Taylor Swift‘s recently revealed political stance has been the talk of the town over the last couple of weeks. In case you missed it, Swift posted a lengthy Instagram post encouraging her fans and followers to vote in the upcoming November 6th election. She also revealed the democratic candidates who she will be voting for in the state of Tennessee, Phil Bredesen and Jim Cooper. While she did not specifically say she is a registered Democrat, she is voting for two democratic candidates.
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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! 🗳😃🌈
Swift made this Instagram post after her last U.S. Reputation Stadium Tour show ended. Currently, she is overseas in Australia and continuing to encourage her fans to vote via her Instagram.
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Something I wish I knew about when I was 18 and voting for the first time: ✨EARLY VOTING✨. It makes it so quick and easy to go and cast your vote before November 6. Early voting starts TODAY in Tennessee and goes to Nov 1 🇺🇸 You can check out your state’s early voting dates at the link in my bio
Swift’s boyfriend, Joe Alwyn, thinks highly of her political stance. Speaking to a reporter on the red carpet for the movie The Favourite, Alwyn said, “I think it’s great. I think it’s important.”
Interviewer: What did you make of Taylor Swift, all of her tweets and everything have been going out, in terms of her political stance, we haven't really seen that before?
Joe Alwyn: I think it's great, I think it's important. pic.twitter.com/BYmAurJQgy
— Taylor Swift Updates (@TSUpdatesNY) October 18, 2018
Katy Perry has also given Swift’s political stance her seal of approval. You may remember that she endorsed Hillary Clinton during her presidential candidacy. For encouraging fans to vote and sharing her political stance with the world, Perry said that Swift is “setting a great example” in an interview with Variety magazine.
Since her post went live, Vote.org claims that more than 65,000 people registered in the span of 24 hours. What remains to be seen is whether or not these people will turn up at the polls. Regardless, Swift’s impact is undeniable.
By endorsing democratic candidates, Swift took a risk in alienating her conservative fanbase. She is voting blue in a red state (Tennessee). Her post is well-worded, however, and ultimately is encouraging anyone reading to learn more about their states’ candidates and vote for who they agree most with. She is not saying Democrats are better than Republicans or telling anyone to vote for one particular party. Swift knows that ultimately the more educated a voter base is, the better.
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