VMAs 2019: Taylor Swift Goes Political, Shades Donald Trump’s White House
Taylor Swift won at the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards and took a political stance against the current White House. As you may know, the “Lover” hitmaker has been promoting the Equality Act that expands protections to citizens from being discriminated against on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity.
What did Taylor Swift say about the White House?
Swift took the stage to accept the award after winning for Video of the Year for “You Need to Calm Down.”
“I just want to say that this is a fan-voted award. So, I first want to say thank you to the fans because in this video, several points were made, so you voting for this video means that you want a world where we’re all treated equally,” Swift said.
She continued: “Regardless of who we are, regardless of how we identify, at the end of this video there was a petition — and there still is a petition for the Equality Act, which basically just says we all deserve equal rights under the law.”
At the end of the music video, there’s a title card that urges viewers to sign a petition so the bill can be considered.
“Let’s show our pride by demanding that, on a national level, our laws truly treat all of our citizens equally. Please sign my petition for Senate support of the Equality Act on change.org,” the title card reads.
Wrapping up her speech, Swift says that the petition has had more than enough signatures to be considered by the White House, but they have not heard anything from them.
“And, I want to thank everyone who signed that petition because it now has half-a-million signatures, which is five times the amount that it would need to warrant a response from the White House,” Swift added looking down at her wrist simulating looking at a watch.
Taylor Swift regrets political silence
The “Blank Space” singer had kept mum about her political views for years and was curiously silent during the past 2016 presidential election. Now, she’s singing a different tune regarding politics.
“The things that happen to you in your life are what develop your political opinions. I was living in this Obama eight-year paradise of, you go, you cast your vote, the person you vote for wins, everyone’s happy!” she told The Guardian. “This whole thing, the last three, four years, it completely blindsided a lot of us, me included.”
Swift is now ready to use her platform to voice her opinions and help anyway she can for 2020.
“I can’t believe we’re here,” she told the British publication. “It’s really shocking and awful. And I just wanna do everything I can for 2020. I wanna figure out exactly how I can help, what are the most effective ways to help.”
Previously she had talked to Vogue about why she didn’t endorse Hillary Clinton during the 2016 election, which she revealed that it was because Trump was weaponizing celebrity endorsements and didn’t want to hurt her campaign.
“The summer before that election, all people were saying was, ‘She’s calculated. She’s manipulative. She’s not what she seems. She’s a snake. She’s a liar,'” Swift recalled. “These are the same exact insults people were hurling at Hillary. Would I be an endorsement or would I be a liability? ‘Look, snakes of a feather flock together. Look, the two lying women. The two nasty women.’ Literally millions of people were telling me to disappear. So I disappeared. In many senses.”