-scenes music executive got a taste of what it was like to go through a public scandal.
You’ve probably heard of Scooter’s name pop up when it came to the dealings of stars like Arina Grande, Demi Lovato, and Justin Bieber but you may not have known exactly who he was and what he does until Taylor Swift took to social media to encourage her fans to let Scooter and business partner Scott Borchetta know that buying almost all of her catalog was wrong.
She went on to accuse the men of trying to block her documentary (that was eventually released) and stop her from performing her own music.
If you know anything about pop fan bases, the Swifties are one of the most relentless groups.
Braun previously opened up about receiving phone calls, death threats, and more after Taylor posted about the issue. Unsurprisingly, this experience gave him a taste of what it was like to be in the spotlight instead of in the shadows.
Needless to say, he didn’t like it. This has discouraged him from running for public office.
Scooter spoke to British GQ where he explained: ‘Public office is something I’ve thought about in the past, but only because I get very frustrated by a lack of leadership. The reason I have shied away from it is because I have young children and I have to be careful. Recently I was attacked very publicly by someone I don’t know, someone who refused to have a conversation with me. And I wish that person nothing but the best and hope that one day a dialogue is had, because I think it all could have been avoided with proper dialogue.’
He went on to say: ‘But what it did teach me was that if my children were teenagers, if they were a little bit older, this could have been very hard for them. And I don’t know if I’m comfortable being in public office knowing the amount of ridicule and exposure you get and I don’t know if I want to put my children through that.’
For now, Scooter will try to do the best he can from the private sector.