Unlike most celebrities, country music singer-turned-popstar Taylor Swift has always stayed out of politics, choosing to keep her political views private. That’s why it came as a huge surprise on Sunday when she took to Instagram to call for her supporters in Tennessee to vote for the Democratic opponent of Republican Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn.
“As much as I have in the past and would like to continue voting for women in office, I cannot support Marsha Blackburn,” Swift posted on Instagram, according to Fox News. “Her voting record in Congress appalls and terrifies me.”
After claiming that Blackburn “voted against equal pay for women. She voted against the Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, which attempts to protect women from domestic violence, stalking, and date rape,” Swift concluded her post by saying, “These are not MY Tennessee values.”
In just the two days since Swift’s post went up, it appears her call to arms to her fans has paid off for her. Data from Vote.org shows that voter registration has skyrocketed all over the country since Swift posted on Instagram.
This, unfortunately, comes as no surprise. Many of Swift’s fans are young people who don’t follow politics closely and have no incentive to vote. It’s this young and clueless demographic that Democrats are desperate to reach. When stars like Swift call on young people to vote Democrat, many of them will blindly do so without doing any research into who they are actually voting for. Instead, these youths will gladly vote for whatever candidate their famous idol told them to.
While Swift may have gotten what she wanted in the short term, she should not be surprised if this ends up coming back to bite her in the long run. Swift may be more of a pop singer now, but she got her start in country music and it was those conservative fans that got her where she is today. With this statement, she has alienated these fans and she may never get them back. Pop music is more of an industry for a young artist, and Swift will find herself aging out of this market at some point. At that time, she will likely want to make her return to country music and she may end up finding that her original fans want nothing to do with her by that point.
In not talking about politics for so many years, Swift seemed to be the rare star who was not submitting to the liberal entertainment industry. With this statement, Swift has now shown the world that she is just another out of touch Hollywood liberal.