To start this article off, I feel like it’s important to say that I’ve always been a huge “Swiftie.” I’ve been a huge fan of Taylor’s since my middle school years, which was shockingly about 10 years ago. I attended her Fearless tour in the front row, and also went to her reputation tour.
I’ve always bought her merchandise or had it gifted to me, from her debut album to Lover, including multiple copies of CDs, autographed items, clothing, and more. It’s safe to say that I am what many would consider a huge fan of hers.
One of the aspects that I always loved about Taylor was that she stayed silent about politics. She kept everything about music and fun aspects of her life, like her adorable cats. Taylor Swift was a way for me to escape the crazy world of politics when I wanted to.
When Taylor first spoke about politics during the 2016 election, I still respected the way that she went about it. She simply encouraged people to vote without endorsing a specific candidate. I really loved that, because it is important for everyone to vote in any election, no matter where they stand on the political spectrum.
Then, Taylor Swift publicly spoke out against Marsha Blackburn, who is now a U.S. Senator from Tennessee and is a Republican. Taylor then endorsed the Democratic candidate, Phil Bredesen. This is where I started to lose some respect for her.
Taylor has every right to vote for whomever she chooses. That’s the right she has as a U.S. citizen. She also has the right to speak for or endorse a candidate, if she so chooses. However, the thing that disappoints me is the fact that she felt like she had to do it.
When a celebrity publicly endorses a candidate, some of their followers who otherwise have no interest in politics, are going to go out there and vote for that candidate simply because they want to follow what the celebrity says. I know this is true because, had I not been so involved and interested in politics, I may have listened to Taylor Swift just because she’s Taylor Swift.
Since then, Taylor has spoken up more and more about politics. It’s getting to the point where that’s what she’s becoming known for, and I genuinely hate it. I miss not knowing where she stood politically and just enjoying her music. It just makes me sad.
Taylor Swift recently did another Rolling Stone interview, and got into politics quite a bit. Here’s a breakdown of her political mentions in the interview, as well as my thoughts on them.
When asked about the “girl squad”:
“I thought it was going to be we can still stick together, just like men are allowed to do. The patriarchy allows men to have bro packs. If you’re a male artist, there’s an understanding that you have respect for your counterparts.”
Why bring up “the patriarchy” at all? Honestly, I don’t even get what she was trying to say here other than “women can’t do what men are allowed to do,” which just isn’t true.
The reason that you don’t see people complaining about “bro packs,” is because you never hear about their drama. With Taylor’s “girl squad,” there was constant drama, and it eventually came to an end. How is the patriarchy to blame for that in any way?
When asked about her song, Miss Americana and the Heartbreak Prince
“It’s also the idea of people who live in America, who just want to live their lives, make a living, have a family, love who they love, and watching those people lose their rights, or watching those people feel not at home in their home. I have that line ‘I see the high-fives between the bad guys’ because not only are some really racist, horrific undertones now becoming overtones in our political climate, but the people who are representing those concepts and that way of looking at the world are celebrating loudly, and it’s horrific.”
There’s so much to say here. For starters, I completely missed the political undertone to the song the first time I listened to it. I thought it was just a fun, catchy song using high school to relate to her modern-day romance. I quickly realized the undertones after listening to it a few more times, though.
As for her statement, I’m just confused again. She mentions how people are losing their rights and not feeling at home. Who is she talking about? America is still the land of the free and the home of the brave. We all have equal rights here.
Could we do more to discuss the issue of individuals being racist, homophobic, sexist, etc.? Sure. But to say that certain individuals have no rights, and that people are celebrating that, is just completely false.
When asked about a white-supremacist site suggesting she was “on their team”
“We were in such an amazing time when Obama was president because foreign nations respected us. We were so excited to have this dignified person in the White House. My first election was voting for him when he made it into office, and then voting to re-elect him. 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. I’m really focused on it.”
Again, so much to say about this. This is the part of the interview that made me the most mad.
She praises Obama because “foreign nations respected us.” Who is she talking about? Foreign nations left us alone during his presidency because they knew they had control over us with Obama in power. That’s the opposite of respect, that’s control and disrespect.
I’m not saying that Obama did nothing to help our foreign relations, because he did. He aided in taking out Bin Laden, disengaged from fights in the Middle East, and focused our resources to Asia. However, he also embraced our enemies and strained our relationships with allies, such as Israel.
Trump on the other hand (who Taylor is talking about, but never directly mentions), also has his victories and failures thus far. However, to basically say that foreign nations don’t respect us anymore because of him alone is false.
Foreign nations have returned to respecting us, because Trump doesn’t back down and stands up for America. He has fought terrorists, expanded our military, and taken an “America first” approach. Obviously, not everyone is going to agree with this ideology, but we cannot say that foreign nations no longer respect us. Besides, he reconciled our feud with Kim Jong Un, which is a huge feat in itself.
When talking about Democrats vs. Republicans
“I do think, as a party, we need to be more of a team. With Republicans, if you’re wearing that red hat, you’re one of them. And if we’re going to do anything to change what’s happening, we need to stick together. We need to stop dissecting why someone’s on our side or if they’re on our side in the right way or if they phrased it correctly. We need to not have the right kind of Democrat and the wrong kind of Democrat. We need to just be like, “You’re a Democrat? Sick. Get in the car. We’re going to the mall.”
There are so many things wrong with what she said here.
It is completely false that we, as Republicans, accept anyone “wearing that red hat,” a.k.a. a Trump “Make America Great Again” hat, if you didn’t catch that. There are many Republicans who don’t support everything Trump says and does, and wouldn’t be caught dead wearing that red hat. Likewise, there are many people who wear that red hat that are so far to the right, that many of us don’t consider ourselves to be of the same party.
Taylor, you’re not a Republican. Do not speak for us. You don’t want us to generalize Democrats, so don’t generalize us. Republicans come in all races and sexes. Some of us wear that red hat, and some of us don’t. Someone isn’t a true Republican because they support Trump, they’re a Republican because of their ideologies.
Also, why are you saying that you need to stick together just because someone’s a Democrat? Just because someone claims to be a Democrat, doesn’t mean they’re your kind of Democrat. There are Democrats out there who voted for Trump. Would you consider them on your team?
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All in all, I obviously have a lot of feelings about what Taylor said in the interview. I still respect Taylor Swift as a singer-songwriter, but I just want her to stay out of politics. It’s one thing to go out and encourage people to become involved and vote, but Taylor has started to completely alienate anyone who is a conservative, Republican, or supports Trump. I’ve started to feel like Taylor wouldn’t accept me as a fan because of my views. That really hurts, because I’ve been a fan for most of my life.
Jessica is a freelance writer who lives in Maryland with her boyfriend. She loves the color pink, golden retrievers, and football. Her dream is to be a stay-at-home mom one day!