Taylor Swift Fans Found Her Dad’s Messy, Right-Winged, Facebook Posts
Taylor Swift can’t seem to stay out of the news. This week alone, the singer/songwriter performed a concert on Good Morning America and also announced that she will re-record all of her old albums. Swift also appears on the highly-coveted September issue of Vogue. If that wasn’t enough, Swift’s highly-anticipated, seventh, studio album, Lover drops tomorrow. But despite all of Swift’s recent wins, fans still managed to stumble upon some things on Facebook that could cause no small amount of controversy.
One of the things that fans are most excited about is how personal Lover is slated to be. Swift confessed that her seventh album is her favorite and she mentioned that she has no qualms about speaking her truth in this next phase of her music. Most specifically, Swift is getting musically political for the first time. This is evidenced by her lyrics and music video for “You Need To Calm Down” where she openly shows her support of the LGBT community.
“I definitely think there are political undertones in the new music I made. I’m not planning to stop encouraging young people to vote and to try to get them to talk about what’s going on in our country. I think that’s one of the most important things I could do,” Swift said about Lover in an interview with a German news outlet.
Taylor Swift’s dad
Unfortunately, for the 29-year-old songstress, Taylor Swift isn’t the only Swift that’s been getting political. Yesterday, fans managed to unearth some right-winged memes and posts that the songwriter’s father (Scott K. Swift) posted to his Facebook page. What started off as a joke that her father posted, quickly turned into something that required damage control.
Taylor responds on Tumblr
“Taylor and Austin said I needed to get steps on my phone. Wrapped phone in towel, secured with rubber bands and put the dryer on “cool.” Put 10,000 steps on the phone, watching golf. Felt great! They were right,” Swift’s father posted to his Facebook page jokingly. Swift quick reblogged the post on her Tumblr page, responding with a cutesy message that is quintessentially T. Swift. “This man must be stopped. Parents on the loose. Where does he get the nerve? No more guitar picks for him,” the 29-year-old wrote back.
Right-winged FB posts
Before long, fans went exploring on Scott K. Swift’s Facebook page. Many were surprised to see that he had reposted some very offensive memes that highlighted his right-winged views as recently as this January. Furthermore, he himself wrote posts in which he praised Nancy Reagan, who is particularly disliked in the LGBT community for her and her husband’s silence amidst the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Shortly after fans noticed this, Swift immediately deleted the post off her Tumblr page and Scott K. Swift’s Facebook account was deactivated.
Ultimately, we’re not surprised that Swift’s father would post right-winged memes like this. Sure we can see why fans are disappointed, but we’re sure many stans have faves with relatives who hold super problematic beliefs. Of course, we would’ve loved if Swift had taken the opportunity to use this a teaching moment, but we don’t expect much from a woman who just started making her political views known a few years ago.
Swift is singing a different tune
While deleting the message and deactivating the page seems like shoving the problems under the rug, we don’t know what else Swift may have done to address the issue privately. Ultimately, her father’s views don’t necessarily reflect hers and we can understand why she would want to distance herself from them. We’re just happy that Swift is using her platform and enormous influence to push ideals that are more diverse and inclusive to all people.