“In the past I’ve been reluctant to publicly voice my political opinions ... I feel very differently about that now.”
Throughout Taylor Swift’s career she’s been criticized for not speaking out about politics. Given the tremendous power she has over young people, many feel she should use her massive platform to speak out against Donald Trump.
Given Swift’s country roots and support in America’s heartland, it’s understandable that she’d sidestep the third rail of politics, but for some, Swift’s silence has equaled complicity.
“I’m not gonna sit here and go into my political views cause that’s not what I chose to do. I chose to do music,” Swift has said.
Over the past few years, Swift has supported women’s rights and gay marriage, but those stances are hardly controversial in 2018. In 2009, she gave a perfectly-worded response to the election of Barack Obama.
“I’ve never seen this country so happy about a political decision in my entire time of being alive,” Swift said in 2009 without mentioning Obama’s name. “I’m so glad this was my first election.”
But on Sunday, October 7, Swift took to Instagram to break her political silence by endorsing two Democrats in the November midterm elections. “I will be voting for Phil Bredesen for Senate and Jim Cooper for House of Representatives,” she wrote.
Swift said she will not vote for Republican senator Marsha Blackburn because of her discriminatory voting record.
“She voted against equal pay for women,” Swift wrote. “She voted against the Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, which attempts to protect women from domestic violence, stalking, and date rape. She believes businesses have a right to refuse service to gay couples. She also believes they should not have the right to marry. These are not MY Tennessee values.”
I’m writing this post about the upcoming midterm elections on November 6th, in which I’ll be voting in the state of Tennessee. In the past I’ve been reluctant to publicly voice my political opinions, but due to several events in my life and in the world in the past two years, I feel very differently about that now. I always have and always will cast my vote based on which candidate will protect and fight for the human rights I believe we all deserve in this country. I believe in the fight for LGBTQ rights, and that any form of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender is WRONG. I believe that the systemic racism we still see in this country towards people of color is terrifying, sickening and prevalent. I cannot vote for someone who will not be willing to fight for dignity for ALL Americans, no matter their skin color, gender or who they love. Running for Senate in the state of Tennessee is a woman named Marsha Blackburn. As much as I have in the past and would like to continue voting for women in office, I cannot support Marsha Blackburn. Her voting record in Congress appalls and terrifies me. She voted against equal pay for women. She voted against the Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, which attempts to protect women from domestic violence, stalking, and date rape. She believes businesses have a right to refuse service to gay couples. She also believes they should not have the right to marry. These are not MY Tennessee values. I will be voting for Phil Bredesen for Senate and Jim Cooper for House of Representatives. Please, please educate yourself on the candidates running in your state and vote based on who most closely represents your values. For a lot of us, we may never find a candidate or party with whom we agree 100% on every issue, but we have to vote anyway. So many intelligent, thoughtful, self-possessed people have turned 18 in the past two years and now have the right and privilege to make their vote count. But first you need to register, which is quick and easy to do. October 9th is the LAST DAY to register to vote in the state of TN. Go to vote.org and you can find all the info. Happy Voting!
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Swift’s endorsement in the Tennessee senate race could have huge implications. According to Real Clear Politics, Blackburn currently has a two-point lead over Bredesen.
Swift’s endorsement also comes with a call to action for young Tennesseans to get out the vote. “So many intelligent, thoughtful, self-possessed people have turned 18 in the past two years and now have the right and privilege to make their vote count,” Swift wrote.
October 9 is the last day to register to vote in the state of Tennessee before the midterms.
In her post, Swift took a veiled swipe at Trump, saying that the events of the “past two years” have made it difficult for her to remain silent about politics.
“I always have and always will cast my vote based on which candidate will protect and fight for the human rights I believe we all deserve in this country,” she wrote. “I believe in the fight for LGBTQ rights, and that any form of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender is WRONG. I believe that the systemic racism we still see in this country towards people of color is terrifying, sickening and prevalent.”
Time will tell if Swift becomes the victim of a heartland backlash like the Dixie Chicks back in 2003.
Here’s how social media is handling the new, woke Taylor.
Now that Taylor Swift has supported equality, her career is over. Just like Beyoncé, Katy Perry, Bruce Springsteen, Madonna, U2, Paul McCartney, Lady Gaga, Coldplay, Pink, The Clash, Pearl Jam, John Lennon, R.E.M., Cher, Adele, Neil Young, Willie Nelson, Radiohead, Dave Matthews,— Jason Narducy (@SplitSingleband) October 8, 2018\n
Taylor Swift says she'll be voting for Tennessee Democrats in the midterm elections. Your thoughts? pic.twitter.com/9syHyV9Zz5— Ainsley Earhardt (@ainsleyearhardt) October 8, 2018\n
Dems, you may be excited about Taylor Swift right now. But tell me it was worth it when it ends and she writes the break up song.— Casey Mattox (@CaseyMattox_) October 8, 2018\n
Taylor Swift waiting til 2018 to choose a side like she’s America in World War II— Chase Mitchell (@ChaseMit) October 8, 2018\n
Kanye is Down with MAGA and Taylor Swift is a Democrat....we are in the upsidedown— CMP Beatscraftmaster3) October 8, 2018\n
i like that conservatives thought taylor swift was really a secret conservative because the understanding is that there is great shame in being a conservative— Matt Binder (@MattBinder) October 8, 2018\n
GOP refuses to call to boycott Taylor Swift for fear she may write a song about them.— Coldhands (@Coldhands2) October 8, 2018\n
Do the republicans not realize how powerful Taylor Swift is? Apple Music charged their entire policy because of her, and she has been on top of the world since 2008. The republicans are so threatened by a powerful female like Taylor Swift..— k(la)owee (@blessedswift) October 8, 2018\n