Taylor Swift feels ‘really remorseful’ about not endorsing Hillary Clinton in 2016

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Here’s Part 2 of my coverage of Taylor Swift’s excellent Guardian interview. I have to applaud the Guardian journalist for asking a lot of direct questions, and credit to Taylor for choosing to answer some of those direct questions honestly. Some of Tay’s answers were her regular “I’m the biggest victim in the world” stuff, but it sort of felt like she was only giving it a half-effort at times. The best part of the interview is the section we’ll discuss in this post, where Taylor goes more in-depth about politics and why she never spoke about candidates or political parties before 2018, and why she’s speaking now. She really does not want to be associated in any way with Donald Trump. Some highlights:

Why she’s more political now: “The things that happen to you in your life are what develop your political opinions. I was living in this Obama eight-year paradise of, you go, you cast your vote, the person you vote for wins, everyone’s happy! This whole thing, the last three, four years, it completely blindsided a lot of us, me included.”

She was surprised that people couldn’t see that she made her political beliefs clear: “I did, and I hate to admit this, but I felt that I wasn’t educated enough on it. Because I hadn’t actively tried to learn about politics in a way that I felt was necessary for me, making statements that go out to hundreds of millions of people.”

She didn’t want to become the Dixie Chicks: “I come from country music. The number one thing they absolutely drill into you as a country artist, and you can ask any other country artist this, is ‘Don’t be like the Dixie Chicks!’ I watched country music snuff that candle out. The most amazing group we had, just because they talked about politics. And they were getting death threats. They were made such an example that basically every country artist that came after that, every label tells you, ‘Just do not get involved, no matter what.’

Feeling voiceless in 2016: “And then, you know, if there was a time for me to get involved… The worst part of the timing of what happened in 2016 was I felt completely voiceless. I just felt like, oh God, who would want me? Honestly.” She would otherwise have endorsed Hillary Clinton? “Of course. I just felt completely, ugh, just useless. And maybe even like a hindrance.”

Whether she thought about whether endorsing Hillary Clinton might have made people like her. “I wasn’t thinking like that. I was just trying to protect my mental health – not read the news very much, go cast my vote, tell people to vote. I just knew what I could handle and I knew what I couldn’t. I was literally about to break. For a while.” Did she seek therapy? “That stuff I just really wanna keep personal, if that’s OK.”

She feels remorse about not speaking in 2016: “It was just me and my life, and also doing a lot of self-reflection about how I did feel really remorseful for not saying anything. I wanted to try and help in any way that I could, the next time I got a chance. I didn’t help, I didn’t feel capable of it – and as soon as I can, I’m going to.”

On Trump’s election: “It was the fact that all the dirtiest tricks in the book were used and it worked. The thing I can’t get over right now is gaslighting the American public into being like” – she adopts a sanctimonious tone – “‘If you hate the president, you hate America.’ We’re a democracy – at least, we’re supposed to be – where you’re allowed to disagree, dissent, debate.” She doesn’t use Trump’s name. “I really think that he thinks this is an autocracy.”

On Tennessee’s attempts to ban abortion: “I mean, obviously, I’m pro-choice, and I just can’t believe this is happening,” she says. She looks close to tears. “I can’t believe we’re here. It’s really shocking and awful. And I just wanna do everything I can for 2020. I wanna figure out exactly how I can help, what are the most effective ways to help. ’Cause this is just…This is not it.”

[From The Guardian]

The only thing I’ll point out about her non-endorsement in 2016 is that it doesn’t sound like it even occurred to her to endorse Hillary Clinton… because it would have been the right thing to do, or because Taylor wanted to truly be honest with her fans. Even now, Taylor’s explanation for why she didn’t say anything (beyond a general GOTV) was all about how she would be perceived, or what kind of backlash she would get, and maybe a slight concern that her endorsement could hurt Hillary. At some point – perhaps when facing down a racist, white supremacist fascist and sexual predator – she could have just said “this is how I feel, I don’t care what the reaction to this is, this is me being honest and I believe in Hillary.”

Left unsaid: in 2016, Katy Perry (Tay’s then-enemy) was Hillary Clinton’s biggest celebrity surrogate, and Kim Kardashian and Kanye attended the big Hillary Clinton fundraiser at Scooter Braun’s house. That was why I always assumed that Taylor avoided endorsing Hillary back then – she didn’t want to be associated with her celebrity enemies. Which is an assy reason to not speak up.

