On Sunday night, Taylor Swift stunned the world with her ringing endorsement of the Democratic Party. She called Marsha Blackburn(R-TN) to account for not sharing American values, and gave a shout out specifically to Democrats Phil Bredesen and Jim Cooper of Tennessee.
Within the next 24 hours, more than 65,000 people had registered to vote, just in Tennessee.
It was a beautiful moment. The sense of betrayal Democratic women are feeling over the confirmation of alleged molester of women Brett Kavanaugh to our nation’s Supreme Court is obviously gigantic. It was a disgraceful moment for the world. But out of the aftermath, a movement began rising.
One of the first ones to come out and speak for it was country music legend Taylor Swift.
It was a huge moment, thematic in the extreme. In the year of the Democratic woman, this has happened. God bless this woman. Swift’s silence on the issue of politics has been conspicuous since before the election. Silence has been code for assent this whole time.
Many who would never talk about their support for Trump went out and voted for him. Taylor Swift had not used her power to condemn what was going on around her. That led many to believe she condoned it.
On Sunday night, Taylor blew the dust off that belief.
Taylor Swift’s power to reach out and touch other people is obviously massive, but it’s worth taking a look at just how massive. Her Twitter following alone is 114 million. That is more than Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and Bernie Sanders all put together. The fact that she has used that kind of power for the cause of helping us Democrats has left this contributor speechless with gratitude.
As Kamari Guthrie, director of communications for Vote.org, told Buzzfeed on Monday, “Thank God for Taylor Swift.”
So what led to this massive turnaround? It certainly has cost her some backlash. The alt-right is furious. “A Betrayal Beyond Words,” read one headline I saw.
Early reports, given to US Weekly by an anonymous source, told us that the pop star had broken her long silence because “She doesn’t care about haters anymore”, and wanted to use her platform for good. But earlier today, in a lengthy Instagram post, Swift gave us the story.
It was her love for the people that did it. Gender orientation and racism were both given as specific causes that drove her to speak out.
“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,” Swift said.
In fact, that’s what’s driving a lot of us to speak out, haters or not. All of us Resistors, who have been put through the ugliest times in recent history as the sore winner alt-right trolls have come on threads all across the internet boasting and spouting filth in jubilance over Kavanaugh. Speaking to them is kind of like cleaning up vomit.
Swift is not the first country music star in recent history to break ranks with their conservative base. The Dixie Chicks received a huge backlash in 2003 when their lead singer, Natalie Maines, said they were ashamed that George W. Bush was from Texas just after the Iraq War began. Their base was outraged. They bulldozed their CD’s.
In the eyes of the rest of the world, they were superstars.
Taylor Swift will undoubtedly face all manner of slander and revile for this. It will be misogynistic, and it will be hateful. People will be ugly and unfair and cruel.
And none of it will touch her.
This powerhouse of a woman does not need the approval of a bunch of alt-right crazies! For one thing, she’s a Millennial Democrat. Her number is many. For another, she’s one of the biggest names in music in the world. If you’re going to bulldoze all of her CD’s, you’d better be ready to dig some new landfills. Knock yourselves out.
So anyway, Taylor Swift, thank you. Thank you very much. We really needed your help. Bless your heart on behalf of the entire human race, welcome to the Blue Wave, and know that this will never be forgotten.