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I have always hated the idea that I can’t be a fan of someone because they’re a Democrat or that a Democrat couldn’t be a fan of someone because they’re Republican. It’s the same way I hate people boycotting companies for things because they believe one way and you believe another. I understand why you wouldn’t want to give your money to something that you didn’t believe in, but being a fan of someone isn’t the same. Someone standing up for what they believe doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate their art, music, clothes, shoes, or food. 

To give the most recent example, Taylor Swift has become more vocal, leading people to believe that she is a Democrat. Many on the right have denounced her and claimed she is evil for speaking for her opinion. While I love the idea of celebrities using their platform to encourage voter education, that’s, unfortunately, not currently the case.   

While Taylor Swift has encouraged her audience to go vote against a Tennessee Republican, I am still going to jam to her music and listen to her album.

I will still go see her in concert.

I don’t love Taylor Swift because of her politics but because of her music, her lyrics, her sweet personality, her ability to connect with her fans, and her passion for her music.

Taylor Swift has embraced heartache, joy, diversity, love, confidence, etc. and has written those feelings we all experience into songs that many of us know and love. 

My love of her songs doesn’t change simply because of who she votes for. And I don’t think it should. The same way we say “real friends wouldn’t stop being your friend because of who you are politically.” That should hold true about celebrities too.

I don’t support everything President Donald Trump does, but I will still vote for him.

I don’t agree with everything my fiance says, but I still love him and want to be with him.

I’m not sure why it’s such a big deal to be a fan of someone you disagree with politically.

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It’s very insular thinking to believe that you can only buy from companies you agree with or be fans of people you agree with and only surround yourself with people you agree with. That’s not the way the world works. In fact, it’s not the way the world should work. I don’t want to live in an echo chamber. Why? Because then none of my beliefs are ever challenged. I am a better person because of being around people who don’t agree with me all the time. If you find yourself in a room with people you agree with on every single issue, leave the room. You gain nothing from being around people who never make you think, question, and challenge your beliefs. 

If you find yourself ever worried what people will think if you show your support for a musician, artist, store, or company, because you’re afraid of being attacked by people close to you then you should reflect on your relationships. I don’t think it’s ever worth arguing about something so benign in the grand scheme of things. 

If you want to wear Nike, wear Nike. 

If you love Taylor Swift, go on and love Taylor Swift.

And if you want to put pineapple on pizza, well…we can have a talk about that.

Caroline C.
FFL Cabinet Member
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