Last year during the midterms elections, Taylor Swift opened up about her political beliefs and now she is explaining why she decided to speak up.
The 29-year-old pop singer said in a new interview that she realized she has a greater “responsibility” because of her enormous fan base and social media following.
In an essay she wrote for Elle magazine, Swift admitted she’s “finding” her voice “in terms of politics.”
“I took a lot of time educating myself on the political system and the branches of government that are signing off on bills that affect our day-to-day life. I saw so many issues that put our most vulnerable citizens at risk, and felt like I had to speak up to try and help make a change,” she added.
“Invoking racism and provoking fear through thinly veiled messaging is not what I want from our leaders, and I realized that it actually is my responsibility to use my influence against that disgusting rhetoric. I’m going to do more to help. We have a big race coming up next year,” she wrote.
During the 2008 midterms, she posted a long message about why she was supporting former Gov. Phil Bredesen (D-TN) against then-Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) — though her support didn’t lead to a victory.
“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,” she said.
“I believe that the systemic racism we still see in this country towards people of colour 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 colour, gender or who they love.
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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! 🗳😃🌈
“It’s my opinion that in cases of sexual assault, I believe the victim. Coming forward is an agonizing thing to go through.
I know because my sexual assault trial was a demoralizing, awful experience.I believe victims because I know firsthand about the shame and stigma that comes with raising your hand and saying ‘This happened to me. ’ It’s something no one would choose for themselves.
We speak up because we have to, and out of fear that it could happen to someone else if we don’t,” she said.
“Politicians pay their respects to Former President George H.W. Bush”