In a new Netflix biopic called Miss Americana, pop star Taylor Swift gets political slamming both President Donald Trump and her state senator, Marsha Blackburn (R-TN).
Until recently, Swift has been mute on the political front, strategically steering clear of making statements that could alienate parts of her fan base. But that changed when she decided to urge her Tennessee Instagram followers to vote for Democrat Phil Bredesen in the midterm Senate race.
In her post, she slammed Blackburn for failing to vote for the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women ACT. She also spoke out against the senator’s opposition to equal pay for women and gay rights, saying “These are not MY Tennessee values.”
“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.”
In the Netflix special she calls the Tennessee Senator “Trump in a wig.” A fitting description considering the Senator is currently busy slandering a war hero on Twitter—Blackburn is spreading unfounded claims that Alexander Vindman leaked information to the Whistleblower and that he was badmouthing the U.S. to Russia.
Taking off the Masking Tape
In the film, Swift talks about how she never really gave her opinion on politics in the past because she thought people wanted to hear her sing, not discuss policy. Yet, she also wants to “ be on the right side of history,” and she wishes she would have spoken out during the 2016 election.
Her publicist warns her that posting political content could result in backlash, even warning her that the President may decide to come after her for her comments. Swift replies:
“Fuck that. I don’t care.”
There is a worry that speaking out could result in a fate similar to that of former-country darlings the Dixie Chicks. But Swift says, “It’s time to take the masking tape off my mouth forever.”