A rift between pop singer Taylor Swift and Republican Senator from Tennessee Marsha Blackburn is making headlines again, this time after Blackburn warned Swift and other artists would suffer under a socialist government.
“When I talk to my musician and artist friends, I say: ‘If – if – we have a socialist government, if we have Marxism, you will be the first to be excluded because the state will have to approve your music,” he said. recently stated Blackburn in a interview with Breitbart News.
Blackburn reiterated the remarks to Fox News reporter Brandon Gillespie at the CPAC meeting last week in Dallas. She also revealed that she reached out to the singer last year in hopes of reuniting to discuss their political differences, which became public in 2018 when Swift endorsed Blackburn’s Democratic opponent and mentionned the senator’s voting record “frightens and terrifies me”.
But the singer most succinctly described her opposition to Blackburn when she called her “Trump in a wig” in the 2020 Netflix documentary “Miss Americana.”
It wasn’t the only time this line was used to ridicule a Republican. Last month, talk show host Jimmy Kimmel mentionned from Republican gubernatorial candidate Caitlyn Jenner, “Are we sure it’s not Donald Trump with a Caitlin Jenner wig?”
While Kimmel’s remark about Jenner raised accusations of transphobia, Swift’s denunciation of Blackburn was one of the most cited lines in the documentary. “Miss Americana” shows the evolution of Swift from a politically reserved 22-year-old woman who once said, “I don’t know if people really want to hear my political views; I think they just want to hear me sing songs about breakups and feelings “to someone who has been credited with a increase in voter registration among young people in 2018.
In the film, Swift revealed that she made the decision to take a political stand because Tennessee is her home state and she didn’t want him to be known for values that conflict with those she holds.
In her opposition to Blackburn, she cites the senator’s opposition to the renewal of the violence against women law (Blackburn voted for a Republican alternative, according to Political fact) and its position on gay rights. Swift tearfully said that Blackburn claims to represent Christian values, but said, “I live in Tennessee. I am Christian. This is not what we stand for. “
For her part, Blackburn complimented Swift, calling her “incredibly talented” and saying, “We are lucky that Nashville is the center of her creative universe. She told Fox News last week that she had made several attempts to meet Swift and that she wanted to “work with anyone who wants to improve the lives of Tennessians.”
But Billboard magazine Noted that she seemed to cast a shadow over the singer on Twitter by celebrating the success of Aaron Lewis’ country song “Am I the Only One?” mourning “another statue coming down to a town near you,” declining patriotism and growing disrespect for the flag. (On July 6, Blackburn tweeted a Breitbart News story that said the song had surpassed iTune sales of the song “Renegade,” which features Swift with the band Big Red Machine.)
Swift hasn’t said anything publicly about why she didn’t accept Blackburn’s invitation to an in-person meeting that could help the two Tennesseans find common ground, as Republicans and Democrats do. have done in programs held across the country, such as “America Talks”. “
There are other precedents of civility between people who disagree, including last year’s gubernatorial campaign in Utah when Republican Spencer Cox and Democrat Chris Peterson together filmed an advertisement in which they promised to show the nation a better way of doing politics.
“We can debate the issues without degrading each other,” Peterson said in the announcement. Cox added, “We can disagree without hating each other.” Both said they hoped voters would vote for them, but said that in Utah, people with opposing views worked together. Presumably, this could also happen in Tennessee.
Meanwhile, Benjamin Wittes, a senior researcher at the Brookings Institution, said he was ready to facilitate such a conversation. On Twitter, he invited Blackburn and Swift to participate in the “In Lieu of Fun” webcast that he co-hosts. (So far no dice.)
Others have suggested that Swift go into politics on her own. “If this continues, Taylor Swift will run for Marsha Blackburn’s seat… and possibly win,” Twitter user Adam B. Stein said. posted.