EDWARDS: Taylor Swift Didn’t Do Something Bad

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Thursday, October 11, 2018


I am known as the conservative Taylor Swift girl in my friend circle, so it was no surprise that I was flooded with messages when Swift, who has stayed out of politics her whole career, finally broke the silence in a recent Instagram post, that ran contrary to my beliefs. People assumed that I would lose respect for her or be crushed by the conversation she opened up, but the truth is that she really didn’t do anything wrong.

Key points from her post state:

“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.”

“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 then explained decisions that Blackburn has made to make her feel this way and endorsed Democrats Phil Bredesen for the Senate and Jim Cooper for the House of Representatives. This created an influx of social media posts either in full support, neutral, or completely against Taylor’s Instagram post.

Charlie Kirk’s tweet suggests that not only has Swift’s career never recovered since Kanye “ended it” (false), but that she has no idea what she is talking about. Tomi Lahren’s suggests that though she thinks that Swift is uninformed, she has been and always will be a role model for girls. And Cameron Wallace’s states that Swift is not some insane leftist that doesn’t respect both sides of the aisle, and that it is okay to lean left. So what does Taylor Swift’s post really mean?

Everyone harps on the idea that she claimed Marsha Blackburn didn’t respect basic human rights and focused on that alone. While I personally disagree with a lot of what she said, I don’t believe this is Swift slamming everyone who isn’t a Democrat. Her wording suggests the complete opposite.

One of the many double standards I see on both sides is the idea that celebrities are allowed to speak out, but only if they are on their party’s side. This has happened on the right with Kanye West and Chris Pratt, and on the left with pretty much everyone in Hollywood. Everyone claims that the opinions of celebrities don’t matter until they’re the opinions people want to hear. But this is completely toxic and goes against the founding ideas of our country.

The truth is that anyone should be able to speak out about their politics. People, regardless of occupation, should be able to say who they believe is a better fit for the country and promote their ideas. What they should NOT do is say that anyone who disagrees with them is a horrible person or encourage boycotts. Taylor didn’t do that—her wording was very clear.

Swift’s post concludes with, “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!”

Nowhere in her post did she say her fans had to vote against Marsha Blackburn. Never once did she use the words Democrat, Republican, liberal, or conservative. All she said was why she doesn’t agree with Blackburn’s campaign and encourages everyone to do their own research and get out and vote.

If the biggest problem is that Swift disagreed with a conservative, then conservatives have fallen to ill logic. If conservatives are going to promote conservative celebrities that speak out and suggest that everyone should have both free speech and the freedom to think for themselves, then that includes leftists and Taylor Swift.

People can disagree with your politics and still be decent people. It really isn’t that complicated. Swift has realized this, but so many people on both sides of the still aisle still haven’t figured it out. Free speech is for everyonenot just your side.

Danielle is a college freshman at the University of North Georgia. Her interests include politics, coffee, her two dogs, and Taylor Swift. She's currently a columnist and content coordinator for Lone Conservative.

The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.


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About Danielle Edwards

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Danielle is a college freshman at the University of North Georgia. Her interests include politics, coffee, her two dogs, and Taylor Swift. She's currently a columnist and content coordinator for Lone Conservative.



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