Written by ZenKC on March 14, 2019
Taylor Swift doesn’t talk abou
t politics much, but sh e sure doe s seem t o suppor t the LGBT community in mor e way s than one.
This past year in her hometown of Tennessee Taylor posted on her Instagram account that ” in the midterm elections she would cast her vote based on the candidate that 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”.
Taylor is also known for bringing LGBTQ guest out during her concerts like the queen herself Ellen DeGeneres, Hayley Kiyoko, Tegan and Sara, Troye Sivan, Ricky Martin, Tove Lo, Todrick Hall and many more.
Taylor also has a habit of showing up unexpected to crash fans events. Recently Taylor arranged with Alexander Goldschmidt to surprise his fiancé, Ross Girard. Guests at their engagement party were treated to an unforgettable surprise acoustic performance of the couples favorite song King of My Heart.
She addressed the small crowd and told them Goldschmidt reached out to her. He explained to her what the song King of My Heart meant to him and Girard.
‘I’ve been off tour for a while but hopefully, it’s still all right,’ the singer said. ‘This is from Alex. It’s sung by me, but it’s from Alex.’
She then serenaded them with the aforementioned sentimental song.
Seems like Tayor is in full support of the LGBT community and is showing up to support LGBT people.
Six years ago Taylor told Time magazine “I don’t talk about politics because it might influence other people,” “And I don’t think that I know enough yet in life to be telling people who to vote for.”
On the day of the 2016 election, she urged fans to vote but did not reveal how she would cast her own ballot. “Who is Taylor Swift voting for?” was a top search on Google.
She inched closer to revealing a liberal orientation when she tweeted support for The Women’s March, saying: “So much love, pride, and respect for those who marched. I’m proud to be a woman today, and every day.”
That wasn’t enough for critics, who questioned why she didn’t attend. One writer called her comments a “craven” way of “reducing the political protest to a girl power party”.
Swift’s public neutrality allowed fans to project views on to her. She developed a following among white supremacists, who held her up as the ideal of white femininity. The singer’s lawyers went after one blogger. Critics wondered why she wouldn’t publicly denounce neo-Nazi fans.
Swift even sparked controversy with a short Instagram post marking her birthday at the end of 2017, where she said she “couldn’t have asked for a better year”. Those who saw little to celebrate in the first year of the Trump presidency begged to differ.
So it was no surprise that Swift’s decision to finally wade into politics sparked a backlash of its own. Those rightwing fans, for one, were incensed.
“Oh yay! Another literally retarded celebrity the left can fawn over while we make fun of her and them for being retarded,” wrote one poster on the often-controversial online message board 4chan.
“Taylor Swift just ended her entire career lmao,” [sic] another poster wrote. A third chimed in: “Guys I think those fucking cultists who torment [sic] us killed Taylor Swift and replaced her with a brain dead [non-playable character]. Those fuckers have gone too far this time. I will defend the honor of my lady Taylor Swift and find a way to return her to normal.”
Mainstream Republicans were also displeased, posting a response promising she would not be able to, in the words of one of her hits, “shake it off”.
“If you haven’t heard, multimillionaire pop star Taylor Swift came down from her ivory tower to tell hardworking Tennesseans to vote for Phil Bredesen,” said the post by the National Republican Senatorial Committee.
Charlie Kirk, president of conservative group Turning Point USA, tweeted: “You just endorsed a Democrat in the Tennessee Senate race with a ridiculous statement saying Marsha Blackburn, a woman, is against women. You have absolutely no idea what you are talking about.”
Later, Trump told reporters: “Marsha Blackburn is doing a very good job in Tennessee. She’s leading now substantially, which she should. She’s a tremendous woman. I’m sure Taylor Swift doesn’t know anything about her. Let’s say that I like Taylor’s music about 25% less now, OK?”
Swift found support as well. Spinal Tap director Rob Reiner said on Twitter: “A big shout out to Taylor Swift for speaking out. You can single-handedly change this country. Impress on your fans how critical and powerful their voices are. If you get them to the polls on Nov 6, everything you care about will be protected.”
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Bredesen thanked the pop star, tweeting: “I’m honored to have your support and that of so many Tennesseans who are ready to put aside the partisan shouting and get things done. We’re ready for it.”
The Democrat also taunted his opponent with lyrics from Look What You Made Me Do, a hit on Swift’s last album, Reputation.
“@VoteMarsha, look what you made her do,” Bredesen tweeted at Blackburn. “@taylorswift13 doesn’t like your little games and she wants Tennesseans to know that you’ve been in the swamp long enough. It’s time for some fresh air up in Washington.”
Swift’s history with rapper Kanye West – who memorably interrupted her speech at an awards show and has become a prominent Trump supporter – also provided plenty of grist for delighted Democrats.
Scott Dworkin, the co-founder of the anti-Trump Democratic Coalition, wrote: “Taylor Swift just took the mic from Kanye.”
Celebrity endorsements, however, do not always guarantee an edge. In 2016, Hillary Clinton was supported by Jay-Z and Beyoncé in Ohio, Bruce Springsteen in Pennsylvania and Jennifer Lopez in Florida. All three states went for Trump.
Well, it looks like these days with Taylor about to turn 30 in December that she has made it pretty clear on where she stands in supporting the LGBT community and has moved full steam ahead vs. the article the Time magazine wrote six years ago.
In 2018 This songstress was known for giving speeches in support of Pride Month and the LGBTQ community during concerts. “It’s very brave to be vulnerable about your feelings in any sense, in any situation, but it’s even more brave to be honest about your feelings and who you love when you know that it might be met with adversity from society,” “And so this month and every month I want to send my love and respect to everybody who has been brave enough, to be honest about how they feel, to live their lives as they are, as they feel they should be, as they identify. And this is a month where I think we need to celebrate how far we’ve come, but I think we also need to acknowledge how far we still have left to go.”
“I want to send my love and respect to everybody who, in their journey in their life, hasn’t felt comfortable enough to come out. And may you do that on your own time and may we end up in a world where everyone can live and love equally and no one has to be afraid to be vulnerable to say how they feel,” Swift said.
“Because when it comes to feelings and when it comes to love and searching for someone to spend your whole life with, it’s all just really, really delicate.”
I say welcome aboard. We need all the support we can get. And who am I to challenge a pop icon with 120m Instagram Followers.
You can currently catch the Reputation Tour on Netflix. The Reputation doc was shot on the final night of the U.S. run, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, with 60,000 fans singing along with every word, right down to every last “isn’t it?” in “Delicate.”
Swift is an artist who knows she doesn’t need special effects — she can get up there with just her acoustic guitar or piano and slay, any night she chooses. All she needs is her songs, and she’s sitting on a songbook full of gold classics.