The race that stops the nation managed to snag one of its biggest headliners ever this year. Taylor Swift will perform at the 2019 Melbourne Cup, singing two songs from her latest album Lover at the November 5 race day.
According to event organisers, this will be her only public appearance in Australia on the trip.
"I can't wait to come to Melbourne, and I can't wait to come to the Melbourne Cup," the 29-year-old singer told the Herald Sun. "I've heard so much about the race."
While many Aussie fans were quick to celebrate the news of her upcoming arrival on our shores, not all Swifties were pleased with the circumstances bringing her here.
"As a stan I usually blindly support everything taylor swift does but I just can't get behind her singing at the Melbourne Cup," tweeted former Buzzfeed Australia editor Jemima Skelley, sharing another fan's passionate explainer of why the race is "problematic." "It's passive support of a terrible corrupt industry and I just hope she's uninformed."
Other fans pointed out the frequency of horse deaths at the event and allegations of animal cruelty regarding the industry as a whole.
The Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses likewise condemned the appearance, asking Swift to say "#NupToTheCup" on Facebook.
"Taylor Swift has put money before compassion by agreeing to perform at the 2019 Melbourne Cup. An event where at least 6 horses have been KILLED over the past 6 years. With such huge success already, she could easily afford to not only say NO, but use the opportunity to help the horses by speaking up against horse cruelty in the racing industry," the Australian group posted.
"Horses are being killed for gambling profits and entertainment. If Taylor Swift cares at all about other animals the way she appears to care about cats, she will cancel her show and make a strong statement that animal abuse is unacceptable."
Swift has yet to publicly address the backlash.