10/11/2018

Taylor Swift Finally Went Political. Here’s Where She Went Wrong.

Monica Burke and Ryan Neuhaus, The Daily Signal

Taylor Swift made waves this week when she made the first political statement of her career.

The country-turned-pop star has famously kept silent on politics over the years, but everything changed as of Monday, when she posted an endorsement of two Democratic candidates for office on her Instagram account.

Swift’s post perpetuates misconceptions about the belief in traditional marriage and a principled objection to sexual orientation and gender identity laws.

She wrote:

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The specifics of this election cycle aside, Swift’s position gravely misunderstands the values held by many Tennessee voters, and indeed, citizens across the country.

Swift asserts that she “cannot vote for someone who will not be willing to fight for dignity for ALL Americans, no matter their skin color, gender, or who they love.” According to Swift, a belief in traditional marriage or opposition to adding sexual orientation and gender identity to anti-discrimination law constitutes an attack on the dignity of LGBT people.

Swift falsely assumes that certain mainstream beliefs—the belief that marriage is between one man and one woman, or opposition to sexual orientation and gender identity laws—necessarily stems from animosity toward LGBT people. That could not be further from the truth.

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