Pop megastar Taylor Swift has ended her conspicuous silence on the state of politics in the United States, telling her millions of fans that she will be voting for Democratic candidates at the upcoming midterm elections.
Taking to Instagram, the 28-year-old posted a lengthy comment explaining her choice to remain mum amid the past few years of political turmoil in her home country, and her current vow to back Tennessee’s Phil Bredesen in the Senate and Jim Cooper in the House of Representatives.
“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,” Swift wrote.
Voicing her concern over the erosion of LGBTIQ rights and endemic racism, Swift said she’d vote against incumbent Republican Senator Marsha Blackburn.
“These are not MY Tennessee values,” Swift said.
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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! ????????????
The musician has faced fan scrutiny in recent years for not using her considerable platform to speak on political issues impacting her fanbase, while contemporaries like Beyoncé, Katy Perry, Lana Del Rey and Lady Gaga have been vocal proponents – and opponents – of various political contenders.
Swift’s statement that many “may never find a candidate or party with whom we agree 100% on every issue” seems particularly pertinent considering her support of Bredesen.
The Democrat was recently criticised for supporting the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, despite a compelling allegation of sexual assault levelled against him.
Discussing the testimony of Dr Christine Blasey Ford, who told the Senate Judiciary Committee that Kavanaugh attempted to rape her while they were both still in high school, Bredesen told a Nashville TV show “I just sort of felt like it didn’t rise to the level of you would disqualify somebody from the Supreme Court based on that stuff.”
Swift’s post marks an interesting development in a career which has appeared as well-manicured and apolitical as possible in the current political climate. Just don’t expect her to chuck on a sing-song at the next Bernie Sanders speaking event.
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