Taylor Swift Finally Takes a Political Stand, Speaks Out Against Anti-Gay Marriage Candidate

The country crooner turned pop superstar publicly endorsed two candidates on Instagram on Sunday, after years of criticism for staying quiet on political issues.

Taylor Swift is finally making her political views known.

The singer — who has been reluctant to speak about politics despite intense pressure to do so — posted a lengthy message on Instagram on Sunday saying she was voting for Phil Bredesen, a Democrat running for U.S. Senate in Tennessee against the Republican candidate, Marsha Blackburn. In the past, Swift has been hesitant to speak out, and heavily criticized for not doing so, and acknowledged that in her post.

"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. "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."

Swift added that she regrets not being able to support a female candidate.

"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," she continued. "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. I will be voting for Phil Bredesen for Senate and Jim Cooper for House of Representatives."

Swift ended with a plea for her followers to "educate" themselves on the candidates running their own states and encouraged them to register to vote.

According to a CBS News/YouGov poll published Sunday, Blackburn is leading Bredesen, with 50 percent of the respondents saying they'd vote for her if the election were today vs. 42 percent for Bredesen. The two are running for the seat currently held by outgoing Republican Sen. Bob Corker.

For his part, Bredesen thanked Swift for her support in a tweet.

"Thank you for the kind words @taylorswift13," he wrote. "I'm honored to have your support and that of so many Tennesseans who are ready to put aside the partisan shouting and get things done. We’re ready for it."

The singer — who got her start in country music but has crossed over to become a pop superstar — has a fan base comprised of many conservative voters. Once Swift issued the post, the reaction swiftly showed the partisan divide in her fanbase.

Several twitter users applauded her for finally speaking out. Messages included: "AT LONG LAST TAYLOR SWIFT HAS RELEASED HER POLITICAL VIEWS INTO THE WORLD AND MY GOD THEY ARE GLORIOUS THANK THE LORD I CAN SLEEP WELL KNOWING I HAVENT BEEN UNKNOWINGLY SUPPORTING A REPUBLICAN FOR 11 YEARS."

And another one: "Spent all day crying bc my dad popped up unexpectedly on Facebook, but Taylor Swift just announced her political views for the first time and she’s a democrat like I knew she was, so there can be light on a dark day."

Another one: "You know this country and our political landscape is 10000000% fucked when taylor swift actually breaks her silence on her political opinions."

And another: "Wow, Taylor Swift just got political on Instagram. Liberal queen coming to snatch Kanye’s red hat of his bald head."

Rob Reiner praised Swift for speaking out, given her influence. "A big shout out to @taylorswift13. for speaking out. You can single handedly change this country. Impress on your fans how critical and powerful their voices are," the filmmaker tweeted. "If you get them to the polls on Nov.6, everything you care about will be protected. #VOTE"

California Congressman Eric Michael Swalwell Jr. tweeted in Swift's defense against critics when he replied to a post by writing, "Mansplainers gonna ‘splain, ‘splain, ‘splain, ‘splain, ‘splain."

Still others weren't as happy about Swift's endorsements.

"@taylorswift13 Bad move. Politics just ruined your career. You picked the wrong side. We are never ever getting back together. Unfollowed," wrote one.

"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," wrote another user.

"@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," added another.

And another: "@taylorswift13 I am so disappointed in you. This clearly shows you have gotten your liberal paycheck and never thought I would see the day. Here is another one to end up draining down the tube. Wow. Sick."

Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee wrote: "So @taylorswift13 has every right to be political but it won’t impact election unless we allow 13 yr old girls to vote. Still with #MarshaBlackburn."

The National Republican Senatorial Committee said in a statement that "multimillionaire pop star Taylor Swift came down from her ivory tower to tell hardworking Tennesseans to vote for Phil Bredesen.”

Read Swift's full post below.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

I’m writing this post about the upcoming midterm elections on November 6th, in which I’ll be voting in the state of Tennessee. 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 can-didate 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. 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 Black-burn. 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 at-tempts to protect women from domestic violence, stalking, and date rape. She believes busi-nesses 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. I will be voting for Phil Bredesen for Senate and Jim Cooper for House of Representatives. Please, please educate yourself on the candi-dates running in your state and vote based on who most closely represents your values. 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!

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