Taylor Swift: ‘There are political undertones in the new music I made’

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For so many years, Taylor Swift would not say one word about politics or any political topic. She wouldn’t even shut down the Nazis who believed she was their Aryan queen. That all changed last year, when at long last, Taylor came out of the political closet. She came out a month before the 2018 midterms, endorsed a local Tennessee Democrat (she votes in Tennessee) and encouraged all of her fans to register to vote and use their voices. Taylor was very smart about it too, and I had zero problems with the way she conducted herself. Even though her preferred candidate lost in Tennessee, I do think Taylor’s efforts made a difference in getting young women to register to vote and getting them to vote for the first time.

So what’s Taylor’s plan these days? As the American political system crashes down under Trump tyranny, is Taylor going to sit it out this year and wait to endorse a candidate next year? I don’t know. But she was asked about politics during her music promotion:

Taylor Swift is offering more hints on her upcoming album. The singer, who spent years refraining from discussing politics publicly, has now said that there will be some “political undertones” in her new music.

“I definitely think there are political undertones in the new music I made,” she recently said in an interview. “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. I think that’s one of the most important things I could do.”

[From Elle]

Yeah, I’ve gotten to the point where I know deep in my soul that Taylor’s albums can’t be judged by the first single she releases. If anything, the first single is usually one of the worst songs of the album. That being said, “ME!” sounded juvenile and like a return to Taylor’s “I’m not gonna talk about politics” thing. We’ll see. I doubt there are songs called “My Body, My Choice” or “Trump is a Nazi” but she could surprise us.

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  1. Tiffany says:

    I don’t believe you Swifty. Undertones.

    That word doesn’t mean what you think it does.

    • WTW says:

      By undertones, I’m assuming any political references she makes will be so muted that they might as well not be there at all. She is not going to risk her white conservative middle America fans.

      • ToiFilles says:

        Undertones & muted – Reminds me of a country music blogger calling out some of her pop tunes being classified as country music on local CM radio because there was a whiff of banjo strings in them.

        Sidebar: What’s the word on the Cats feature film musical? The lower gossip rags are reporting “Inside sources” claim she is working hard w/ the hope of getting an Oscar nomination.

  2. Lucy says:

    I’m still laughing a bit at her claim that GoT and the Stark Sisters inspired her previous record. Like, I don’t dislike TS, and I don’t doubt that she’s a fan of the show, but when I read what she said about it, I was like “lol…ok”.

    • Lizzie says:

      “lol…ok” is my attitude to pretty much everything taylor swift

      • Tate says:

        A lot of her fans did the research and it showed that some of the scenes/episodes she claimed inspired the album were things that happened after it was released. So I take most everything she says with a huge grain of salt.

  3. Valiantly Varnished says:

    My breakfast had political undertones as well. I had an everything bagel which represents diversity.

  4. lucy2 says:

    If she can encourage more young people to register and vote, then I’m not going to complain.

  5. Gutterflower says:

    Lord that woman has legs for days.

  6. Carol says:

    Her public letter regarding the Equality Act wasn’t muted.