Taylor Swift Stirs Debate By Getting Political
Taylor Swift showed how powerful her voice can be when she waded into American politics late Sunday.
The pop star took to Instagram – where she has 112 million followers – to share her views on the midterm race between Democrat Phil Bredesen and Republican Marsha Blackburn in Swift’s home state of Tennessee.
“In the past I’ve been reluctant to publicly voice my political opinions,” Swift admitted in an Instagram post, “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.”
Swift said despite supporting women who are running for public office, she can’t bring herself to cast a ballot for Blackburn because her voting record “appalls and terrifies me.”
The singer declared she will vote for Bredesen for Senate and fellow Democrat Jim Cooper for Congress.
Swift also urged her U.S. fans to educate themselves on their candidates “and vote based on who most closely represents your values.”
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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! 🗳😃🌈
Her message came just one day ahead of the deadline to register to vote in Tennessee – and reaction was, well, swift.
“Let’s say that I like Taylor’s music about 25 per cent less now, OK?,” U.S. president Donald Trump told reporters, after saying Swift “doesn’t know anything” about Blackburn.
Republican former governor Mike Huckabee tweeted that Swift’s endorsements “won’t impact election unless we allow 13 yr old girls to vote.”
Religious blowhard Charlie Kirk tweeted at Swift: “You have absolutely no idea what you are talking about Your career has never recovered since Kanye ended it.”
Haters gonna hate, hate, hate.
In fact, many people on social media saw Swift’s political statement as the moment she took the mic back from Kanye West.
“Someone should probably start a support group for those of us who originally picked the wrong side of the Kanye/Taylor Swift debate,” tweeted writer Kashana Cauley.
Kara R. Brown tweeted: “If you had told me two years ago Kanye would be running around in a MAGA hat while Taylor Swift was endorsing democratic candidates, I would have smacked you to the ground and stolen your wallet for wasting my time.”
And, Roxane Gay shared: “So... Kanye is MAGA and Taylor Swift is endorsing Democrats in TN. This screening of Interstellar 2 is fascinating. Buy a lottery ticket. Anything is possible in this timeline.”
Swift got support on Twitter from stars like Debra Messing and Alyssa Milano. YouTube celebrity Tyler Oakley said he was “grateful” that Swift spoke up. “Hope this is just the beginning,” he tweeted.
“Sending you so much love and respect,” Ellen DeGeneres tweeted at the singer.
According to reports, there was a spike in voter registration in Tennessee on Monday.