Singer/songwriter pop phenom Taylor Swift is one of many celebrities encouraging American citizens to let their voices be heard and vote, most recently in the 2018 mid-term elections.
Since releasing her newest single, “ME!” with Panic! at the Disco’s Brendon Urie, the 29-year-old Pennsylvania native has been traveling around the world, promoting the single and her new era of music. While chatting with RTL in Germany, she explained her motives behind her highly anticipated record.
“I definitely think there are political undertones in the new music I made,” Swift said. “I’m not planning to stop encouraging young people to vote and to try to get them to talk about what’s going on in our country.”
“I think that’s one of the most important things I could do,” the songstress added.
Last October, Swift silenced rumors she was a Republican, explaining she would be voting for the Democrat candidate. In a lengthy message to her 118 million Instagram followers, she captioned, “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,” the “Delicate” singer continued. “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,” she concluded.
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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 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. 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. Please, please educate yourself on the candidates 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! 🗳😃🌈
Later that night, Swift won big at the American Music Awards and used her platform to encourage people to vote in the upcoming election.
“It’s so important to me that this award is voted for by the people. You know what else is voted for by the people? The mid-term elections. Please vote!” she encouraged the audience.
Although the former country singer is known for her breakup and makeup hits, she’s put out multiple songs about issues that are constantly dealt with in society. Her 2014 hit “Shake It Off” from the “1989” album is all about brushing off the haters and being yourself. The 2010 “Speak Now” anthem “Mean” is about not letting bullies get to you and that you may be “Singing this song at the Grammys” and all they will ever be is mean.
It’s not known yet what Taylor Swift’s upcoming album will be called, what other songs will be on it, or when exactly it will drop, but the singer revealed she left Easter Eggs in the “ME!” music video and even in recent interviews.