Taylor Swift: ‘I will proudly vote for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris’

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Taylor Swift kept quiet about politics for so many years. 2018 was the year she finally began speaking up and speaking out, and since then, I’ve really admired the way she conducts herself politically. Her political messaging is informative and earnest, and she mainly aims her messaging at her own fanbase of mostly young girls and women. Taylor began showing an “angry woman” side of herself this year, as she tweeted about Black Lives Matter, Donald Trump’s dismantling of the US Postal Service, and Trump’s white supremacy. Little surprise that Swift is supporting the Biden-Harris ticket. But her endorsement is welcome all the same. From an interview with V Magazine:

“The change we need most is to elect a president who recognizes that people of color deserve to feel safe and represented, that women deserve the right to choose what happens to their bodies, and that the LGBTQIA+ community deserves to be acknowledged and included. Everyone deserves a government that takes global health risks seriously and puts the lives of its people first. The only way we can begin to make things better is to choose leaders who are willing to face these issues and find ways to work through them.

“I will proudly vote for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris in this year’s presidential election. Under their leadership, I believe America has a chance to start the healing process it so desperately needs.”

[From V Magazine]

Perfect endorsement is perfect. Once again, Taylor understands how to make an impact, and how to ensure that her endorsement has weight. Taylor is arguably one of the most famous American women in the world. Whatever she said about the election would have made news. She knows that, and she made her endorsement thoughtfully.

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  1. Lightpurple says:

    Kamala Harris tweeted her for the cookie recipe

  2. Betsy says:

    I know she’s really unpopular on this site, but I’m really, really happy that she’s getting more political. People put themselves into informational silos (and some people are put into them; not that people who grew up in them can’t get out, but it takes someone or something to rouse people out of it), and she has a real opportunity to reach people.

    • Becks1 says:

      I’m not a taylor fan for a variety of reasons, but I am here for this and am glad to see her finally (well finally as of 2018) using her voice for something like this. This is an “all hands on deck” kind of moment, and Taylor’s hands are welcome (so to speak, I know my metaphor started to fall apart, lol.) I’m hoping she can change some minds but also just get younger people to the polls.

    • BnLurkN4eva says:

      She used to be unpopular when she remained silent while she was used as a barbie for white supremacist groups, but once she spoke up and spoke out against awful things, she became more popular around here. I’m still not a fan of her music, but I appreciate her speaking out, it means a lot that someone with her platform use their voice in such a positive way. Also, I was neutral on the whole Kim/Kanye situation with her because I despise Kanye and while I felt she milked that situation and played the victim, I couldn’t support the other team so stayed neutral. Now, I think she’s grown up a lot and at least publicly she’s doing things that is helpful, so team Taylor at last.

    • Alissa says:

      I was struggling with her for a bit (while still being a fan of her music), and I’ve noticed that since she switched labels, she’s been a lot more outspoken. I love her now. I wonder how much of her silence and whatever was because of pressure from her former label. It seems she has a LOT more freedom with this label to handle things how she wants to handle them.

      I also think a lot of it is that she stepped back for a bit to grow up for awhile. Into her late twenties she acted more like late teens, but now she seems to be settling into being a 30 year old woman.

    • Teresa says:

      I will say it till the cows come home. Watching her Netflix documentary Miss Americana was phenomenal. You see how she is talented but was controlled by an unfortunate group of men and how she has been taking that control back. I loved her after the documentary and I am so pleased she is speaking out. I hope she inspires a few more people to vote out the divisive trash that plagues us currently.

    • daksig says:

      It makes no difference what she says now. It might have if she started years ago. She’s fake as hell.

  3. Andrew’s Nemesis says:

    Good for her. I like her. She’s grown up and grown into a really decent woman. And I think that her song ‘Mad Woman’ is a declaration of intent: she’s not going to play the sweet/shy/twitter beef/stan cards any more.
    Someone like Taylor can get students out of bed and into the polling station.

  4. Lucy2 says:

    I’m glad she is using her huge platform to speak up, encourage people to vote, and encourage them to vote for Biden/Harris.