I know I’ve devoted a lot of space to nitpicking Taylor’s words and motives, but at the end of the day, I’m genuinely happy that she’s now on the progressive bandwagon, and we truly need all the allies we can get. Taylor’s not a perfect ally, but she never claimed to be (and perfect allies don’t exist). She’s messy and she fully admits that she’s still learning about a lot of these issues. So let’s encourage her and all of the snake fans to keep going, to keep educating themselves, to keep voting and to keep paying attention.

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  1. Léna says:

    It’s nice she is evolving and more vocal, even though I still think sometimes endorsing a politician is risky (risky for the celebrity’s image and the candidate’s image).

    Anyway, I just wish she would stop explaining and re writing everything after the fact. It’s a bit obvious.

    • dota says:

      She is not evolving. Her PR team is evolving their statements to keep her sales numbers up.

      • Léna says:

        You have a point Dota !

      • Sarah says:

        I will give prop to the PR team. It looks like they have been combing gossip blogs and fansites to find explanations (some would say excuses) for her silence. The “I was not educated enough to speak against the grab-them-by-the-p** candidate” is straight out of her adoring fans’ comments on ONTD.

    • weezle says:

      Clinton was a terrible choice for the Democrat party. If they had chosen pretty much anyone else, they may have stood a chance. But it’s stupid to go on about a prior election…it’s done.

      • Betsy says:

        Counterpoint: the GOP commit treason to win.

      • SKF says:

        Le sigh. Clinton was the most experienced candidate ever. When in office she had always had high trust and approval ratings. In the rankings of politicians in regards to honesty she actually has one of the best rankings for honesty. The fact that people think she was a terrible candidate is exhausting because she was actually an incredible candidate.

        Her two big losing points that are actually real are her husband and his philandering (how that is on her I’ll never know and half the male politicians out there have done the same), and her paid speeches for investment bankers – which is how most of those former politicians make money after they leave office.

        The rest? Hillary was a victim of a 30 year smear campaign because she is a female politician. There is clear evidence of this that you can easily research. Every tiny thing she ever did was held up as this huge problem – while the men around her did far worse and were never or hardly ever scrutinised for it.

        The fact that people equated her as just as bad as Trump is depressing. That means much of the public bought a smear campaign based on gender.

        Additionally one of her issues was that – being a woman who was much more harshly critiqued over everything than her male contemporaries, she had been forced, over the course of her career, to be more centrist, to refrain from rocking the boat too much, and to compromise more.

        The new mould of bold female politicians who speak their minds and true beliefs just wasn’t possible and is in part possible because of women like her who forged the way.

        She was a wonderful, deserving candidate who would have made a great president.

      • Kimble says:

        I agree @ weezle and unfortunately, as you can see, the Dems and supporters haven’t learned much from 2016 and will probably throw away 2020. Le sigh.

      • Wisca says:

        Democratic. Calling it the Democrat party is an invention of Frank Luntz to emphasize RAT. I can’t believe it worked. There was a time NOBODY said this.

      • Shannon says:

        I mean, you kind of just went on about it. It’s so annoying when someone says something intended to spark debate and then says, “Oh, la dee dah, it’s done though.” I mean, woman up if you want to start that and prepare to finish it (because I don’t think you can).

      • Rascalito says:

        Thanks SKF, I loved reading what you said here about Hillary. At the time she launched her campaign she had a very high approval rating nationally. But the dirty tricks and the nonstop lies campaign against her really stuck. It was such a gross situation where millions of dumb people people chose to believe every rumour about a woman, and ignore every revolting fact about a man. Hillary would have been a great president, but that chance is gone now. :( But hopefully 2020 will bring this gross period on history, this colossal mistake, to an end.

      • Godwina says:

        ffs

  2. DS9 says:

    I will forever hold it against white women for waiting until virtually the end of the world to see what POC and WOC in particular have been shouting about for ages.

    • Sarah says:

      +1.
      WOC have been shouting from the rooftop since forever but white women were out there calling us divisive and whatnot.
      And I must say how remarkable it is to see Taylor being praised for endorsing HRC 3 years after the election while Beyonce was bashed for endorsing Beto O’Rourke on election day (even if she had been registering folks at her concerts long before that).
      The bar is so low for conveniently attractive white women it’s barely off the floor.

