Taylor Swift, the pop star and songwriter, opens up about her provocative decision to keep quiet throughout the high-stake 2016 presidential election.
Taylor Swift, who is slated to appear on the most anticipated issue of American Vogue cover in September, spoke to Abby Aguirre and shared details for her latest coming music album, Lover. She also highlighted the brewing sexism in the music world.
Surprisingly, Swift broke her silence on 2016 presidential election explaining why she never endorsed any candidate up for fighting election three years back. Her silence had led to a whole stream of memes on Taylor Swift captioning “Taylor Swift’s silence is deafening.”
Swift said, “Unfortunately, in the 2016 election you had a political opponent who was weaponizing the idea of the celebrity endorsement.” “He was going around saying, ‘I’m a man of the people. I’m for you. I care about you.’ I just knew I wasn’t going to help.”
She mostly quiet never engaging in political matters; it was her fans who pressurized her to get involved in the political issues of the country.
Swift backed her decision of staying shut in 2016 because she had received quite the damage to her image when Kim Kardashian revealed her alleged lies for signing off lyrics from Kanye West’s song.
Swift stated, “also, you know, the summer before that election, all people were saying was, ‘She’s calculated. She’s manipulative. She’s not what she seems. She’s a snake. She’s a liar.”
She stood her ground for keeping mum on the matter and that her words wouldn’t have been considered in any possible way.
Speaking further, she explained, “these are the same exact insults people were hurling at Hillary [Clinton]. Would I be an endorsement or would I be a liability? ‘Look, snakes of a feather flock together. Look, the two lying women. The two nasty women.’
“Literally millions of people were telling me to disappear,” she said. “So I disappeared. In many senses.”
Taylor Swift have taken keen interest in politics lately when she openly backed democratic candidates in 2018 midterm elections.