Earlier this morning, it was confirmed that Taylor Swift will be performing at this year’s Melbourne Cup.
Now for those who are unaware, the Melbourne Cup is a big deal in Australia. It’s often described as “the race that stops the nation” and involves celebrities, high-end designers and, of course, horse racing.
The media heavily glamourises the event, with widespread coverage of fashion, celebrity attendances and performances on the day.
While Taylor’s international fans may not be aware of the Melbourne Cup’s history, many of her Australian fans feel disappointed in the singer’s decision to perform there.
Michael Gudinski, who is a successful and influential figure in the Australian music industry, was the one responsible for securing Taylor’s performance.
And according to a fan on Twitter, Gudinski — who has worked with Taylor before — used his connection to convince both Taylor and her team that she should perform at the Melbourne Cup without mentioning its problematic history.
As of now, Taylor is still set to perform at the Melbourne Cup on November 5.