      • Darla says:

        Did you know the parents that died protecting their infant from the racist shooter in El Paso, were trumpsters? That in fact, their whole Latinx family, are trumpsters? I have been blown away by how much Latinx support trump had, and still has. Discuss.

      • Sarah says:

        Yes, I heard about the El Paso victims. I can’t say I am that surprised. Trump did not do well with the Latino community in 2016 but he did much better than with black people, for a simple reason IMO. Whiteness, or at the very least, (perceived) proximity to it. You can be latino AND identify as white. You can be latino and racist.
        Right now, you have the Havana lady, Camilla Cabello, calling her black bandmate the n-word. And of course, the most famous and egregious examples of them all is George Zimmerman.
        The gag of course is that their whiteness is only perception and White supremacists will absolutely go after them. It’s only because Zimmerman killed a black child that he is so popular with this crowd. In any other situation, they would try to kill HIM.
        This kind of complex interactions between race and ethnicity are why I worry when I hear Democrats thinking Texas will go blue because of demographics. It’s much more complicated than that and I don’t think the LatinX community can be as a reliable as a voting block as black women for example.

      • Fanny says:

        The amount of things white women can get away with is AMAZING.It’s as if they were gifted with an infinite “sympathy” capital that never depreciates.As feminist, I REFUSE not to use logic on questions that pertains to women.
        In any given day, despite my lack of attraction towards her music, I will recognise that GROWN A▪▪ TAYLOR is an amazing business woman, an amazing marketer and a very astute communicator.
        Now honey, the reason why you Did not support H.Clinton is the same reason why Trump benefited from AMAZING SCORES in ALL/MOST white women demographics.
        You either;
        -agreed with his abhorrent rhetorics or,
        -you estimated that supporting H.clinton would be bad for business.
        Say what you want about him but Trump made NO MYSTERY OF WHAT HE WAS AND WHAT HE STANDED FOR AND AGAINST.
        So if you wanna ride the wave to sell your album, please do it , but do not insult our intelligence.
        Thank you,
        NOT MANAGEMENT

    • DS9 says:

      @Darla, I lived in Texas for over 7 years. Two of my children where born there. Texas is very red. And R’s have done an excellent job of pitting natural born Texas Latinos against foreign born Latinos of both Mexican and south/central American descent.

      Many Texas Latinos are very conservative and very Catholic, which often translates to anti choice and anti gay marriage. And Texas Hispanics often come from the same cowboy culture as white Texans which equals pro gun.

  3. DaisySharp says:

    Wow, an amazing interview. I’m on Taylor’s team. No apologies about that, either.

  4. SJR says:

    IMO, the fix was in and Trump was elected.
    No amount of celebrity endorsement was going to change the outcome.

    NOT Trump 2020.

  5. StarGreek says:

    This was an excellent interview. I never really liked her but she came across well in several points.

    At least she shows she is willing to learn and improve, which cannot be said about many people… I had a debate with two Leave voters yesterday, head in my hands really… it was like talking to a couple of walls…

  6. Michael says:

    Why was it so hard for her to see unless she purposefully avoided seeing? So many people simply refuse to pay any personal cost to help others. I am perfectly happy to have her as a somewhat friend but she is no hero.

  7. TIFFANY says:

    She really wants this album to sell well doesn’t she?

    Did someone remind her POC buy music as well.

  8. Arizona says:

    I’m just beyond pumped by “I’m pro-choice, obviously”.

  9. Lea says:

    I appreciate that she finally admits she was scared of speaking up about politics and alienating the conservative fans (the Dixie Chicks comment) insted of the previous convoluted theory about being an hindrance to Hillary because she was very disliked. I think she’s really growing up, learning and slowly getting out of her bubble!

    • STRIPE says:

      Both could be true – she have been scared she was risking her career, plus the careers of everyone in the Taylor Swift industry, and all for nothing because she didn’t it wouldn’t have helped HRC

      I also want to throw in a reminder that almost nobody thought Trump was going to win – maybe she didn’t want to risk everything and not even change the outcome as a result

    • JulieCarr says:

      The Dixie Chicks comparison makes no sense though. What happened to them was terrible and ridiculous, but there is a very clear difference between endorsing a mainstream political candidate and saying you’re ashamed of the President in the heated run up to a wildly controversial war.

