Taylor Swift Goes Political, Endorses Tennessee Democrats
While other celebrities have interpreted their talent for music or acting as a qualification to lecture the masses on politics, superstar Taylor Swift always smartly avoided making any sort of political statement. Despite recent speculation about her politics and even pressure -- yes, pressure -- to publicly denounce Trump, she kept her politics out of the spotlight … until last night. Swift has taken to Instagram to make two political endorsements ahead of the midterm elections.
“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,” Taylor wrote. “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 went on to attack Marsha Blackburn, who is running for U.S. Senate in Tennessee, Swift's home state. According to her, Blackburn's voting record in Congress “terrifies” her. Swift continued with boilerplate left-wing talking points: “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.” Taylor then endorsed Phil Bredesen for Senate (who recently said he would have voted to confirm Brett Kavanaugh) and Jim Cooper for the House of Representatives.
As a fan of Taylor Swift, I found this statement extremely disappointing, and not because I deluded myself into thinking that she was a closet conservative. I've long suspected Taylor and I don't agree on much politically. Aside from her well-documented fascination with the Kennedy family, she's friends with Lena Dunham, a liberal lunatic who admitted to inappropriately touching her own sister and fabricated a story about being raped while at college. Taylor hasn't exactly been keeping the greatest company in recent years. But, still, I respected her decision to be silent. For her, it was good business to just shut up about politics and sing.
Look at what politics is doing to the entertainment and sports industries. Movie ticket sales are at a 25-year low; the Murphy Brown reboot, which promised to be political, debuted to mediocre ratings; and NFL viewership and attendance are also down. Swift is already on thin ice with her fans over her ridiculously expensive concert ticket prices. Does she think her conservative fans are going to shell out hundreds of dollars per ticket to see in her concert if they think she hates them?