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Taylor Swift Finally Takes a Political Stand, Speaks Out Against Anti-Gay Senate Candidate

Taylor Swift Finally Takes a Political Stand, Speaks Out Against Anti-Gay Senate Candidate

The country crooner turned pop superstar publicly endorsed two candidates on Instagram on Sunday, after years of criticism for staying quiet on political issues.

Taylor Swift is finally making her political views known.

The singer â€" who has been reluctant to speak about politics despite intense pressure to do so â€" posted a lengthy message on Instagram on Sunday saying she was voting for Phil Bredesen, a Democrat running for U.S. Senate in Tennessee against the Republican candidate, Marsha Blackburn. In the past, Swift has been hesitant to speak out, and heavily criticized for not doing so, and acknowledged that in her post.

"In the past I’ve been reluctant to publicly voice my political opinions, but du e to several events in my life and in the world in the past two years, I feel very differently about that now," she wrote. "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."

Swift added that she regrets not being able to support a female candidate.

"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 r ecord 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."

She ended with a plea for her followers to "educate" themselves on the candidates running their own states and encouraged them to register to vote.

According to a CBS News/YouGov poll published Sunday, Blackburn leading Bredesen (she is leading with 50 percent of the respondents saying they'd vote for her if the election were today vs. 42 percent for Bredesen). The two are running for the seat currently held by outgoing Republican Sen. Bob Corker.

For his part, Bredesen thanked Swift for her support in a tweet.

"Thank you for the kind words @taylorswift13," he wrote. "I'm honored to have your support and that of so many Tennesseans who are ready to put aside the partisan shouting and get things done. We’re ready for it."<

The singer â€" who got her start in country music but has crossed over to become a pop superstar â€" has a fan base that comprised of many conservative voters. Several twitter users applauded her for finally speaking out. Messages included: "AT LONG LAST TAYLOR SWIFT HAS RELEASED HER POLITICAL VIEWS INTO THE WORLD AND MY GOD THEY ARE GLORIOUS THANK THE LORD I CAN SLEEP WELL KNOWING I HAVENT BEEN UNKNOWINGLY SUPPORTING A REPUBLICAN FOR 11 YEARS."

And another one: "Spent all day crying bc my dad popped up unexpectedly on Facebook, but Taylor Swift just announced her political views for the first time and she’s a democrat like I knew she was, so there can be light on a dark day."

Another one: "You know this country and our political landscape is 10000000% fucked when taylor swift actually breaks her silence on her political opinions."

And another: "Wow, Taylor Swift just got political on Instagram. Liberal queen coming to snatch Kanye’s red hat of his bald head."

Still others weren't as happy about Swift's endorsements.

"@taylorswift13 Bad move. Politics just ruined your career. You picked the wrong side. We are never ever getting back together. Unfollowed," wrote one.

"I am very disappointed in @taylorswift13's recent comments about great candidate for US Senate @MarshaBlackburn. Does every pop star/actor have to voice their political opinions to the world? Newsflash: we don't care. Never have, never will. #VoteMarsha," wrote another user.

"@taylorswift13 Respectfully, be quiet and sing! I guess you’re more pop t han country now anyway. You’re country fans are gonna be disappointed. Now you’re on the level of Katie Perry," added another.

And another: "@taylorswift13 I am so disappointed in you. This clearly shows you have gotten your liberal paycheck and never thought I would see the day. Here is another one to end up draining down the tube. Wow. Sick."

Read Swift's full post below.

Source: Google News Hollywood

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