Last night, Taylor Swift made a rare political statement on Instagram. In it, she endorsed the Democratic candidate for Tennessee’s congressional race, Phil Bredesen, and, in turn, denounced the Republican candidate, Marsha Blackburn. Unsurprisingly, it’s a move that’s upset many conservative men.
“What I used to love about Taylor Swift is she stayed away from politics,” Charlie Kirk, the founder and president of Turning Point USA, said on Fox & Friends today, before suggesting that Swift didn’t actually write her Bredesen endorsement and that she had been fed false information. And according to The Daily Beast, members of conservative 4chan chatrooms are calling Swift’s pro-Bredesen statement “traitorous” and posting disturbing memes of the singer burning.
— FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) October 8, 2018
Even President Trump had something to say. When asked about Swift jumping into politics, he declared that he liked her music “25 percent less.”
“Let’s say that I like Taylor’s music about 25% less now,” Pres. Trump jokes following Taylor Swift’s endorsement of Democratic Tennessee senatorial candidate Phil Bredesen. https://t.co/D0fh71pQFl pic.twitter.com/4qeR6fCZcr
— ABC News (@ABC) October 8, 2018
Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee (R) is also giving his two-cents—particularly about Swift’s fans, who he seems to think are all under the age of 13. “So @taylorswift13 has every right to be political but it won’t impact election unless we allow 13 yr old girls to vote,” he wrote on Monday morning. “Still with #MarshaBlackburn.”
Huckabee has since received a flurry of responses taking him to task for his comment, including from Paramore’s Hayley Williams.
“And here we have a man in power mocking a woman’s value and impact out of what i can only assume is fear. not fear of an election result but fear of a powerful woman who’s power he now realizes he can not benefit from,” Williams wrote. “and who in their right mind underestimates a 13 year old girl anyway?!! who publicly mocks a woman’s political standings by dubbing an entire generation powerless? you don’t know the impact you have with your words… what fires you’ll start. use ‘em wisely.”
— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) October 8, 2018
🥁and here we have a man in power mocking a woman’s value and impact out of what i can only assume is fear. not fear of an election result but fear of a powerful woman who’s power he now realizes he can not benefit from. https://t.co/erPofnsFcS
— hayley from Paramore (@yelyahwilliams) October 8, 2018
and who in their right mind underestimates a 13 year old girl anyway?!! who publicly mocks a woman’s political standings by dubbing an entire generation powerless? you don’t know the impact you have with your words… what fires you’ll start. use ‘em wisely.
— hayley from Paramore (@yelyahwilliams) October 8, 2018
Some Twitter users, like Williams, criticized Huckabee for mocking 13-year-old girls. Others pointed out that, with Swift having debuted her first album in 2006, many of her fans are well within voting age.
Hi mike huckabee. First, mocking 13 year old girls is a new low. Wow. Second, not sure if you know this but most of Taylor’s fan base are now in their twenties. Third, she didn’t tell anyone HOW to vote. She simply said do research. So sorry you’re mad abt that https://t.co/RMax6B2aZ3
— Kaeleen Michelle🌈 (@kaeleenmichelle) October 8, 2018
Taylor Swift has 83.5 million followers, significantly more than Donald Trump. She has 112 million on Instagram. I wonder if actually you are all a little scared of her influence? Hence your attempt to mock the age of her fans. pic.twitter.com/OeUcvPIB6C
— (((Snigdha))) (@snigskitchen) October 8, 2018
The gag is: She just finished her tour and waited untill she did so to share her political views. In other words, she waited untill she collected all the Yeehaw coins, and then, she came out as a liberal. So, her ticket sales remain untouched.
— 666 (@Jeccosgarden) October 8, 2018
I love how everyone thinks her fanbase is only 13 year olds. She’s been in the business for 12 years, so a lot of her fanbase are in their 20s and 30s now. I’m 24.
— Jordan 🕸 (@jordanahensley) October 8, 2018
Also 13-year-olds may not be able to vote but can we stop belittling them as fans? As if having young female fans is somehow a bad thing. As if young women can’t have good taste in music. Why do these people hate women so much?!?
— Paramore Online (@ParamoreINTL) October 8, 2018
Swift posted her message about the upcoming midterm elections on Sunday night, saying that she’s choosing to break her silence on politics due to “several events in my life and in the world in the past two years.”
“I believe in the fight for LGBTQ rights, and that any form of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender is WRONG,” Swift wrote, in part. “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.”
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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! 🗳😃🌈
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