Taylor Swift Lookalike Responds to Prank Backlash
A TikTok star gaining popularity on the platform for making herself look like Taylor Swift has faced backlash. She performed what she called a “social experiment.” The TikToker, Ashley Leechin, whose handle is @noitisashley13 (a play on Swift’s favorite number 13 and her Twitter/X handle), has over one million followers. She collaborated with YouTuber Vic In the Game over the weekend. It was reported that the she was “escorted out of a shop in Los Angeles after being mistaken for the singer by fans.” Leechin, 30, described this staged event as a “social experiment.” She wanted to see what it was like to live a day as a high-profile celebrity. The TikToker wore oversized sunglasses and Taylor’s signature red lipstick, with the YouTuber’s crew posing as her bodyguards.
Ashley had a “positive experience” with Swifties in person when she revealed to them that she was an impersonator. But, she said online criticism over the prank has made her question the fandom. Posting on her Instagram Stories, Leechin wrote over a screenshot, “While we are still bashing me for collaborating with a YouTuber, let’s not forget the insane amount of other people who do and have done the same exact thing.” She continued on to say, “It was a video and it was fun. No one got hurt except your feelings at this point. I will continue to collaborate with whoever I want to and your nasty comments do not affect my life.”
The nurse, wife, and mom of two addressed the backlash on TikTok yesterday (August 21). Following that up, she posted a video lip-syncing to Swift’s 1989 track, “Miss Americana & The Heartbreak Prince.” With the lyrics “You play stupid games, you win stupid prizes,” the TikToker added in the caption: “Bad timing huh.”
Sorry late post. ‘A day in the life of a celebrity’ - only because it was Taylor everyone is blowing this out of proportion. If it were anyone else, it would have had a completely different outcome. This is why celebrities would hire decoys so they can enjoy their private event or quiey evening. Thank you to everyone who was so kind & sweet yesterday. Not going squash any other rumors because that is pointless. Just a friendly reminder, please do not bully any of my friends. You can bully me because it seems to be an okay thing to do in the ‘swiftie’ fandom but please do not bully my friends because they were incredible to work with. #itsjustashley #vicinthegame #taylorswift♬ original sound - Ashley
The TikToker isn’t the first person to impersonate Swift in public, which she pointed out on her Instagram Stories. The YouTuber Vic In The Game has also done other experiments of other artists like Bad Bunny and The Weeknd lookalikes as well.
All of Taylor Swift’s Surprise Songs on the Eras Tour
Ever since Taylor Swift kicked off her Eras Tour back in March, she announced to her fans that she would perform two surprise acoustic songs at every show. With the first show taking place in Glendale, Arizona, Swift made good on that promise and performed “Mirrorball” from folklore and “Tim McGraw” from her 2006 self-titled debut album. Since then, the award-winning singer-songwriter has kept up with her promise.
With ten studio albums, three re-recorded studio albums (so far), five extended plays, and four live albums under her belt, Swift said that she has enough songs to cover the 52-date trek without repeating any songs. However, if she ever feels like she didn’t give a performance her all, there’s a chance she might perform it again. She also said there would be an exception of songs from Midnights, which might get played more than once on the tour. Swift has already hinted that this is what happened with her April 1 performance of “Clean,” which was requested by her opener Gracie Abrams in Arlington, Texas. On a TikTok stream of the show, Swift commented that she could have played the song “better in a higher key, so that’s technically a mess up.” She played the song again a month later in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
As we previously reported, Swift kicked off her Eras Tour on March 17 with the release of a re-recording of songs “Eyes Open,” “Safe & Sound” and “If This Was a Movie.” She also released her previously-leaked song “All the Girls You Loved Before.” Fitting with the theme of her Eras Tour, which
Gossip website TMZ recently reported that camera crews have been at almost every concert stop thus far. Sources were not able to reveal any plans to release the footage on streaming or in theaters, like her five previous concert docs. Take a look below at every surprise song Swift has performed so far on her Eras Tour: