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There Is An Oddly Satisfying Irony To The Timing Of Taylor Swift’s Overdue Political Declaration To Vote Democrat

She’s late to the party, but denouncing the Republican candidate straight after finishing up her Republican-fan-filled US tour leg is a cheeky burn.

Taylor Swift has infamously remained silent on her political stance and been widely criticised for failing to denounce Donald Trump during the 2016 election when it could have really mattered.

But now Taylor Swift has finally arrived at the party, and that party is the Democratic Party.

In a long post shared on Instagram, Swift announced that she would not vote (again) for the Tennessean Republican Marsha Blackburn in the upcoming midterm elections, instead throwing her support behind Democrat Phil Bredesen in the Senate, and fellow Democrat Jim Cooper for the House of Representatives. She also implored her fans to educate themselves on the candidates and vote.

“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.” She shared.

“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. “

While this is not quite the direct denouncement of Trump we’ve been asking for, it is an empowering call to action to stand against oppression that will hopefully resonate with Swift’s fanbase. It’s something that we’ve seen more of in Taylor Swift in recent times and hopefully there’s more to come.

Obviously it would have been great to hear her speak out sooner, but there is at least some satisfaction to be had in the timing of her sudden change of heart.

On Saturday Taylor wrapped up the US leg of her tour, which was undoubtedly filled out by a whole lot of the Republican ticket-holders that make up a chunk of her fanbase.

Only after collecting that sweet Republican ticket-sale support did she turn around and burn them with her Liberal support. Oops!

If you try not to think about Swift’s potentially selfish motivation for this timing, it is quite enjoyable to think of the betrayed Republicans who have lost an icon to the fight against oppression. Dang flabbit.

Meanwhile, Taylor Swift is literally being criticised for disabling comments on her Instagram post, because how DARE she take away this space where fruitful debate takes place!

I’m sure all comments would have been totally respectful and not at all just tiresome e-bile from middle-aged white men.

Here is Taylor Swift’s full Instagram post – the feminist statement we’ve all been hoping to hear for a while.

“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!”

Better late than never!

Taylor Swift Isn’t Always A Great Feminist, But She Just Gave A Powerful Speech On Sexual Assault To Mark The Anniversary Of Her Lawsuit Victory

"I just wanted to say I'm sorry to anyone who wasn't believed."

It’s been one year since Taylor Swift won her lawsuit against the man who sexually assaulted her in public during a 2013 meet and greet.

Swift countersued DJ David Mueller for a single symbolic dollar to serve as an “example to other women who may resist publicly reliving similar outrageous and humiliating acts”, and her win was a huge win for us all.

There are a lot of fair criticisms to make about Taylor Swift, her feminism and her politics. Her feminism is predominantly exclusive to women who are, like her, white and privileged, and she’s been infamously quiet when it comes to crucial things like denouncing Donald Trump.

So it’s great to see Taylor share such powerful words about sexual assault that calls on the need for change and empathises with the many, many victims out there who are not believed.

No one is under any obligation to publicly share anything about their own experiences with sexual assault, which makes the emotional and extremely personal speech Taylor Swift gave on stage at her Reputation tour performance all the more brave and powerful.

“This exact day a year ago, I was not playing a sold out stadium in Tampa. I was in a courtroom in Denver, Colorado, and I was there for a sexual assault case.” Taylor tells her fans.

“This day a year ago was the day the jury decided in my favour, and said that they believed me. I’m don’t want to– I guess I just think about all the people that weren’t believed, and the people who are afraid to speak up because they think they won’t be believed. I just wanted to say I’m sorry to anyone who wasn’t believed, because I don’t know what turn my life would have taken if people didn’t believe me when I said that something had happened to me.”

“I guess I just wanted to say that we have so, so, so much further to go,” She continues. “And I am so grateful to you guys for being there for me during what was a really, really horrible part of my life. I just wanted to say that, and I wanted to thank you for everything.”

I know that when I meet you guys at meet and greets before and after the shows, you tell me about the hard times you’ve gone through in your lives, and I really appreciate you trusting me with that information. You guys have seen me go through so many ups and downs in my life, just due to the public nature of the way my life is, and I’m just so happy to see you and to have you and to know you through the ups and downs of my life. Thank you for everything. I’m sorry, I just haven’t really talked about it, so I’m just not composed at all.”

Fans were given specially made faux single dollar bills to represent the symbolic dollar Swift won in her court case, and instructed to hold them up during her speech to show support for her and all victims of sexual assault.

Taylor Swift may not always be a great feminist, but this was a powerful and brave thing to do. It’s a good reminder that while criticising people is important, we are often very quick to condemn and that is far less useful.

Having someone with as huge a platform as Taylor Swift improve her personal politics is much more helpful than writing her off completely, especially if Swift keeps up this kind of empowering content.

We Regret To Inform You That Destroying Trump’s Hollywood Star Has Only Caused It To Multiply Because Conservative Street Artists Are Busy Defending Their Leader

No fake news just fake stars appearing in dozens all over the Hollywood Walk Of Fame.

It looks like the repeated destruction, vandalism and protest of Donald Trump’s Hollywood Star and the West Hollywood City council’s recent unanimous vote to have the star permanently removed has really not sat well with Trump supporters. Shocker!!!

Boy bye.

But unfortunately, the retaliation is here, and it is cursed.

On Thursday night a crew of conservative street artists (which are apparently a thing) stuck scarily realistic faux-Trump stars on blank squares all over the Hollywood Walk of Fame. So basically it looked like the destroyed Trump star had become sentient and brought an army of Trump stars to plague us.

Isn’t having Trump as the president sufficient punishment? Have we not suffered enough?

The artist and his cohorts call themselves “The Faction” and they’re allies of the prolific conservative artist Sabo.

There have been over 50 laminated vinyl replica’s of the cursed Trump tribute spotted and people have been working hard to find and peel them all off, but the street artist is apparently not finished with his mission to defend Trump’s honour.

“Rip up the president’s Walk of Fame star or try to have it removed — like you’re the mayor of West Hollywood or something — and 30 more will pop up.” The anonymous artist told The Hollywood Reporter.

Let us pray that they’ve tired themselves out with the stunt and we can live our lives free of self-multiplying Trump Stars. Amen.

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