Friday, July 19, 2024

Coincidence? Taylor Swift Steps Up for Democrats as Kanye West Doubles Down on Trump Backing


Taylor Swift came out swinging for the political fences this week. She endorsed Democrats running for office in Tennessee, and vehemently came out against the state’s female Republican leader, Marsha Blackburn. told Buzzfeed that Swift’s proclamation caused a sign-up of 65,000 new voters. Her influence is major. Previously, Swift had stayed out of politics, leaving the cheerleading for Hillary Clinton to her own sometime rival Katy Perry.

But with Kanye West publicly supporting Trump, and planning a lunch with him this week, Swift may have felt it was her time to step up for Democrats, people with brains, and human beings.

Swift and West have been in a public feud for years. It began when West jumped on stage at the 2009 Grammys and protested her Music Video of the Year win over Beyonce. Yes, that was nearly a decade ago. Since then, they’ve scrapped in lyrics to songs even when claiming their war was over.

Kanye, despite losing most of his base by backing Trump, keeps doubling down on the much-loathed president. Swift is now positioning herself as an activist. It can only help her “Reputation.”


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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