Fans Are Calling Taylor Swift Shady For Waiting Until After Her Tour To Make A Political Statement

Over the weekend, singer and songwriter Taylor Swift opened up about her political views for the first time to fans and followers on social media. Swift posted a lengthy Instagram post, opening up about where she stands in the upcoming 2018 Midterm Elections.
In the past, many have dragged Swift for staying silent about politics, especially in an era of Donald Trump and the tole his Presidency has taken on the country. Now, Swift has decided to come forward and speak out against a Tennessee candidate for Senate that is “against” values she stands for. Swift said:

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!

While many fans were happy to see Swift speaking her mind and standing up for, what they believe, is the right cause, there were others who were outraged and unhappy to see their “idol” and “role model” speaking out against their own political views. Swift has a very large fan base in the south, and many of those fans are GOP and Republican Party supporters. Having Swift speak out against their party has caused mass outrage no social media.

Additionally, Swift is wrapping up her Reputation Tour, and, many of these fans spend hundreds of dollars to go see her live in concert–many of them saying they “can’t believe they spent so much money to go see someone like her.”

Now, Twitter users are calling Swift shady, petty, and savage for waiting until after her tour to open up about her political stance–saying she “cashed in” on those MAGA supporters, and then dragged them to the grave.

Let’s be honest, most celebrities have a calculated agenda they use when making a stance like this. All of these GOP supporters are here praising Kanye West for his MAGA-supporting nonsensical rants, but are telling Taylor Swift to pipe down and stick to singing.

That’s what I call salty.

Written by Lex Gabrielle

A writer and teacher from New York City who fully supports messy buns and 3+ cups of coffee a day.