Taylor Swift Stans (aka “Swifties”) and government officials are putting Ticketmaster into overdrive as they accuse the platform of not doing enough to meet requirements.
It all started when Taylor announced that she would soon embark on a tour that would take participants on “a journey through the musical eras of [her] career.”
Swiftie Presale Madness followed
When the pre-sale tickets went live on Tuesday, total chaos ensued as people scrambled to secure their seats to see the ‘All Too Well’ artist live.
Ticketmaster eventually crashed due to an influx of Swifties, which the platform described in a tweet as “historically unprecedented demand.”
— Ticketmaster (@Ticketmaster) November 15, 2022
Understandably, Twitter was soon full of disgruntled Swifties expressing how utterly impossible it was to actually secure tickets for Taylor Swift.
Taylor Swift’s ticket presale is proof the Hunger Games could actually happen in real life
— Abi (@abiwilk_) November 15, 2022
I want Taylor Swift to try and get tickets to her own show herself
— brie 🌈🍇🌙✨ (@bettykissitbttr) November 15, 2022
Not now is sweet mommy standing behind over 2000 people in line for Taylor Swift tickets pic.twitter.com/TY1yDm6CqG
— jordan goes on eras tour 4/14 (@kinggoodies_) November 15, 2022
Waited in line @taylorswift13 Tickets for 8 hours today. and @SeatGeek charged me more than 14 times for tickets that I could never buy. So now my bank accounts (happened on multiple tickets) are frozen, I’m broke, my accounts are overdrawn and I got NO tickets 😭😭 pic.twitter.com/OlbDiwPVr2
— Sydney Wallace (@SydneySarah1) November 16, 2022
Girls don’t want boyfriends or girlfriends, they want Taylor Swift concert tickets
— The Eras Tour (@tswifterastour) November 16, 2022
Taylor Swift concert tickets are like PS5s for women
— Ali (@aliiscrying) November 15, 2022
Tennessee Attorney General is investigating Taylor Swift’s Ticketmaster presale
With so much discussion surrounding the Ticketmaster situation, it’s no surprise that it has attracted the attention of some notable political figures.
Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (DN.Y.) took to Twitter on Tuesday to call Ticketmaster a “monopoly” that should be dismantled.
Daily reminder that Ticketmaster is a monopoly, its merger with LiveNation should never have been approved and they must be curbed.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) November 15, 2022
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) November 15, 2022
It’s no secret that Live Nation-Ticketmaster is an unaudited monopoly.
— Congressman David N. Cicilline (@RepCicilline) November 15, 2022
In fact, Swifties drew so much attention to the Ticketmaster situation that Tennessee Attorney General Jonathan Skrmetti (R) stepped in and announced he would open an investigation. WSMV reports.
Tennessee Attorney General Jonathan Skrmetti is concerned about consumer complaints related to @Ticketmaster‘s presale of @taylorswift13 concert tickets. He and his consumer protection team will use all available means to ensure that no consumer protection laws have been violated.
— Attorney General of TN (@AGTennessee) November 16, 2022
He further explained his intentions at a press conference on Wednesday.
“If it’s a consumer protection violation and we can figure out exactly where the problems are, we can get a court order that will make the company better. This ensures that the problems that happened yesterday don’t happen again,” explained Skrmetti. “I would hope that the company would do everything possible to ensure that customers have a much smoother and fairer experience from today.”
After being firmly placed in the hot seat, Ticketmaster’s released representatives addressed the controversy expression on Thursday and promised to do better in the future.
“We are constantly working to improve the ticket buying experience. Especially for high sales requirements that keep pushing new boundaries,” the statement reads. “While it’s impossible for everyone to get tickets to these shows, we know there’s more we can do to improve the experience and that’s our focus.”
Greg Maffi – the CEO of Liberty Media, which is affiliated with Ticketmaster, according to CNBC– also spoke about the situation. In particular, he apparently tried to blame factors outside of Ticketmaster itself.
“Reality, it’s a function of the massive demand that Taylor Swift has. The page should open to 1.5 million verified Taylor Swift fans. We had 14 million visitors to the site – including bots, another story, who weren’t supposed to be there,” Maffi shared.
However, for those who were unable to secure their pre-sale tickets for the Eras Tour, there is still hope as tickets for the are on sale general public from Friday.
What are your thoughts on the Ticketmaster situation?
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