Taylor Swift: expect political undertones in new music

Taylor Swift: expect political undertones in new music
Taylor Swift performing her new song 'ME!' Photo from Youtube | The Graham Norton Show

The pop star’s political activism has been non-existent in the past until the 2017 American midterm elections when she shared an Instagram post supporting Democrats in Tennessee. Now, she’s continuing her political involvement in her next album.

Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift plans to get involved in political discussions through her music. She confirms that her seventh studio album has “political undertones” in an interview with German news outlet RTL. The pop star’s words in the RTL article has been translated, “I’m not planning to stop encouraging young people to vote and to try to get them to talk about what’s going on in our country.”

Swift is famously known for avoiding political discussions in the past. She faced public backlash for preferring not to use her influence to support just political causes. In the 2016 American presidential elections, the singer kept mum on her political stance raising eyebrows among her fans. It seems that she’s on her way to redemption now that she’s choosing to be more involved in today’s political climate.

The pop star’s political involvement started during last year’s United States midterm elections. Through an Instagram post, Swift wrote a rare public statement admitting she was “reluctant” to express her opinions.

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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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The post was written in support of two Democratic nominees running in Tennessee. In the same post, she expressed strong criticism against Republican U.S. Representative Marsha Blackburn. She also announced her support for the LGBTQ community writing “”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.”

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