The haters need to shake it off.
Taylor Swift has made an initial donation of $50,000 to New York City public schools from sales of her hit song “Welcome to New York.”
But the gift triggered online criticism of the singer when the city Education Department at first mistakenly announced Tuesday that the donation would be a one-shot deal.
The department later changed its tune, saying Swift — estimated to be worth $200 million — would continue to donate proceeds to the city’s public schools, although it was unclear how much more.
Before the clarification, detractors were quick to pile on the platinum-selling, 25-year-old superstar, questioning her generosity.
“Taylor Swift giving 50,000 dollars to NYC schools is like me throwing a quarter at a homeless guy,” Twitter user @KatiePisarcik fumed Tuesday.
“Damn, she’s cheap,” another user @Delgado13 fired off.
But Swift fans like Raven Holmes, 16, of Brooklyn said the haters need to take a chill pill.
A lot of artists and musicians born in New York talk about representing the city, “but they don’t do anything for us,” said Holmes, a sophomore at Essex Street Academy on the Lower East Side. “She’s not even from New York and she’s giving back.”
Back in October, the singer-songwriter announced during an appearance on “The View” that she would donate all proceeds from “Welcome to New York” to the city’s public schools.
The pledge coincided with Swift being named the city’s Global Welcome Ambassador for tourists.
“It’s selling really well, which is good, because I’m donating all of my proceeds to New York City public schools,” said Swift, who moved to the city in 2014, purchasing a $20 million penthouse apartment in Tribeca.
“Welcome to New York” is on Swift’s “1989” album, which has sold more than 4 million copies.
The song was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America, which means it sold more than 500,000 copies in the U.S.
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Taylor Swift was named the city”s Global Welcome Ambassador for tourists in October.
Swift said she was inspired to write the song by the “endless possibilities” New York City offers.
“It feels like being unique is celebrated here,” she said.
Still, her ambassador appointment by New York & Company, the city’s official marketing and tourism organization, provoked critics to call her a carpetbagger.
Education officials declined to provide details of Swift’s donation formula, and the “Shake It Off” singer’s publicist would not offer specifics on future installments.
“We’re deeply appreciative of this kind gesture to donate her proceeds of the single ‘Welcome to New York’ to benefit New York public schools,” Education Department spokeswoman Devora Kaye said.
Swift has garnered a do-gooder’s reputation, having previously donated to charities and causes, including a $100,000 contribution to the Red Cross to help victims of a 2008 Iowa flood.
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