Taylor Swift's highly anticipated Netflix documentary Taylor Swift: Miss Americana features several emotional scenes, including one that shows the Lover songstress crying about her concern for her home state of Tennessee.
The moment was filmed just a few weeks before Tennesseans were set to vote in the 2018 midterm election, with Phil Bredesen (D) running against Marsha Blackburn (R) for a seat in the United States senate. Blackburn has been widely criticized for her anti-LGBTQ+ policies, in addition to voting down the re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act.
“I can’t see another commercial [with] her disguising these policies behind the words ‘Tennessee Christian values.’ I live in Tennessee. I am Christian. That’s not what we stand for," Swift says to her team, explaining why she felt so strongly that she needed to speak publicly about her political views for the first time.
Swift also calls Blackburn "Trump in a wig."
You may or may not be surprised to learn that after being DrAgGeD tO FiLtH, Marsha [who ultimately won the election] has released a statement attempting to patch things up with Taylor. Variety reports that it reads:
"Taylor is an exceptionally gifted artist and songwriter, and Nashville is fortunate to be the center of her creative universe. While there are policy issues on which we may always disagree, we do agree on the need to throw the entertainment community’s collective influence behind legislation protecting songwriters, musicians, and artists from censorship, copyright theft, and profiteering. I welcome any further opportunities to work with Tennessee’s and the nation’s creative communities to protect intellectual property and ensure appropriate compensation for their creations. On that note, I wish Taylor the best — she’s earned it.”
No response from the queen of pop music, yet, but I'll keep you posted.
What are your thoughts on all this?