Taylor Swift Breaks Her Political Silence with Game-Changing Statement
The times, they are a-changin.’
We’ve bemoaned middle state favorite Taylor Swift’s political reticence for years (years!). Of all the pop stars whose influence could actually make a difference politically, the country crooner-turned-pop princess tops the list.
Despite her popularity in red and swing states (or perhaps because of it), the 28-year-old has stayed mum on all matters of national urgency over the years, a stance that became glaringly obvious ahead of the hotly debated 2016 election.
But now, at long last, Swift has broken her silence. In a game-changing statement, the singer explained that “due to several events in my life and in the world in the past two years,” she’s changed her attitude toward public political involvement.
“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,” Swift continued. “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.”
Taylor went on to discuss Tennessee’s senatorial candidates, throwing her support behind Democrat Phil Bredesen.
“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."
She continues with a plea for her followers to "Please, please educate yourself on the candidates running in your state and vote based on who most closely represents your values," and a call-to-action for those who can to register to vote.
"October 9th is the LAST DAY to register to vote in the state of TN," she wrote. "Go to vote.org and you can find all the info. Happy Voting!”
As Twilight Zone-esque as Taylor’s comment feels, it's encouraging to hear her finally using her voice — not to mention, her massive platform — to promote her beliefs.