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Taylor Swift Gets Political for Tennessee

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Taylor Swift isn’t one to play politics, the popular young star shies away from almost every political battle taking place online or in the courts, but today she broke her silence and actually promoted a candidate. On social-media Swift reached out to fellow Tennessee voters, endorsing Phil Bredesen for Senate and Jim Cooper for the House of Representatives. Swift didn’t stop there, she also spoke about Sen. Marsha Blackburn and urged voters to learn about these candidates and to get out there and vote.

“I always have and always will cast my vote based on which candidate will protect and fight for the human rights I believe we all deserve in this country.” Swift told her fans on Instagram. “I believe in the fight for LGBTQ rights, and that any form of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender is WRONG.”

Swift continued, “I believe that the systemic racism we still see in this country towards people of color is terrifying, sickening and prevalent. I 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.”

As we mentioned earlier, Swift called out Blackburn by name. “Running for Senate in the state of Tennessee is a woman named Marsha Blackburn.” Swift’s told fans. “As much as I have in the past and would like to continue voting for women in office, I cannot support Marsha Blackburn. Her voting record in Congress appalls and terrifies me.”

If you’re wondering what Sen. Blackburn could have done to earn the wrath of Taylor Swift, the pop-star had a list ready. Swift told the world, “She 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’s statement told fans, “These are not MY Tennessee values. I will be voting for Phil Bredesen for Senate and Jim Cooper for House of Representatives.”

While you can argue that Taylor Swift doesn’t often use her super powers to fight political change, it’s only fair to point out that she often uses her powers for good. Swift has given millions of dollars to several charities over the years, and was named the most charitable celeb from 2012 through 2014. Swift can also be found in and out of children’s hospitals across the globe, surprising fans and performing impromptu concerts for young patients. Not all heroes were capes and not everyone is comfortable with politics.

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I’m writing this post about the upcoming midterm elections on November 6th, in which I’ll be voting in the state of Tennessee. In the past I’ve been reluctant to publicly voice my political opinions, but due to several events in my life and in the world in the past two years, I feel very differently about that now. I always have and always will cast my vote based on which candidate will protect and fight for the human rights I believe we all deserve in this country. I believe in the fight for LGBTQ rights, and that any form of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender is WRONG. I believe that the systemic racism we still see in this country towards people of color is terrifying, sickening and prevalent. I 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. Running for Senate in the state of Tennessee is a woman named 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. Her voting record in Congress appalls and terrifies me. She 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. She believes businesses have a right to refuse service to gay couples. She also believes they should not have the right to marry. These are not MY Tennessee values. I will be voting for Phil Bredesen for Senate and Jim Cooper for House of Representatives. Please, please educate yourself on the candidates running in your state and vote based on who most closely represents your values. For a lot of us, we may never find a candidate or party with whom we agree 100% on every issue, but we have to vote anyway. So many intelligent, thoughtful, self-possessed people have turned 18 in the past two years and now have the right and privilege to make their vote count. But first you need to register, which is quick and easy to do. October 9th is the LAST DAY to register to vote in the state of TN. Go to vote.org and you can find all the info. Happy Voting! 🗳😃🌈

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Fans will get to see Taylor Swift on the big screen when the adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Weber’s “CATS” hits theaters. For now, go out there and vote.