Liberals Angry With Singer Taylor Swift For Not Publicly Discussing Her Political Views
Update below, March 2019: Swift is now saying she wants to get more political.
See the August 2019 update post:
A day or two ago, singer Taylor Swift released her first single, “Look What You Made Me Do” off her upcoming new album entitled “Reputation.”
I’m rather neutral on the topic of Taylor Swift herself. I am the Switzerland of Taylor Swiftdom.
Based on several song reviews I’ve seen, some liberal commentators or music reviewers are either actually comparing Swift to white supremacists or angry that she has not spoken out against President Trump.
If there’s one topic of a few I repeatedly discuss on this blog, it’s that I am opposed to celebrities discussing their politics publicly – at least if they do it often or are hateful about it.
I don’t have anything against Taylor Swift, but I really have no desire to know her political views. I think it’s actually a point in her favor that I do not know what her political views are, and neither do the idiot jerk reviewers criticizing her in their reviews of her new song, “Look What You Made Me Do.”
In a day and age when most celebrities are left wing and most will not shut up about insulting Republicans, conservatives, people of faith, or Trump, it is down right refreshing to come across a celebrity who isn’t known for being political!
I realize that some singers perform protest songs, or songs with political messages, but that does not mean all of them have to. Their job is to entertain or move us, not sing from a liberal perspective about how much they hate Republicans.
It’s not Taylor Swift’s job, responsibility, or duty to write anti-Trump protest songs. There is already enough anti-Trump content in the media as it is, we do not need even more of it.
Nor do I even really care either way how Swift may feel about Trump, whether she likes or dislikes him.
Some music reviewers I came across in reading reviews about Swift’s song had absolutely no reason to drag Trump, Trump’s family members, or politics into any of their reviews of Swift’s new song, but they did so anyway.
Let’s start things with a conservative site’s take down of a liberal site’s hyperventilating about Swift not being political enough for them:
Here are some examples of liberals acting nuts about Swift’s public political apathy:
Via liberal site Salon:
by Erin Keane
….But enthusiasm for the pageantry feels tepid — rote even — maybe because while Taylor Swift went into hiding [insert tortured metaphor about shedding skins here] we have been forced to move on to parsing the bizarre and frighteningly relevant actions, on social media and in physical space, of a new cast of blonde supervillains.
There’s Ivanka Trump, of course, whose continued affirmation of her father’s presidency in spite of his vocal support of the people who see her, her husband and her children as subhuman, is more confounding and engrossing than any celebrity feud over backup dancers or diss tracks or third-party recording laws could ever be.
Via Nashville Scene:
by Megan Seling
“Look” offers no sign of a smarter Swift — if anything, it shows just how out of touch she really is. A toddler has the nuclear codes and Swift, a pop star with one of the most powerful platforms in America, has been silent on the political front. Just one week after white supremacists rallied in the streets and literally ran people over with a car, Swift thinks she can look like a fearless badass by delivering a watered-down Blackout-era Britney ripoff that coyly responds to a stale feud she lost over a year ago?
Conservative site Hot Air about Liberals having a hissy fit over Swift not talking about her political views:
Via Hot Air (conservative site):
Much like the very pronounced problems we’re seeing with professional football these days, the music industry never benefits from partisan politics. It’s poison in the system of the industry. Whether you are liberal or conservative, as soon as you go off on a rant you’ve turned off potentially half of your audience.
…Perhaps… just maybe… one reason that Taylor Swift maintains her universal appeal is that she stays in her lane, puts her incredible set of pipes to good use and leaves the politics to the politicians.
And rather than lambasting her for it, some of her colleagues in the music industry could use her as a positive role model. They might see their sales go back up.
Apparently, according to liberal reviewers (see the following review via Courier-Journal, by one Jeffrey Lee Puckett), if a black guy who is a singer (say, Kayne West) has repeatedly and publicly disrespected a white lady singer in the past (say, Taylor Swift), then the white lady cannot write a song that seems to be critical of that guy, because that would make her, he implies, a racist or a white supremacist – ???????
