This is why we can’t have nice things, darlin’.
The halcyon days of Taylor Swift’s silence on political matters ended during the 2018 midterm elections when she promoted Democratic candidates Phil Bredesen in Tennessee. For all of Swift’s posturing, however, she failed to raise enough groundswell to get Bredesen elected with Marsha Blackburn taking the win instead.
But this doesn’t mean Swift is done. Writing of lessons she learned in a column in Elle, Swift now feels it’s her responsibility to use her influence to sway minds politically.
“I’m finding my voice in terms of politics. I took a lot of time educating myself on the political system and the branches of government that are signing off on bills that affect our day-to-day life,” she wrote. “I saw so many issues that put our most vulnerable citizens at risk, and felt like I had to speak up to try and help make a change.”
Swift went on to say that our leaders are invoking racism and fear in a not so subtle finger point to President Donald Trump, and noted that she’s going to speak up politically as 2020 looms.
“Only as someone approaching 30 did I feel informed enough to speak about it to my 114 million followers. Invoking racism and provoking fear through thinly veiled messaging is not what I want from our leaders, and I realized that it actually is my responsibility to use my influence against that disgusting rhetoric,” she said. “I’m going to do more to help. We have a big race coming up next year.”
Swift also dipped her toe in social issues, noting that victims of sexual assault should automatically be believed.
“It’s my opinion that in cases of sexual assault, I believe the victim,” wrote Swift. “Coming forward is an agonizing thing to go through. I know because my sexual assault trial was a demoralizing, awful experience. I believe victims because I know firsthand about the shame and stigma that comes with raising your hand and saying “This happened to me.” It’s something no one would choose for themselves. We speak up because we have to, and out of fear that it could happen to someone else if we don’t.”
While it is important to take sexual assault claims seriously, believing should never be the automatic reaction upon hearing a charge as serious as that. It automatically assigns guilt, and too many people have already suffered as a result of false charges.
Swift seems to have been caught up in the celebrity bubble that far too many of the elite find themselves in.
This bubble often results in foolish decisions like throwing charges of racism and sexual assault at people who do not deserve it. As I’ve covered before, false accusations ruin lives, and “believe all women” isn’t just support for sexual assault victims, it’s an automatic guilty verdict in the court of public opinion for the accused.
If Swift truly wants to help the good guys win the day, she’ll use her influence for better purposes than stirring the political pot with half-baked ideas of right and wrong.