Taylor Swift on her religious beliefs and the ‘sinister’ way politicians hide behind ‘family values’

Musician Taylor Swift has a long history of silence on political and religious matters. But with his new documentary, Miss American coming to Netflix, and the hard times of the last few years she started talking. Here’s what Swift has to say about religion and the politicians who use it to distort their messages.

Taylor Swift has always worked not to alienate her base

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When she first broke, Swift was known as a country singer. Country music, more than any other genre, is known for its more conservative basis and Christian values ​​are often embedded in it. Because of this and her young age, it was very important for her to remain silent on political issues.

However, it wasn’t until more recently that Swift realized how much her image had been linked to white supremacist groups. “I didn’t even see that, but, like, if it happened, it’s just disgusting. There is literally nothing worse than white supremacy. It’s repulsive. There shouldn’t be a place for it, ”she said in an interview in 2019.

She has changed her mind in recent years

During the Reputation Back then, Swift didn’t talk much, allowing her music to be the message. But she’s gone through a very dramatic change in the past two years since the album’s release and is now more committed than ever to revealing her beliefs.

Take, for example, his single “You Need to Calm Down”. She used the 2019 hit to convey the intolerance of many towards the LGBTQ + community. Swift also took other action, denouncing Marsha Blackburn, who ran for the Senate in her home state of Tennessee. For her work, she is honored by GLAAD.

Why she spoke out against Blackburn

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I’m writing this article about the upcoming midterm election on November 6, in which I’ll be voting in the state of Tennessee. In the past, I was reluctant to express my political views publicly, but due to several events in my life and the world over the past two years, I feel very different about it now. I have always voted and will always vote according to the candidate who will protect and fight for the human rights that I think 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 BAD. I believe the systemic racism that we still see in this country against people of color is terrifying, disgusting and widespread. I cannot vote for someone who will not want to stand up for the dignity of ALL Americans, no matter what color their skin is, what gender or who they love. A woman named Marsha Blackburn is running for the Senate in the state of Tennessee. As much as I have in the past and would love to continue voting for women in power, I cannot support Marsha Blackburn. His congressional voting record dismays and terrifies me. She voted against equal pay for women. She voted against re-authorizing the Violence Against Women Act, which attempts to protect women from domestic violence, stalking and rape. She believes companies have the right to refuse services to same-sex couples. She also believes that they should not be allowed to marry. These are not MY Tennessee values. I will vote for Phil Bredesen for the Senate and Jim Cooper for the House of Representatives. Please find out which candidates are running in your state and vote based on which one represents your values ​​the most. For many of us, we may never find a candidate or party that we agree 100% with on every issue, but we still have to vote. So many smart, thoughtful and confident people have turned 18 over the past two years and now have the right and privilege to have their votes counted. But you need to register first, which is quick and easy to do. October 9 is the LAST DAY to register to vote in the state of TN. Go to vote.org and you will find all the information. Have a good vote!

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In a variety profile on Miss American, Swift explained that she told her team at Blackburn, “I can’t see another ad [with] she disguised these policies behind the words “Tennessee Christian Values”. I live in Tennessee. I am Christian. This is not what we stand for. She has made it clear that her religious values ​​are important to her here.

His decision to speak out was not taken lightly by his team (or his father, who was concerned for his safety). But Swift was confident. “It was a situation where, from a human point of view, and from what my moral compass told me I had to do, I knew I was right, and I really didn’t care about the repercussions,” she declared.

Swift’s anger towards some politicians

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HAPPY MONTH OF PRIDE !!! While we have so much to celebrate, we also have a long way to go before everyone in this country is truly treated equally. Great news recently, the House passed the Equality Act, which would protect LGBTQ people from discrimination in their workplaces, homes, schools and other public places. The next step is for the bill to go to the Senate. I decided to kick off Pride Month by writing a letter to one of my senators explaining how convinced I am that the equality law should be passed. I urge you to write to your senators as well. I will search for your letters by searching for the hashtag #lettertomysenator. While there is no information yet on when the equality law will be submitted to the Senate for a vote, we do know this: Politicians need votes to stay in office. The votes come from the people. Pressure from massive amounts of people is a major way of pushing politicians towards positive change. That’s why I created a petition on change.org to urge the Senate to support the Equality Act. Our country’s lack of protection for its own citizens ensures that LGBTQ people must live in fear that their lives will be turned upside down by a homophobic or transphobic employer or landlord. The fact that, legally, some people are completely at the mercy of the hatred and bigotry of others is disgusting and unacceptable. Let us show our pride by demanding that, at the national level, our laws truly treat all of our citizens equally. Click on the link in my bio to sign the petition for Senate support for the equality law.

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When “You Need to Calm Down” came out, some felt it was almost too much of a stretch in its lyrics. But Swift felt it was important to clarify her point of view. “Celebrating but not defending seemed wrong to me,” she said. “Using my voice to try to defend was the only choice. Because I’ve talked about equality and sang about it in songs like “Welcome to New York,” but we’re at a point where human rights are being violated. “

Swift continued, bemoaning the messages used by conservative politicians to pass hateful legislation. “When you say that some people can get kicked out of a restaurant because of who they like or how they identify, and that these are real policies that some politicians verbally support, and they disguise them as family values ​​is sinister. So, so dark, ”she said.

Ruth R. Culp