A Taylor Swift fan is furious after he was refused entry to a Taylor Swift show due to his “LED light setup.” The superfan, Casey Fangmann, 25, has compared his situation to Ahmed Mohammed, the Texas high schooler who brought a clock he built to his school and was promptly suspended. The incident happened before Swift’s gig at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on September 28.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. It Took 6 Weeks for Fangmann to Build His Display
In an interview with the St. Louis Post Dispatch, Casey Fangmann said that he attended the concert with an LED light setup he made that honored Taylor Swift’s song “Bad Blood.” Fangmann says it took him six weeks to build.
2. Fangmann Thinks He Was Singled Out Because He Was a Single Man at a Swift Concert
When he arrived at the Scottrade Center, Fangmann was told by security that he wouldn’t be allowed in with his “set up,” reports the St. Louis Post Dispatch. Even after Fangmann offered up his equipment for a full inspection. He went back to his car to bring back his light show but was accosted by plain clothes officers who questioned him further. Fangmann maintained to the Post-Dispatch that he was only singled out because he was a single man at a Taylor Swift show. He said his girlfriend couldn’t attend because she had to study. Fangmann also attended the show on September 29.
3. After the Concert, Fangmann Said ‘I Feel Your Pain Ahmed’
On his Facebook page, Fangmann is likening his case to Ahmed Mohamed. In September 2015, the muslim Texas teenager was removed from his school by police and suspended after he brought a clock into his school. Mohamed had built the clock and wanted to show it off. In two separate posts after the Swift incident, Fangmann wrote “I was just asked to leave the premises of the scottrade center because of my LED display. I feel your pain Ahmed. #IsupportAhmed #EngineersForAhmed #TaylorSwift” and “Basically everything electronic has cables. Engineers are just the ones who know how to manipulate the cables to make magical things happen. #ISupportAhmed #EngineersForAhmed.”
4. He Was Awarded for His Environmental Work in College
He’s a graduate of Iowa State University where he became a Udall Scholar, giving him a grant to further his engineering for the environment initiatives. Fangmann said at the time “I am extremely honored to receive such a prestigious national award. It recognizes the amount of time and energy I have devoted to something I want to do for a living, and it helps confirm that what I am doing is making a real difference and that I can truly make a career out of it.” After winning the award, Fangmann toured the country to share his “passion for sustainability.” In 2013, he was featured in a video to promote a recycling plan at Iowa State.
5. He Isn’t the First Taylor Swift Superfan
It’s no wonder security at Taylor Swift gigs are skeptical about letting in potentially obsessed fans. In May 2013, TMZ reported that a Chicago man attempted to swim to her isolated Rhode Island home. Even more recently, in February 2014, an obsessed fan rushed the stage at a Swift concert and attempted to get at the singer.