Late Sunday evening, Taylor Swift broke her career-long political silence. In an impassioned and heartfelt Instagram post, she endorsed Phil Bredesen and Jim Cooper, two Tennessee Democrats running for the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, respectively.
Swift also criticized Bresden’s Republican opponent, Marsha Blackburn, for her harrowing voting record that has repeatedly discriminated against women and the LGBTQ community. “Her voting record in Congress appalls and terrifies me,” Swift wrote.
Swift’s silence on political issues has, in part, defined her career. She has repeatedly said she does not believe celebrities or artists should be obligated to share their political opinions, in an effort to prevent politics from becoming pop culture fodder. But times have changed, and Swift has finally acknowledged this transformation.
“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,” Swift wrote.
Sunday’s statement is a breathtaking and momentous reversal for Swift. It’s validation for Swift’s fans, many of whom are people of color and LGBTQ+, two of the communities for which Swift directly advocated: