Taylor Swift‘s Netflix documentary Miss Americana was a revealing look into the pop star’s personal life and her rise to fame. From her debut at 16 years old with “Tim McGraw” to her infamous feud with Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West, we saw everything. She even showed us the side she once vowed to never speak about: her political stance.
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So it’s finally out! #MissAmericana is on @netflixfilm and I’m really excited for you to see it. I want to thank @lanawilson for her endless curiosity and for wanting to make this film. It’s pretty wild to be sharing this much of my life because it’s pretty scary to be vulnerable! (understatement of the century) But I’m also so grateful to the critics and journalists who have so thoughtfully watched and reflected on the film. 🙏🌯🐱🎒🎶
The documentary shows the exact moment Swift broke her silence and posted that notorious caption on her Instagram, voicing her support for the Democratic Party and encouraging voters to get out and use their voice. This incited her passion to write “Miss Americana & The Heartbreak Prince” and her recent track “Only The Young.”
Swift was inspired to write “Only The Young” after the 2018 U.S. midterm elections following her denouncement of Tennessee senator Marsha Blackburn. Miss Americana shows Swift in the studio creating the track, explaining how the lyrics are meant to motivate young voters and social activists to keep going.
It’s a true testament to how the younger generation is going to change the world and how Swift believes in them. “They aren’t gonna help us // Too busy helping themselves // They aren’t gonna change this // We gotta do it ourselves // They think that it’s over // But it’s just begun,” Swift sings with a powerful conviction, leaving no doubt that her voice is very much needed in this time of political turmoil.
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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! 🗳😃🌈
Just like Swift’s seventh album, Lover, the single is pop-heavy, reminiscent of the LP’s tracks like “I Think He Knows,” and “Cruel Summer.” “Only The Young” is another step in a direction we never thought we’d see Swift venture toward. She inspires millions while delivering a pop-perfect hit, and quite frankly, that is impressive.
The 30-year-old has discovered her voice in a sea of people trying to silence her, begging her to stay quiet, believing it could ruin her. Despite all that, Swift has recognized her ability to make massive change. She’s much more than just a game-changing music legend — she is a woman fighting for other women.
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