Taylor Swift Vows to Use her Influence Against President Trump
In her new Netflix documentary, pop star Taylor Swift revealed that she promised to use her 126 million-strong social media followers to fight against Republicans in the upcoming 2020 elections.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Swift confirmed her plans to influence her huge fanbase to vote, “I think a lot of people are like me, where they just didn’t really know that this could happen. But I’m just focused on the 2020 election.” Swift added, “I’m really focused on it. I’m really focused on how I can help and not hinder. Because I also don’t want it to backfire again, because I do feel that the celebrity involvement with Hillary’s campaign was used against her in a lot of ways.”
In her documentary, an emotional Swift opened up about her regrets for not stepping up during the 2016 elections. This inspired the 30-year-old singer to endorse Sen. Tennessee Democrats Phil Bredesen, a Senate candidate, during the midterm elections.
Swift also called out Bredesen’s opponent, Republican Senator Marsha Blackburn, labeling her as “Trump in a wig.” A tearful Swift then said against the Senator, “She votes against the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, which is just basically protecting us from domestic abuse and stalking. Stalking. She thinks that if you’re a gay couple, or even if you look like a gay couple, you should be allowed to be kicked out of a restaurant. It’s really basic human rights, and it’s right and wrong at this point, and I can’t see another commercial and see her disguising these policies behind the words ‘Tennessee Christian values.’ Those aren’t Tennessee Christian values. I live in Tennessee. I am Christian. That’s not what we stand for.”
Swift had also released a new song, which was entitled “Only the Young,” in an effort to appeal to a younger audience and influence their decision to vote, by citing issues such as school shootings.
However, instead of fighting against Swift, Blackburn who was declared as the First Female Senator in Tenessee took the high road and responded that a part of her advocacy includes protecting artists and songwriters.
In her letter, Blackburn acknowledged Swift’s talent and success. The statement read “Taylor is an exceptionally gifted artist and songwriter, and Nashville is fortunate to be the center of her creative universe. While there are policy issues on which we may always disagree, we do agree on the need to throw the entertainment community’s collective influence behind legislation protecting songwriters, musicians, and artists from censorship, copyright theft, and profiteering. The Music Modernization Act was a huge win for creators, and the BOTS Act for fans. Growing support behind the AM-FM Act will close loopholes blocking compensation for radio play.”
“I welcome any further opportunities to work with Tennessee’s and the nation’s creative communities to protect intellectual property and ensure appropriate compensation for their creations,” Blackburn’s letter reads. “On that note, I wish Taylor the best—she’s earned it.”
Blackburn’s Music Modernization Act is an important move, as artists like Swift had raised grave concerns over people who had profited from her music.