Gotta say, we’re a little disappointed in Taylor Swift. Not because she is a Democrat – that doesn’t surprise us in the least – but because she was doing so well as one of the few celebrities who kept her political views to herself. With a strong fanbase still rooted in the country music world, perhaps Taylor thought it would just be easier and better for her career to keep her pro-Hillary nonsense to herself during the 2016 election. Maybe she simply wasn’t all that interested in politics and didn’t think enough about them to speak publicly. Maybe she simply viewed herself as an entertainer whose political ruminations were pretty much irrelevant to anything going on in the United States. Whatever the case was, she has now come out of the political closet…and Democrats are giddy.
“I’m writing this post about the upcoming midterm elections on November 6th, in which I’ll be voting in the state of Tennessee,” Swift wrote on Instagram this weekend. “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.”
Anyway, blah blah blah, she’s endorsing Democrat Phil Bredesen for the Senate and Jim Cooper for the House of Representatives.
The Washington Post found many Democrats who were over the moon about Swift’s sudden political enthusiasm.
“She’s a monumental influence with younger generations,” said Blake Kitterman of the Tennessee Young Democrats. “She has spoken up when she needed to, and I do think she has that momentum needed to push millennials to the polls.”
William Fotter, the vice president of the University of Arizona Democrats, told the paper that “young people are less party-oriented and more issue-oriented” and that by characterizing the elections as “an overall struggle for protecting human rights and dignity,” Swift would likely “make a huge difference.”
Um, we’re guessing…not.
At best, Swift just managed to turn off a huge portion of her fanbase that was so thankful to have one singer – ONE – who could keep her mouth shut about politics. Oh well.