Taylor Swift Breaks Her Political Silence
One of the biggest criticisms Taylor Swift has faced in the past has been her decision to avoid making political statements. But not anymore.
Taylor posted on Instagram this week ahead of the midterm elections urging her massive fanbase to make sure they are eligible to vote, and are aware of the candidates in their area.
"In the past I’ve been reluctant to publicly voice my political opinions," Taylor captioned the image adding, "but due to several events in my life and in the world in the past two years, I feel very differently about that now".
Truly, Taylor's past has been a major question mark when it comes to her political alignment, and the singer has been criticised for not being more vocal and using her platform to talk politics.
Taylor votes in the state of Tennessee, and seeing her wade into the decision isn't a light issue as the Tennessee Senate Race is one that many in the United States are keenly watching.
Former Democratic Governor and former Mayor of Nashville Phil Bredesen is up against Republican Marsha Blackburn, with MSNBC showing Blackburn polling at 46.8 percent and Bresden in a dead-heat at 46.3 percent.
Now, Taylor is throwing her support behind Bredesen.
"As much as I have in the past and would like to continue voting for women in office, I cannot support Marsha Blackburn," Taylor wrote.
Outlining the policies Blackburn has supported in the past, including the right to deny LGBTQ couples marriage, voting against equal pay for women, and voting against the Violence Against Women Act, Taylor claimed Blackburn's voting record stands opposed to her "Tennessee values".
Along with voting for Bredesen, Swift noted she would also be voting for Jim Cooper for the House of Representatives. It's the first time the "Don't Blame me" singer has aligned herself with any political party.
Back in the 2016 Presidential Election, Swift faced major backlash for not voicing her support for either candidate -- instead, posting a photo in the voting line.
There were conspiracy theories as to who she may have voted for (the sweater she's wearing looks vaguely similar to one worn by a young Hilary Clinton) and based on her ~ squad ~ and their voting record it appeared Taylor wouldn't have been a Trump voter.
But her signature silence worked against her, with many choosing to believe that her refusing to name the candidate she voted for meant she had actually swung Donald Trump a vote.
With her very open and honest post, Swift has put several of her critics in the corner, choosing to vocally support those running against Trump's candidates.
Awkwardly, in 2015, Blackburn was one of the members of Congress who held a political fundraiser at a Taylor concert in Washington where she sold tickets for $2000 USD.
Oh, look what you made her do.
Featured image: Instagram @TaylorSwift.