  5. joanne says:

    She is so well known and popular. Even Trump hasn’t attacked her and told her to shut up. Once again, he is intimidated by a strong woman.

  6. Case says:

    As a fan of Taylor’s for several years, one thing I couldn’t get past was her lack of social/political involvement when she has SUCH a huge platform. I’m so, so happy that she is using her voice regularly now. She’s someone who is able to make a difference.

  7. Stephanie says:

    I love that she tweeted on the VP night – I like to imagine she’s secretly #khive. Also appreciated that both Biden and Harris tweeted back with Taylor lyric references – props to their teams!

  8. Miranda says:

    For a long time, Taylor was my biggest musical guilty pleasure. When she started to speak out more, I became more open about my fandom. It think it took her a while to find her voice, but Trump’s presidency has been so horrific that she couldn’t NOT address it.

  9. Tia says:

    I didn’t like her when she was apparently happy to position herself as the perfect Aryan Princess for white supremacists. Having said that, I’m fairly sure that stopped as soon as she changed record labels and she then made it clear that wasn’t who she was. It does make me think that maybe that positioning and her silence on the subject wasn’t coming from her in the first place.

    I definitely like her a lot more now she is willing to appear as a person rather than a blank slate. Of course it probably helps that I agree with what she is saying and if her inner self was a rabid Trumper I’d like her less not more. The thing is she has (had) fans who were very right wing and they probably have turned against her because of her political views and I can admire her being willing to do that in a business that is all about the numbers.

    Now I just wish she‘d stop with the showmances. She doesn’t need them and they are starting to make her look silly.

    • BnLurkN4eva says:

      He current relationship seems real to me. The previous one was definitely not serious to her although I think that British guy was serious about her. He romantic life doesn’t bother me. I am just happy she is no longer allowing herself to be used for white supremacy. She’s using that platform for justice and that’s a good thing. I applaud her efforts and I think she’s probably gained more fans than she’s lost.

    • Alissa says:

      I mean, she’s been with her current boyfriend for four years and they won’t even walk a red carpet event together, so I think she stopped with the showmances. They go out of their way to not discuss their relationship or even have photos of the two of them together. Which I appreciate.

  10. Winnie Cooper’s Mom says:

    Love her! And love it even more that she is using her MASSIVE platform for what’s right. Bravo, Taylor.

  11. anon says:

    She’s a fooking boss and I love her. She threw off the Nashville Machine bullshit and has run her own GD company since she was 16. She regularly works and writes with other artists and she’s not an asshole.

    Good for her.

    Also: I’m voting for Biden/Harris. #nobrainer

  12. Norman Bates' Mother says:

    I watched her Netflix documentary and it was shown there that she needed to fight and argue with her father and some other old guys from her team to be able to voice her political opinions. because they thought it will be death for her sales and their profit. It makes sense – I’m always hesitant to blame pop stars for their image choices because more often than not, they are a product and they don’t decide about their public persona. The same was with Lady Gaga’s documentary – she rebelled against her team by doing the album Joanne and dressing like a regular person but now she’s back to outrageous costumes because that’s what the label expects from her.

  13. CC says:

    Taylor has been quiet politically, but honestly as an old fan, her liberal views were kind of…there. Just that it wasn’t framed as a political statement so it doesn’t reach out beyond her fanbase. When Obama was elected, Taylor talked about the powerful speech she heard about his victory that she memorised and recited (Ellen show) and was friendly with Michelle Obama. She slipped a pro lgbt lyric in one of her songs in 1989 and said on a daytime show that she supports gay marriage. She attended a hillary event before the 2016 election (although a friend posted the pic, not her). Her lawyer sent a letter regarding the whole aryan Princess meme thing too, although I obviously believe she should be public about all of this.

    Her political side of her was kind of like Meghan (people who watch her knows she’s a liberal, but she doesn’t go as far as to publicly talk about who she supports, although obviously Meghan has the royal title to justify it, while Taylor doesn’t).