While she may be the target of the “rumor mill” now and again, Taylor Swift has overall shown much grace when it comes to dealing with the public, her fans, and matters of state.
In fact, she seems to understand better than most celebrities that her job as a singer and artist isn’t in politics. Unless your job is as a celebrity political commentator, maybe you outta keep your mouth shut.
That’s not to say that celebrities can’t have opinions on politics publicly stating them, given your position of influence, can, will, and does create a divide. It’s that simple.
Taylor Swift seems smart enough to understand that she doesn’t want her fans that may be pro-left or pro-right taking sides — maybe she’s actually in it for the love of music, no matter who is listening.
Despite the political firestorm raging around everything Trump does, be it his election or his breathing out of his left nostril, Swift has stayed mum about her thoughts and opinions on the goings on in D.C.’s pillared halls.
This doesn’t sit well with many on the left, as webzine Marie Claire openly expressed on Tuesday:
“We’re still waiting for an explanation of Taylor Swift’s decision to remain apolitical during the 2016 election.”
For many in the leftist media, your disapproval, or better your hatred, of Trump is what allows you to be taken seriously as an artist. A disavowal of the president, or better yet, a Twitter rant against (insert issue of the day here) will win you a standing ovation from the mainstream media, awards, and more.
However, for the left, silence in the face of such evil is equal to consent. Swift’s sealed lips on her politics might as well be a signed and notarized document that gives her approval to whatever dastardly thing Trump wishes to do next.
Marie Claire’s article was less of an honest question about why Taylor has stayed mum, and more like a Nazi Gestapo forcing a citizen to declare allegiance to the body politic lest there be consequences. What Marie Claire didn’t anticipate was that Swift’s celebrity was more powerful than their public attempt at verschärfte vernehmung.
But more than that, Marie Claire — and indeed many in the media — never even considered the fact that Swift’s silence has made her more powerful than their wagging tongues. For all we know, Swift is a raging leftist who donates to Planned Parenthood, believes in safe spaces, cheers on Antifa, and hopes one day Al Franken will grab her by the bulletproof vest. Then again she might be a MAGA hat wearing Israel supporter who thinks the moment an NFL player’s knee touches grass he should be summarily kicked in the jock strap and dragged off the field.
She might be none of those things. We’ll never know, and that is the sharpest arrow in Swift’s quiver.
Swift respects her audience, no matter which way they lean. Whether they’re blue haired SJWs, or troop loving patriots, Swift welcomes all. She’s a performer who is there to bring her audience emotion, depth, fun, and what have you, not divisive commentary and political stances. She never forces anyone to pick a side.
The rest of Hollywood hasn’t learned this. Celebrities spew political verbal diarrhea between takes, songs, plays, and during acceptance speeches, alienating fans and ruining the medium.