      The Dixie Chicks were bold in a time when people were expecting blind patriotism. No one was expecting a hint of that boldness from Swift. No one was expecting any strong words of protest. All people wanted from her was something like a cute selfie while wearing a Hillary pin. That would have been perfectly on brand for the pop star she was in 2016, and it was the fact that she was avoiding it despite it being totally uncontroversial that made people wonder about her politics.

      • Wisca says:

        Strong disagree. I can easily see the DC being used as a cautionary tale. They were treated like enemies of the state.

    • Kate says:

      I also wonder if she was restricted by her prior contract, once she left Big Machine it’s like everything broke loose and she finally started talking about politics, etc.

      • Elisa says:

        +1, the timing is really interesting. Of course she want to sell her new record but she will sell it anyways, so IMO that’s not the main reason for suddenly being so vocal about politics etc. Maybe her contract with BM really gagged her…
        Also, I want to hear the real story behind the Hiddles-mess!!

  10. Cate says:

    She’s trying man, give the girl a break. Pro choice Taylor rocks.

    • Sarah says:

      White women have been given a break for a very long time in the US. And look how they repaid us. By electing Parmesan Putin. Black women are the ones who deserve a break from this nonsense.

      • Arizona says:

        Oh come on. Give people room for growth. Every time someone is trying to improve on themselves, people throw out a blanket statement like this that is ultimately not productive to the conversation.

      • Darla says:

        It’s awful. Really destructive. I hope it makes you feel good because that’s all it’s doing.

      • KK2 says:

        53% voted for Trump. 47% did not (including myself and, apparently, Taylor). I can’t explain the other 53%…the mind boggles how any woman could vote for that ahole over Hillary. The ones I know who did and will admit why (mainly my mother) did it b/c anti-abortion (I do not defend this decision but that was her reasoning). But I don’t think 53% of women are anti-abortion so the rest…who knows. Internalized misogyny, certainly. Lack of interest in or empathy for minorities- definitely.

        In any event, you are obviously entitled to feel however you want to feel towards white women generally. I certainly would never try to convince you that all white women are your friends and allies. But when someone (of any demographic) like Taylor is attempting to be an ally like this, I think the best course is to welcome them into the fold. It will take a coalition to beat Trump. You don’t have to pat her on the back or give her an award or anything, but wasting time complaining about what people failed to do in the past is just a waste of time. It discourages other public figures (particularly business savvy ones) from addressing politics at all. It’s the frustrating thing about democrats spending so much time fighting each other instead of being able to unite. That’s what happens when you have a diverse group with lots of different interests and backgrounds, but we have to figure out a way to unify and move forward to take this asshole down.

        Is she doing this partly to generate publicity to sell her album? probably. Does it matter or affect her usefulness to the democratic party? not really. So let’s go Taylor- time to get to work.

      • Sarah says:

        @Arizona
        And everytime black women try to explain their frustrations with white women’s torturously slow “growth”, we are shut down at every turn.
        We were on the right side of history, as we’ve always been. Y’all weren’t and given the kind of defensiveness I see, I would bet you won’t be on the good side in 2020 either.
        But it’s fine, it’s been this way since the suffragettes anyway.

      • Valiantly Varnished says:

        EXACTLY Sarah! Im so over it. White women do the bare minimum and it’s applauded meanwhile black women have been politically doing the heavy lifting even BEFORE 2016. Where’s our break?

      • DS9 says:

        Room for growth? Do you not understand how tired black women are of waiting for white women to work as hard for us as we work for ourselves to your benefit?

        This is what rubbed me wrong about the pink hat marches post Trump victory. We’ve been saying he and the rest of them were coming for our reproductive rights, that they were slut shaming all of us but only when you could see it did you get on board but without giving us any credit or working within our structures.

        So now you see it and you want what?

        While white women are looking for credit for the bare minimum, black woman are wondering when you’re going to stop making excuses for why our babies are shot in the streets like dogs by the police. We’re wondering when you’re going to stop using the violence in our redlined and economically raped communities as an excuse not to work on reasonable gun control, and on and on.

        But I guess we’ll pat Taylor on the head for finally realizing she isn’t safe. She still thinks she was safe under Obama like the politics of white supremacy practiced in that era hasn’t led right here but oookay.

      • Valiantly Varnished says:

        @DS9 GIRL. Yes, yes and YES to EVERYTHING you said.

