Taylor Swift has remained one of the few pop stars to keep her political beliefs to herself, but that changed on Sunday night when she posted an impassioned message on Instagram speaking out against Tennessee Rep. Marsha Blackburn, a Republican. While many of her fans praised her new willingness to get politically involved, others criticized her for not sticking to music.
“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,” she wrote on Instagram. “I always have and always will cast my vote based on which candidate will protect and fight for the human rights I believe we all deserve in this country.”
Swift, who is registered to vote in Tennessee, then came out in support of Phil Bredesen, a Democrat running for U.S. Senate against Blackburn in the midterm election, and Democratic Rep. Jim Cooper, who’s seeking reelection.
The 28-year-old also encouraged her fans to register to vote — no matter what state they live in.
“Please, please educate yourself on the candidates running in your state and vote based on who most closely represents your values,” she wrote.
While many appreciated Swift for speaking up, not everyone responded to her post with cheers. Some people on Twitter said Swift should have stuck to keeping her political opinions to herself, claiming that her country fans will be disappointed in her espousing liberal views.
I am very disappointed in @taylorswift13's recent comments about great candidate for US Senate @MarshaBlackburn. Does every pop star/actor have to voice their political opinions to the world? Newsflash: we don't care. Never have, never will. #VoteMarsha
— Aaron Farris (@AaronFarrisMN) October 8, 2018
@taylorswift13 Respectfully, be quiet and sing! I guess you’re more pop than country now anyway. You’re country fans are gonna be disappointed. Now you’re on the level of Katie Perry.
— janice (@theemporersnew) October 8, 2018
@taylorswift13 the one reason why I liked Taylor Swift as an artist was because I believed that she did not need to voice her political opinions. I am very disappointed as a black man whose daughter idolizes you. Why does everyone feel a need to voice their political opinion?
— Karl Haynes (@karlhaynes) October 8, 2018
@taylorswift13 So disappointed that you decided to play politics:(. I thought you were brilliant when you said, I am not going to tell people who to vote for, but I will encourage them to vote. With all the divide in this country, you were only place where politics didn't matter.
— beatio (@beatio) October 8, 2018
@taylorswift13 ssssshhhhhhhh. Don’t start the political stuff sweetie. Please keep your views to yourself. Lots and lots of parents and grandparents will make sure money won’t be spent on you. Super disappointed in you.
— Jami (@Merrtell) October 8, 2018
The never-ending feud between Swift and Kanye West lent itself to comparisons between the two singers’ political endorsements, as Swift vowed to vote for Democrats and West has repeatedly been spotted wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat in support of President Trump. Some pointed out that those who took offense to Swift getting political didn’t seem to mind West doing the same — just for the opposite political party.
Conservatives: Why can't the left just let me have a different opinion and respect my views?! I think Kanye's support of Trump should be praised!
Taylor Swift: respectfully has a different opinion
Conservatives: WOW! YOU LOST ALL MY RESPECT! HOW DARE YOU?! TAYLOR WHO? IDIOT!
— Arnold Garcia (@arnoldgarciajr) October 8, 2018
Time will tell if Swift continues to speak her mind when it comes to politics, but she clearly believes a lot is riding on this year’s midterm elections — whether fans like it or not.
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