Taylor Takes A Stand

Kylee Gregory, Reporter

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Taylor Swift just released her movie Miss Americana, which gave an insight into her career, upbringing, and internal struggles while being in the music industry. She particularly had a lot to say about her involvement in the 2018 Tennessee midterm election, endorsing Democrat Phil Bredesen.

Swift listened to the Dixie Chicks while growing up. They were banned from singing in the United States after making a split statement about President Bush before the war with Iraq. She states that her label executives and publishers would always tell her to not be like them.

However, Taylor endorsed the Tennessee Democrat by posting on Instagram, “I will be voting for Phil Bredesen for Senate and Jim Cooper for the House of Representatives,” after stating why she does not support Marsha Blackburn and her campaign. Swift continued pushing for the Equality Act after the election, which prohibits discrimination on members of the LGBT community.

The movie was released on January 31 and featured a scene in which Swift got emotional while looking for her team’s approval on becoming involved in the election. In the scene, Taylor is near tears while telling her managers and her father, “It really is a big deal to me. She [Blackburn] votes against fair pay for women. She votes against the re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act which is just basically protecting us from domestic abuse, stalking. She votes, she thinks that if you’re a gay couple, or even if you look like a gay couple, you should be allowed to be kicked out of a restaurant. It’s really basic human rights, and it’s right and wrong at this point and I can’t see another commercial and see her disguising these policies behind the words ‘Tennessee Christian values’, those aren’t Tennessee Christian values. I live in Tennessee. I’m Christian. That’s not what we stand for. I need you to do this. I just need you to forgive me for doing it, because I am doing it.”