      • Grant says:

        So what’s the answer? Continue to promote division between white and black women? I’m not being cheeky, I want to be educated because I agree that WOC have been given the short stick time and time again and I don’t really know how to change that–but I want to. I just know that if we can’t find common ground upon which to unify, we’ll have four more years of the Parmesan Putin, and that’s a fate worse than death in my eyes.

      • DS9 says:

        WOC are not “promoting” division. We are pointing it out to you. And we are beyond tired of being blamed for a problem just because we have the temerity to mention the problem out loud.

        This is what gaslighting is, by the damned way. It’s pushing issues back on black folks by blaming us for their existence merely because we mention them.

        Gaslighting is also creating and sustaining a problem and then policing how black women discuss it AND demanding the marginalized group figure out how to stop it.

        Let’s say someone punches you. And then when you complain about how much your face hurts, they get upset because they don’t like the way you complained and then have the nerve to demand you explain to them how to not punch you going forward? Your jaw is broken, you’ll never chew right on that side of your face again but they apologized 10 years later, what are you bitching for?

      • DS9 says:

        Also, please educate yourself on intersectional feminism.

        It is the history of white women telling black women to come together, that our issues aren’t nearly as important as what’s going on right now, that our time will come after.

        But it’s never our time and white folks keep finding new ways to hold onto oppression.

        What’s so infuriating is that we’re already on the boat. You didn’t and don’t need to tell us not to vote for trump, to vote D, to pay attention to the issues. We stay doing that.

        Black folks don’t need to kumbaya with white folks. We are already there. It’s white folks who need to get it todamnedgether.

      • DS9 says:

        And lastly, 90% of black women not only did not vote for Trump. They voted for Hillary, the Democratic candidate for president.

        So in the simplest terms, you are not asking us to come together and vote for the nominee, you are asking us to make you feel good about your vote and not ask too many questions of the candidates. You’re asking us to keep or mouths shut lest we make your candidates look bad or we make white people feel uncomfortable.

        No.

      • Fanny says:

        Black women deserve a forever free of charge stay at the Crillon hotel in Paris, unlimited AMORINO ice-cream and Cuban Mojitos all day, everyday.
        we never get our dues for actually DOING while other are praised for “trying” ?(lmao) three WHOLE YEARS LATER.
        I’m still mad the way white women co-opted the mee too movement from an actual activist.

      • livealot says:

        BRAVO DS9!!

      • Purplehazeforever says:

        I voted for Hilary in 2016. I’m tired of the division. I’ve voted for Democrats every time. Please don’t assume every white woman is the same. And Taylor might be late but she’s showing up. We need all the allies we can get in 2020.

      • stepup says:

        @Purplehazeforever

        Black women trying to educate other women is not divisive, and voting for Hilary doesn’t give anyone a free pass. If you’re still at the point where you think women of color speaking up and trying to illustrate how racism is woven into the personal, psychological, and political realities of our society qualifies as “divisveness,” then you’re still a part of the problem.

        To be clear: We’re not the ones with the problem. You all are, in that you refuse to see where you’re going wrong. We understand racism, we fight daily against internalized racism tendencies…we’re trying to help you get there too. Because if you all never wrap your heads around it…we’ll continue to slide downards politically.

    • Wisca says:

      Attacking white women for coming around is counter productive.

      AOC said you gotta give people a way in, a way back from white supremacy.

      Joy Reid was interviewing Scaramucci, really grilling him and he basically said: I fu^&ed up and and admit my mistake. There are millions like me. Allow us back into sanity.

      • DS9 says:

        Attacking? Oh

      • stepup says:

        Attacking? This charachterization needs to stop. Nobody is hitting you. Nobody is holding you in cages. You’re being critisized. There’s a difference. And, as a fully grown adult, if you can’t handle criticism, something is wrong.

  11. kyle says:

    Taylor looks so much like 1980s Morgan Fairchild in these photos.

    • Anners says:

      Yes! That’s it. I couldn’t put my finger on it. B*tchy comment – her hair doesn’t look good here. She looks like a my little pony.

    • Sunnee says:

      Yes. YEs YES!!! I was about to write this! She looks exactly like Morgan Fairchild. Is it just make up, or is it tweaking? Im just blown away by this doppelgänger.

  12. Miles says:

    She’s not perfect but there is no perfect ally. Thank you Kaiser for saying that.

