The 2019 MTV VMAs was a big night for Taylor Swift. She opened the show with her LGBTQ+ anthem, “You Need to Calm Down,” and slowed things down with her romantic single, “Lover.” She won the Moon Person for Video for Good and Video of the Year. However, while accepting one of those awards later in the night, the 29-year-old called out a very important group of people.
During an acceptance speech for one of her awards, the “ME!” singer called out the Trump Administration for not responding to her petition to pass the Equality Act.
The Equality Act is a bill that would legally protect LGBTQ+ people from discrimination in school, work, housing institutions and other public places. The House of Rep. has passed the bill, so it just needs to get passed by the Senate before the president acts.Ivan Nikolov/WENN.com
Swift’s petition for the Equality Act has gotten the attention of several Senators, all in support of the act, and over 500,000 signatures since the petition launched in June.
During her speech when accepting the award for Video for Good for her “You Need to Calm Down” music video, she focused on how she started the petition to get the White House’s attention, “I want to thank everyone who’s signed that petition because it now has half a million signatures, which is five times the amount that it would need to warrant a response from the White House.” Swift proceeds to look down at an imaginary watch while tapping it, indicating she’s waiting on the White House to do something.
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In a statement, White House spokesman Judd Deere said, “The Trump Administration absolutely opposes discrimination of any kind and supports the equal treatment of all; however, the House-passed bill in its current form is filled with poison pills that threaten to undermine parental and conscience rights.”Adriana M. Barraza/WENN.com
In a recent interview with The Guardian, the former Country star spoke about how she thinks President Trump believes America is an autocracy and not a democracy, “where you’re allowed to disagree, dissent, debate.” She also confessed she feels remorseful for not getting involved in the 2016 election, saying, “I was just trying to protect my mental health – not read the news very much, go cast my vote, tell people to vote. I just knew what I could handle and I knew what I couldn’t. I was literally about to break.”
As for her plan going forward, Swift said she’s going to “do everything I can for 2020.”