Well, it happened. Taylor Swift has broken her long-standing and long-celebrated silence about politics to tell us all that she supports Democrats in the upcoming election.
“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,” the country-turned-pop star wrote in a weekend Instagram post endorsing Tennessee Democratic candidates Phil Bredesen and Jim Cooper, whom she plans to vote for as a Tennessee resident.
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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! ???
“I believe in the fight for LGBTQ rights, and that any form of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender is WRONG,” she continues. “I believe that the systemic racism we still see in this country towards people of color is terrifying, sickening and prevalent.”
You mean to tell me that a major pop star has now joined most of the rest of her field in being a part-time water-carrier for the political Left? Color me shocked.
She was a lot more of a rebel when she didn’t bow to the pressure to tell everyone what her views on the politics of the day were. Here, many thought, was an entertainer who finally gets it: We don’t need you for a lecture; just give us the music.
But if we’re being candid about all this, the transition from welcome political silence to garden-variety political leftism pretty much mimics Swift’s musical transformation through her last two albums.
2014’s “1989” was a refreshing throwback to tones, tempos, and timbres of a bygone era in pop music that lyrically remained well within Swift’s wheelhouse narrative as a spurned lover and even brought that character into a new, post-teenage/early 20s realist maturation in songs like “Wildest Dreams,” “New Romantics,” and “Style.”
2017’s “Reputation” sought to take on the rest of the pop landscape in what one critic called “a public renegotiation, engaging pop music on its terms, not hers.” Having listened to the artist’s musical progression for over a decade, it’s hard for me to disagree with that assessment.
In both the musical situation and the political one, a brief and shining moment of truly refreshing originality was followed up by a wholly unsurprising work that that makes the casual observer wonder if her brand has any uniqueness whatsoever left. It’s an assimilation into trends she previously set herself apart from.
But hey, to borrow from the Chris Nolan “Batman” Trilogy, you either go out a rebel or stay in long enough to become a sellout to the Hollywood way. Now we start the countdown clock until she gets off a gas-guzzling charter plane to lecture us all about climate change.