  13. Gingerbread says:

    I mean, I hope this sways her young fans to vote when the time comes. But it comes across a bit performative three years later. She’s not required to be political, but it’s not exactly brave to come out now saying she’s for Hilary when she’s been silent for years (especially with the Aryan comments). It almost feels like “woke” Taylor is her era persona.

  14. virginfangirls says:

    She has a lot of power. Her fans will follow her, always supportive. And this time it will align with my beliefs. But it is scary to think that she could just as easily come out as a Trump supporter and her fans would have come out in droves to support him. So I’m thankful our politics are aligned.

  15. Maria says:

    I can’t stand her. This is all ridiculous fake posturing. I don’t care who you regret not endorsing three years ago. Who are you endorsing today??
    And you know what you can do for abortion rights, donate some money to clinics and the groups fighting against unconstitutional bans, ffs, it’s not that difficult.

    Feeling voiceless?? Why does she always paint herself as a victim?

    • Darla says:

      Well in 2018 she endorsed the democrat for senate in Tennessee. And she clearly states in this interview that she wants to do a lot in 2020. So what else do you want? Do you want her to time travel?

      • Maria says:

        I want her to admit how harmful her cultural appropriation has been and to make political statements at the time they are needed rather than waiting three years because if she says it now, it won’t affect her negatively at all. I want her to stop pretending to be a victim and realize that as a wealthy white woman she has tons of power and doesn’t need to wait till 2020 to do something about the things that supposedly have her tearing up in frustration at their injustice.

        I grew up in politics. It’s the worst I’ve ever seen, now. We need people doing things NOW. That includes working with the ACLU, NARAL, etc. Even five minutes on google would have told her what she can do. That is why her statements are pure PR.

      • Valiantly Varnished says:

        @Maria thank you. Everything you said is SPOT ON. And it’s why I’m not buying the new “woke” Taylor schtick.

      • Maria says:

        Valiantly- I always love your comments. <3

    • Elisa says:

      To be fair she has continously donated money to various causes. Also, she has a HUGE fanbase, you can’t deny that. You could see it with her endorsement for the Tennessee candidate last year which had an actual real-life impact. So as Kaiser is right: she is not the perfect ally, but later late than never.

  16. Millenial says:

    I think also unsaid is around 2016 her mom had cancer. Cancer + Receipts-Gate + Feuds… I think her life was pretty damn messy and she didn’t mentally think she could handle any more pile-on (even if some of it was self-inflicted) and talking about her politics would have definitely added to some pile-on. I don’t really blame her. 2016 was extremely stressful on its own, add in personal stress and that’s a lot for any person.

  17. FierceBae says:

    What Taylor says about the Obama years “a paradise” is soooo deeply revealing and shows she really hasnt learned anything.

    The irony is that its her white privilege that will now make it so quick and easy to turn around and act all woke. Its crazy to see how quick people are now lauding Taylor for the bare minimum and already shout down her critics.

    Good on her for buying up all the living space in NYC so poor people get pushed out while waiting until it was absolutely super safe to endorse Clinton and attack Trump. *rolls eyes*
    But knowing how the world works she will be celebrated for this.

    I expect fluff pieces from Vogue but the Guardian disappointed so much.
    I also think celebs need to be asked about climate change and shamed out of flying private and traveling so much.

    • Sarah says:

      I cannot believe how much people are praising her for that itw. She endorsed HRC THREE YEARS AFTER DONALD TRUMP was elected. She is lying, again, about the timeline around the Famous song/video clip. She does not explain why she never called out the White supremacists who were using her image for close to a decade while she had no problem going after small bloggers or her own fans on Etsy.
      And I’m supposed to praise her??!! Miss Forever 13 and her cheerleaders are some of the biggest gaslighters on the Internet.

  18. Suz says:

    Why is this a thing that keeps popping up? Taylor Swift’s endorsement would not have changed what happened with that election. She couldn’t have stopped Russia from spreading false information or hacking our systems. She couldn’t have stopped Comey from his bullshit rehashing of Hillary’s emails right before the election. She couldn’t have reversed the bullshit and outdated electoral college or gerrymandering.

  19. Valiantly Varnished says:

    So…basically like I’ve always said she weighed her career as more important that standing up for what’s right. Her comments about the Dixie Chicks highlight that perfectly. Taylor was more worried about Taylor.
    And the Dixie Chicks have spoken quite extensively about what happened to them. And they said they would do it all over again. Because it was the right thing to do. Mad respect for those women. Nothing like having the courage of your convictions when it ACTUALLY counts.