There may be a racist here, but I think that racist’s name is Jeffrey Lee Puckett, not “Taylor Swift.” (I should perhaps explain here that I do not buy into liberal understandings or definitions of words such as “racism” and “sexism” where they argue that only someone from a power group can be racist and sexist.)
Via the Courier-Journal:
Someone made Taylor Swift put out a terrible song, or maybe it’s just her fault by Jeffery Lee Puckett
…It’s [Swift’s new song is] a beef track about her issues with Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, and no one in their right mind should care about multimillionaires beefing. The country is a hotbed of coals that’s one splash of lighter fluid away from burning down, but Swift is obsessed with the one shiny object that can hold her attention: Taylor Swift.
….Also, and I’m fairly sure this never crossed Swift’s self-obsessed mind, “Look What You Made Me Do” pits millions of largely white Swifties against a black man at a time when this nation is locked in a very real race war.
Reporter Jeffrey Lee Puckett can be reached at 502-582-4160 and email@example.com.
Via The Daily Beast:
It’s Time for Taylor Swift to Denounce Her Neo-Nazi Admirers by Amy Zimmerman
The pop superstar is worshipped as an ‘Aryan goddess’ by the white supremacist community. In the wake of Charlottesville, the least she could do is speak out.
-So Taylor Swift is responsible for the actions or views of other people? What?
Via The Daily Beast:
Note the dig where-in the snotty reviewer, Zimmerman, refers to the new song as being a “white girl Lemonade.” The reviewer may be more than a tad sexist against white girls and their musical tastes, and maybe a tad racist against whites as well.
Taylor Swift if Still Playing the Victim by Amy Zimmerman
…Who cares about the dumb moon blocking out the sun when Taylor Allison Swift just released a 10-second video of a snake and is probably about to drop the white girl Lemonade nobody asked for?
…While Swift has made a habit of over-architecting her public image, refusing to express political allegiances or even admit that she collaborated on a Calvin Harris track
…Like Donald Trump before her, Swift is clearly trying to turn negative press coverage to her own advantage, placing the blame for her own bad reputation on a third party. In the age of “fake news,” Swift’s next record seems poised to distance her from the Taylor Swift who’s been endlessly covered and constructed by tabloids and gossip sites. Alternatively, this could all be a dog whistle to her Trump supporter fans.
Via E! Online:
…I doubt Swift really voted for Trump (though this speculation is going to follow her to the grave), but I do wonder whether she’ll be forced to address the specter of the orange president during the three-month publicity blitz she’s about to launch. In recent months, Swift has laid low and scrupulously avoided commenting on anything even remotely political.
This was Swift policy in 2016 as well: no politics. Back then—during election season—this seemed patently reasonable. Swift has never positioned herself as any sort of political artist; she is very, very good about writing songs about other subjects; she presumably did not want to alienate her millions of fans scattered throughout right-leaning states; and nobody expected Trump to win anyway.
Plus, she wasn’t inclined to hop on the Hillary Clinton endorsement bus after her archnemesis Katy Perry became Clinton’s biggest champion in the pop world.\Despite some strongly worded pleas for Swift to break her neutrality and denounce Trump, she remained silent.
The star only publicly acknowledged the existence of the 2016 election once—with an Election Day Instagram post that showed her waiting on line to vote. “Today is the day,” she caption the photo, giving still no indication of who she was voting for.
…Swift did tweet in support of the Women’s March, but it was a nonspecific, pro-women statement that gave no reference to the historic context. (The Daily Beast charged her with “spineless feminism” and “opportunism.”)
Via The Daily Beast:
Who did Taylor Swift vote for? My response: who cares who she voted for? I don’t. God speed and God bless you, Taylor Swift, for NOT shoving whatever political views you may have into the public’s faces 24/7 like so many other celebrities do.
