Taylor Swift is aware of her platform and uses it in the smartest ways. During her Reputation Stadium Tour over the last few months, she has visited sick kids, donated money, and other kinds of things as she has over the last few years. And she doesn't say something unless it needs to be said.
Sunday night after her last US Reputation Tour stop, she took to Instagram and got super political in a lengthy post.
I’m writing this post about the upcoming midterm elections on November 6th, in which I’ll be voting in the state of Tennessee. 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. I always have and always will cast my vote based on which candidate will protect and fight for the human rights I believe we all deserve in this country. I believe in the fight for LGBTQ rights, and that any form of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender is WRONG. I believe that the systemic racism we still see in this country towards people of color is terrifying, sickening and prevalent. I cannot vote for someone who will not be willing to fight for dignity for ALL Americans, no matter their skin color, gender or who they love. Running for Senate in the state of Tennessee is a woman named Marsha Blackburn. As much as I have in the past and would like to continue voting for women in office, I cannot support Marsha Blackburn. Her voting record in Congress appalls and terrifies me. She voted against equal pay for women. She voted against the Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, which attempts to protect women from domestic violence, stalking, and date rape. She believes businesses have a right to refuse service to gay couples. She also believes they should not have the right to marry. These are not MY Tennessee values. I will be voting for Phil Bredesen for Senate and Jim Cooper for House of Representatives. Please, please educate yourself on the candidates running in your state and vote based on who most closely represents your values. For a lot of us, we may never find a candidate or party with whom we agree 100% on every issue, but we have to vote anyway.So many intelligent, thoughtful, self-possessed people have turned 18 in the past two years and now have the right and privilege to make their vote count. But first you need to register, which is quick and easy to do. October 9th is the LAST DAY to register to vote in the state of TN. Go to vote.org and you can find all the info. Happy Voting!
President Donald Trump has even heard about this post and had of course made comments about it saying he now likes Taylor's music 25% less.
But there is a real cool thing that I don't think Taylor intended to happen as much as it has but she has gotten over 65,000 people to register to vote in just 24 hours! That is INSANE but proves that she knows how to make an impact and use her platform! She is one smart lady!
“We are up to 65,000 registrations in a single 24-hour period since T. Swift’s post,” Kamari Guthrie, director of communications for Vote.org, told Buzzfeed. “Vote.org saw [Tennessee] registrations spike specifically since Taylor‘s post.”
For context, in the entire month of August, only 56,669 people registered to vote. That means Taylor’s post contributed to a massive rise in registrations in just a short period of time. Specifically for the state of Tennessee, where Taylor will be voting, they received 5,183 registrations in state this month with 2,144 of those registrations coming after Taylor‘s Instagram statement.