Taylor Swift Voices Opinions on Voting, LGBTQ and Equal Rights in a Rare Political Post
Taylor Swift usually keeps her personal life hidden behind the wormhole of social media-at least she has managed to keep it backstage thus far. But as this lengthy Instagram post says, she feels differently about voicing her opinions about the politics in The USA recently. We can’t help but assume that the current Trump presidency has an effect on this change of mind of her.
Taylor Swift took to Instagram to let out her opinions about her voting decision. Taylor Swift has a 112 million following on Instagram and her voice has the power to make some change. Also, it is not easy to voice opinions about politics and be on the ‘good’ side of a mass of 112 million plus people. This post is bound to get some dislikes, but her explanations make it so hard to.
In this post, Taylor Swift endorses two Democrats-Phil Bredesen for Senate and Jim Cooper for House of Representatives, and she goes on to explain why.
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I’m writing this post about the upcoming midterm elections on November 6th, in which I’ll be voting in the state of Tennessee. 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. Running for Senate in the state of Tennessee is a woman named Marsha Blackburn. As much as I have in the past and would like to continue voting for women in office, I cannot support Marsha Blackburn. Her voting record in Congress appalls and terrifies me. She voted against equal pay for women. She voted against the Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, which attempts to protect women from domestic violence, stalking, and date rape. She believes businesses have a right to refuse service to gay couples. She also believes they should not have the right to marry. These are not MY Tennessee values. I will be voting for Phil Bredesen for Senate and Jim Cooper for House of Representatives. Please, please educate yourself on the candidates running in your state and vote based on who most closely represents your values. For a lot of us, we may never find a candidate or party with whom we agree 100% on every issue, but we have to vote anyway. So many intelligent, thoughtful, self-possessed people have turned 18 in the past two years and now have the right and privilege to make their vote count. But first you need to register, which is quick and easy to do. October 9th is the LAST DAY to register to vote in the state of TN. Go to vote.org and you can find all the info. Happy Voting! 🗳😃🌈
In this post, the ‘Reputation’ singer also talks about why she did not pick Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn. Her reasons are that Marsha publicly unsupported movements on equal pay for women, Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act and her backward attitudes on LGBTQ community.
This is the first time Taylor Swift vocalized her opinions on the LGBTQ community explicitly. Previously, her songs such as “Welcome To New York” have expressed her acceptance of the LGBTQ community.
Taylor Swift’s political appeal mainly focuses on the young people, which her fanbase is mainly made of. She addresses the young minds, unspoilt by the acts of politics so far, to have an open mind and let the brain decide what is best for the people and the country.
Taylor completed her caption with a rainbow emoji, a representation of the LGBTQ community, to finish off her comments.
Vote.org has confirmed that there has been a spike in voter registration for Tennessee in the past 24 hours since Taylor’s political post. Nation-wide the registrations have increased by 51,308 and in the state of Tennessee 2,144 new registrations have come up since Taylor’s post. The Power Of Taylor Swift Compels You!!!