Finally, Taylor Swift has promised to grace us with more of her political opinion. After years of media haranguing and being quiet when asked her opinions on the bad Orange Man (Vice claimed her silence may be partially to blame for Trump’s election) the pop princess claimed that from here on out she “will be more active in political campaigns.”
And if her stance during the 2018 midterm elections were any indication — she had claimed Tennessee Republican Senator Marsha Blackburn’s conservative policies “terrified her” — she’s definitely not going to be supporting any conservatives for 2020. Well, not that her record label Universal Music Group would have let her anyway.
Washington Post reporter Sarah Polus condensed an Op-ed Swift wrote for Elle magazine, in which the blonde mega star discussed new milestones she was coming up on, like turning 30. Swift joked about her newfound love of making cocktails in a way that many a purple-haired, PTSD-suffering Hillary supporter can relate to. “I learned how to make some easy cocktails,” Taylor claimed, “like Pimm’s cups, Aperol spritzes, Old-Fashioneds, and Mojitos because … 2016”
“2016.” Of course. That dreaded year. It makes the stomach nauseous, the hands shaky. Though Taylor may need to rethink the message she’s sending to her tween fanclub when she’s recommending alcohol to drown her Trump-related sorrows.
But don’t worry about Swift going fully down that debilitating road. She’s got a mission and that's getting out there and campaigning for more Dems. Swift wrote, “I’m finding my voice in terms of politics.” Right. Polus mentioned that Taylor’s reluctance to jump in for so long was due to her wanting to “know her stuff before opening her mouth … a valid point when you have 114 million Instagram followers waiting to critique your every word.”
That’s commendable (if only more celebs were that circumspect) but in the end it is no different than any other entertainer who has to sound good to a bunch of postmodern, new age romantics — just use a couple of alt-left buzzwords and you’ve got your ticket. It’s taken almost 30 years for Swift to figure it out, but it seems she’s finally got it. “Invoking racism and provoking fear through thinly-veiled messaging is not what I want from our leaders,” she claimed.
You don’t say.
Of course, we all know Taylor Swift is referring to conservatives. It’s the same rhetoric she used when she slammed Republican Senator from Tennessee Marsha Blackburn during her election in 2018. This marked Swift’s first foray into the public forum, and revealed that she has chosen the lefty team. And who cares if she went in for the wrong candidates and annoyed fans who just wanted her to stick to her craft; Taylor mentioned that she will not be dissuaded in speaking her mind.
“I realized that it actually is my responsibility to use my influence against that disgusting rhetoric,” the singer claimed. She concluded by vowing, “I’m going to do more to help. We have a big race coming up next year.” Oh brother.