How pathetic it is to see so many music reviewers using Swift’s new single as nothing but another excuse to bash a politician they don’t like or to interject politics into news about a pop song.
by Piers Morgan, Dec 2017
…But why the raging anger towards her [Taylor Swift]?
Well, look no further than Charlotte Cylmer, self-styled ‘gender-queer’ writer and former Army vet.
She tweeted a whole host of names from Beyoncé and Katy Perry to Jennifer Lopez and Lady Gaga that she considered to be a badder b*tch than Taylor Swift.
At the end, she said: ‘…and every other woman entertainer in popular music who used their platform to publicly support Hillary in 2016.’
So, as with almost everything these days, it’s about politics.
Taylor Swift is being vilified at the altar of sanctimony, resentment and blind hatred because of her political stance.
Only here’s the twist: she doesn’t actually have one.
Or rather, not one we know about.
Taylor’s apolitical; she doesn’t engage in political debate at all, preferring to stick to singing about love and romance.
This strikes me as extremely sensible given the current maelstrom of febrile, toxic political warfare, particularly as she will have millions of right and left wing fans. Why anger a large chunk of them unnecessarily?
During my anti-guns campaign at CNN, several male action movie stars pulled out of doing interviews with me because they didn’t want to offend half their audience by expressing an opinion about gun control.
I understood that completely.
They were movie stars, not elected officials.
But by opting for the same stance, Taylor Swift is being demonised in a quite staggering manner – especially by other women.
…No, she has to publicly declare her hatred for Donald Trump and love for Hillary Clinton, or she’s dead to the world.
I’d say Taylor is the best kind of celebrity political activist, one who urges young people to vote, but doesn’t tell them which way to vote.
Read the rest of Morgan’s editorial here
Update, June 2018:
by Ellis Clopton
Trent Reznor isn’t afraid to get vocal about what he believes in and what angers him. Right now, his annoyance seems to lie within Taylor Swift and other younger, contemporary artists remaining silent on today’s issues.
In an interview with the New York Times Magazine, the Nine Inch Nails frontman said the reason artists like Swift don’t speak out more often is because of worries and concerns over their brand image.
“You don’t hear a lot from the Taylor Swifts of the world, and top-tier, needle-moving cultural youth, because they are concerned about their brand, their demographic and their success and career and whatnot,” Reznor said.
Reznor said his activism stems from an interview he did in the mid-90s, when an interviewer made the point that his influence puts him in a position where he should be raising his voice and calling out issues.
Update – October 2018
This should make liberals happy.
… The pop star, long attacked for staying silent politically, endorsed two Tennessee Democrats late Sunday: Phil Bredesen for Senate and Jim Cooper for the House.
“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. 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. I believe in the fight for LGBTQ rights, and that any form of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender is WRONG. I believe that the systemic racism we still see in this country towards people of color is terrifying, sickening and prevalent. I cannot vote for someone who will not be willing to fight for dignity for ALL Americans, no matter their skin color, gender or who they love,” Swift wrote on Instagram.
“Running for Senate in the state of Tennessee is a woman named Marsha Blackburn. 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 voted against equal pay for women. She voted against the Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, which attempts to protect women from domestic violence, stalking, and date rape. She believes businesses have a right to refuse service to gay couples. She also believes they should not have the right to marry. These are not MY Tennessee values.”
Bredesen thanked Swift for her support in a follow-up Tweet and said he was “honored” that “so many Tennesseans…are ready to put aside the partisan shouting and get things done.”
The 28-year-old “Delicate” singer didn’t specify why she’s been reluctant to speak out before, but her endorsement of Bredesen and Cooper are her loudest political messages in her lengthy career.
Update – March 2019
The world does not need more celebrities politically pontificating publicly. I hope she reconsiders.
March 6, 2019
BY LAKE SCHATZ
“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”
Taylor Swift – Look What You Made Me Do (Lyric Video):