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Taylor Swift Is Done Being Tight-Lipped About Her Political Beliefs

She's speaking her truth.

With a new year comes new attitudes, and no one is feeling that mood right now more than Taylor Swift who is officially done with remaining tight-lipped on politics.

Taylor Swift has announced she’s releasing a new single called ‘Only The Young’ alongside her upcoming Netflix documentary Miss Americana at the end of this month. According to Variety, the single will be “an anthem for millennials who might have come away disillusioned with the political process.”

Listen to the GOAT team break down Taylor’s political dip in the latest episode of It’s Been A Big Day For… below:

Having gone through her fair share of personal battles in recent years, fighting against sexual assault and for the rights to her own music, it seems as though Swift is well and truly done with being the submissive cookie cutter popstar she was once been made out to be. 

Taylor Swift isn’t the only celebrity marrying politics and art. Ariana Grande encouraged her fans to vote by setting up registration booths at her shows, and Miley Cyrus has always been outspoken about abortion and gun laws on social media and in her interviews. 

And there are so many rising stars on the horizon who understand the power of their platform and how their music or art can go hand-in-hand with politics to make a difference. 

However, politics and music have had a long relationship. Billie Holiday’s 1939 track ‘Strange Fruit’ is about racism, Bruce Springsteen’s 1984 classic ‘Born In The USA’ is about a Vietnam veteran struggling to adjust to civilian life, stranded by a lack of government support, and since bursting onto the scene in the mid-noughties, rapper Kendrick Lamar has released countless tracks about the Black Lives Matter movement. 

On the flipside, politics have the ability to weaponise music. Artists including Rihanna, Pharrell Williams, The Rolling Stones and more have repeatedly tried to stop Donald Trump from using their songs at rallies – some have succeeded, however others have failed.

Despite this, it’s still crucial for artists to understand the power of their music and its ability to influence major shifts in society and politics. Kudos to Taylor Swift for sticking to her guns and speaking her truth – we are all ears.

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Nope, There's No Excuse For Wearing A KKK-Inspired Outfit To A Festival

Nope.

Word of warning: wearing a KKK outfit anywhere, let alone an arts festival, is never going to go down well.

The ‘Fight Racism and anti-Semitism’ petition has emerged on Change.org to try and ban a show called ‘50 Shades of Fringe’ from the upcoming Adelaide Fringe Festival.

Performer and producer of ‘50 Shades of Fringe’ Shayne ‘Rax’ Budgen is the subject of the petition after it was revealed he “routinely wears inflammatory and anti-Semitic and racist costuming,” including a KKK-inspired outfit that he is “parading” as “kink.”

“This individual clearly has little care for the health and wellbeing of others, nor the empathy for those who witnessed and suffered horrors during the Holocaust or persecution of People of Colour,” petition owner Joshua Harrison states on the Change.org page.

Credit: Change.org

“As artists, we will not stand for anti-Semitism or racism in any form. We respect our entire artistic and wider community, regardless or race, religious beliefs, sexuality, gender and many more beautiful and celebrated features of human beings,” he added.

Speaking to the Adelaide Advertiser, Budgen said the pictures of him wearing a KKK outfit were deliberately taken in “bad taste.” 

“It is a white hood worn with a ridiculous outfit, on a ridiculous occasion,” he said. “I’ve been in the kink and fetish scene here for quite some time and my event, Switch, I have been running for near 10 years.”

“We generally push buttons. I actually go out of my way to make sure that our event is not a one-size-fits-all kind of event,” he said. “At the end of the day these are people who work in the community as advocates of all things open-minded and equality, of which I am myself.

“Now there are pictures being dragged up from previous events where, again, we are pushing our luck with bad taste and dark humour.”

Adelaide Fringe Festival has also responded to the petition, writing in a statement, “As stated in our artists agreement, Adelaide Fringe reserves the right not to accept any event content or material that is liable to promote or incite misogynistic, racial, ethnic, religious or homophobic hatred.”

There’s no excuse for sporting a piece of clothing that represents so much pain, hatred, and violence. Budgen also told the Adelaide Advertiser he was seeking legal advice about the “allegations” made against him, but wth over 1,200 signatures and counting on the petition, somehow I don’t see him remaining on the festival lineup.

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Meghan Markle's Dad Reckons She's Turned Royalty Into 'Walmart With A Crown'

“They’re destroying it, they’re cheapening it. They’re making it shabby.”

It’s gone from bad to worse for Meghan Markle. It’s been less than two weeks since Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced they were stepping down from royal duties, and Markle’s dad is already dragging her in the headlines.

In a recent interview with Alaska TV/Channel 5, Thomas Markle called his daughter’s choice “disappointing” because “she actually got every young girl’s dream.”

“Every young girl wanted to become a princess, and now it looks like she’s tossing that away for money.”

“It’s kind of embarrassing,” he said. “When they got married they took on an obligation, and that obligation is to be part of the Royals, and to represent the Royals. And it would be foolish for them not to.”

“It’s one of the greatest, long-living institutions ever,” he said. “They’re destroying it, they’re cheapening it. They’re making it shabby.”

“They’re turning it into Walmart with a crown on it,” he added.

Meghan Markle has had a difficult relationship with her dad since marrying Prince Harry. In a 2018 interview with Piers Morgan, Markle accused his daughter of “ghosting” and told the cameras, “whatever differences we have, we should be able to work them out.”

In the lead-up to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s wedding, Thomas Markle admitted to staging paparazzi photos for publicity and money after they were sold to newspapers all over the world. Speaking to Good Morning Britain, he said, “For that incident I’ve apologised 100 times – I don’t feel that’s worthy of being shunned or ghosted, that’s ridiculous.”

In a private letter Meghan Markle accused Mail on Sunday of unlawfully publishing, she accused her dad of breaking her heart “into a million pieces” and leaving her “worried, confused, shocked and absolutely blindsided,” by his actions. 

In his recent interview, Markle’s dad said he “can’t see” his daughter reaching out to him, and I’m going to speculate and say she definitely won’t want to reach out to him after hearing these comments. 

Here’s hoping Meghan, Prince Harry, and her dad, find the peace and happiness they deserve.

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