    • SureJan says:

      THIS!

      She’s telling us that she didn’t speak up because it would effect her and her career negatively. Now she’s speaking up because it will effect her positively. There’s nothing wrong in her thinking, but let’s not pretend that she’s doing this for anyone other than herself.

      Let’s hope The Dixie Chicks gave her some food for thought.

    • Lowrider says:

      Taylor is financially set.

      It’s now safe for her to speak on politics and get involved in polarizing topics.

  20. Emily says:

    I truly respect why she didn’t get involved: she didn’t feel educated enough. The biggest criticism used is that celebrities should stick to performing and out of politics. Listening to her answers, especially about the gaslighting, it’s obvious that she is educated now and feels more confident voicing her opinion. It’s also clear that her label told her to stay out of politics and now that she’s no longer with Big Machine we are seeing a more political side to Taylor. I disagree with the assessment that she is among her silence all about her.

  21. OuiOkay says:

    I think her explanations are reasonable.
    But why not endorse Elizabeth warren? Hopefully soon

    • Valiantly Varnished says:

      Elizabeth Warren is not the only female candidate running.

      • Betsy says:

        Yeah but it’s pretty much her or Harris and poll wise it’s pretty much just Warren.

      • Valiantly Varnished says:

        Harris is polling int the top four.

      • stepup says:

        @VV-

        I hear ya, but it’s 20% warren, 20% sanders, 19% Biden, 8% Harris.

        I’ve been a Harris donator since jump, but am switching my paltry weekly contributions to Warren this week. Harris has too much baggage from her time as DA. I think it’s unfair, but we’re getting into the meat of the election, and I just don’t think she can cover that gap at this point.

        I DO think she would be a superb VP pick for Warren or Sanders. It would cover the diaspara of Demoractic voters.

  22. Case says:

    I don’t think we need celebrity endorsements. It grabs attention, sure, but it won’t sway people who 1) don’t keep up with pop culture; 2) don’t like that particular celebrity; 3) think celebrity endorsements are stupid.

    What I think celebrities like Taylor can and should do is just encourage people to be politically involved and VOTE. If Taylor makes it cool to study up on current affairs and vote, her fans will follow her lead. That’s what we need.

    • Sophia’s Sideye says:

      I have trouble understanding this. There is literally a celebrity sitting in the Whitehouse, Case.

  23. Nic919 says:

    This is weak. She should have said something when it mattered and not three years later when Dump has already destroyed lives and now the Supreme Court could be in the verge of rolling back roe v wade. She only cared about money and supporting Hillary would have had an impact with some of her white bigot base. She was already super rich in 2016 and there’s no way she would have experienced what happened to the Dixie Chicks. She was a coward and greedy.

    It won’t ever matter who is president for her because Taylor is part of the elite and they always benefit. If the US becomes an authoritarian dictatorship she will be fine then too. Taylor looked out for herself and will continue to do so and so now it is beneficial for her to spout a few regretful words to make more money.

    Taylor wasn’t the only selfish one with social power who may have been able to help get the vote out, but this sad attempt at trying to pretend she feels bad isn’t working. Has she visited the kids in cages? They are dying. They could use some help. Until she uses real money to help, because she is one of the elites who has that money, she can miss me with her woke bs to sell albums and tickets to her concert. This fake social activism is what is keeping the elites in power to commit all these atrocities. The remaining Koch brother and the Mercers are using their billions to get what they want, it’s time for the elites on the left to do the same and fight back. Magazine interviews are meaningless. Money and action matters.

    • Emily says:

      It does still matter going into 2020. If she’s saying something now than that’s still important.

  24. Kathryn says:

    Taylor has had literal years to comment on the 2016 election and is doing so right after dropping a new album. She was obviously afraid of alienating her fan base either way and it’s now reached a “safe” point to have an opinion. She doesn’t care, she cares about her sales period and I’m surprised she’s not getting more flack for speaking out now.

  25. Nancy says:

    Can we talk about how she must have done something to her face…..?

  26. Shannon says:

    I really don’t know, but I’ve read her mother’s cancer came back around that time. I mean, it’d be nice if people could stfu about Kanye and Katy because, if true, I think she had a whole lot of other shit on her plate.