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Taylor Swift breaks political silence in favour of Democrats

8th October 2018

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Coming a day after the American Senate controversially confirmed Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, with the travesty breeding a new Pussyhat backlash and with Orange Don on the offensive saying the sex assault claims made against Kavanaugh were “all made up” it seems her can’t shake it off image as the alt-rights ideal Aryan woman (broadly.vice.com, May 2016) is an association she can longer afford that trumps her desire for public impartiality:

“I’m writing this post about the upcoming midterm elections…”, Taylor Swift on Instagram”
(Instagram)

Taylor Swift breaks political silence in favour of Democrats (bbc.co.uk).

Publicly endorsing two Democrats for the upcoming US mid-term elections next month and writing on Instagram that “I always will cast my vote based on which candidate will protect and fight for the human rights I believe we all deserve”.

The 28-year-old says events in “the past two years” have meant she’s no longer reluctant to share her views.

Putting on record in her post that “I believe in the fight for LGBT rights, and that any form of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender is wrong” and that “I believe that the systemic racism we still see in this country towards people of colour is terrifying, sickening and prevalent” and speaking out against Marsha Blackburn, the Republican candidate who is currently elected in her home state of Tennessee.

It certainly shows how opinion of Tay and Ye—the troubled 13th Amendment misunderstanding (cnn.com) artist and tailor formally known as Kanye West—has been upended since that infamous 2009 MTV VMA’s moment when he snatched the mic from her to proclaim that Beyoncé should have got that award:

“Taylor Swift just took the mic back from Kanye”

Updated 10th October 2018

Taylor Swift sets stage alight with explosive opening to cheering crowd at American Music Awards after losing President Trump as a fan with political post (dailymail.co.uk).

The singer lit the stage alight with a pyrotechnic-filled rendition of I Did Something Bad.
“They say I did something bad / 
Then why’s it feel so good?”, Taylor Swift opening the 2018 Video Music Awards

Her first awards show performance in almost three years and her actions two days previous good publicity it could be argued, leaving Orange Don to counter that he now “likes Taylor Swift 25% less” (bbc.co.uk) leaving all in horror that he too may still at some point still choreograph his version of Shake It Off in front of his bathroom mirror.

Voter registration reportedly spikes after Taylor Swift post (cnn.com).

“We are up to 65,000 registrations in a single 24-hour period since T. Swift’s post,” [Kamari Guthrie, director of communications for the nonprofit Vote.org] said.

Certainly likely to bring in much of the Gen Z vote, much as Stormzy has for Corbyn’s hard-left Labour in the UK.

Troubled Tom says “who the heck is Taylor Swift?”
Taylor Swift, 2018 American Music Awards Artist of the Year acceptance speech

Taylor Swift calls on fans to vote during AMA acceptance speech (cnn.com).

Taylor Swift used her acceptance speech for artist of the year at the American Music Awards on Tuesday night to encourage her fans to vote.

Telling the audience: “It is the midterm elections on November 6. Get out and vote. I love you guys.”

Updated 7th November 2018

Marsha Blackburn shakes off Taylor Swift’s intervention to win in Tennessee (yahoo.com).

Marsha Blackburn, image: AP Photo/Mark Humphrey via Yahoo article
Marsha Blackburn, image: AP Photo/Mark Humphrey via Yahoo article

With Democrats in the midterm elections winning control of the House of Representatives but Republicans consolidating their hold on the Senate allowing both to claim victory.

The result should not come as a surprise as Tennessee, in the US South, is considered a safe Republican state.

In presidential elections it has voted with the Republicans since 2000 and in 2016 60% of voters opted for Donald Trump.

Perhaps content to have at least make a stand and have her position now known.

Updated 23rd August 2019

And indeed, with her new album Loverout today, addressing the issue of her former silence broadside on the unfortunate orange face and hair of Americaover which those with larger advocatory mouths had called her out (consequenceofsound.net, Jun. 2018) and expressing her disillusionment with American values in an interview with the Guardian:

Taylor Swift: Trump thinks his presidency is an autocracy (theguardian.com).

The 29-year-old songwriter said she began feeling conflicted about what the US stood for when “all the dirtiest tricks in the book were used and it worked”. The Pennsylvania-born musician described the atmosphere in her home country as “gaslighting the American public into being like, ‘If you hate the president, you hate America.’”

And suggesting that her “ her political awakening” was anything but the redpilling the younger virtual Redditting and 4channing basket full of incel deporables had hoped, suggesting that intimidating nationalistic “atmosphere” has indeed bloomed into neo-fascistism:

Of Donald Trump’s presidency, she said: “We’re a democracy—at least, we’re supposed to be—where you’re allowed to disagree, dissent, debate. I really think that he thinks this is an autocracy.”

And explaining that her silence had been result of “personal turbulence ” and those “high-profile argument” which would set the theme for her Reputation album which had left her feeling “unable to be in the public eye”.

She said her negative public image at the time made her feel “just useless. And maybe even like a hindrance”, adding that she felt ”really remorseful for not saying anything”. She confirmed that she would otherwise have endorsed Hillary Clinton for president.”

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