30 November, 2015 - NME.com
A young Taylor Swift fan who suffers from a condition which leads to hearing loss has achieved her dream of meeting the pop star following an online campaign.
Jorja Hope, 12, has a condition which causes "progressive, inner-ear hearing loss" and eventual deafness. Upon learning of the diagnosis, Hope's first fear was that she "won't be able to hear Taylor Swift sing".
An online campaign was launched in hope that Swift would meet with the young fan, with the pair eventually meeting at Swift's concert in Sydney on Saturday (November 28).
"She was very, very amazing and very pretty," Hope said after meeting Swift. "I didn't expect her to be as tall as she was."
Of the show, she continued: "It was very, very fun. We danced all night.’
We did it! #helpjorjameettaylorswiftsydney https://t.co/ZcVcZVMmbN @taylorswift13 @taylornation13 pic.twitter.com/6S2F75FFNo— MaitlandMercury (@MaitlandMercury) November 29, 2015
Meanwhile, Swift’s film crew have responded to claims that they harmed and unsettled rare birds during a video shoot last week (November 23) at Bethells Beach in New Zealand.
Campaigners have accused Cherokee Films of disregarding council permits and taking too many vehicles onto the beach where many rare dotterel birds have their nests.
Cherokee Films have issued a full statement responding to the claims and explaining that Swift was not connected to the planning of the film shoot.
"Taylor Swift and her management team were in no way at fault and did not do anything that violated permits or ordinances."
"Cherokee Films were filming at Bethells Beach on Monday 23rd November where a base camp was set up on private land which allowed for access to the beach. We had permission from the landowners and paid a fee for use of the land."
"At no time were the film crew close to that habitat," Cherokee Films said. "No dotterel were harmed."
"Cherokee Films has a long history of responsible film shoots across Auckland, including Bethells Beach, where we have filmed many times. Our shoots have always been with the guidance and support of the relevant local authority - most recently Screen Auckland and Parks - and landowners.
"In acknowledgement of the concern this has added to those in charge of protecting local dotterel population Cherokee Films will make a donation to the breeding program as we support your concerns. Cherokee Films is working with Screen Auckland to resolve this issue."