Taylor Swift Takes on Senator Marsha Blackburn and More in Netflix Documentary Released Today

Taylor Swift at Academy of Country Music Awards 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada (Photo credit: Gerald Biggerstaff)

Taylor Swift’s new documentary, “Miss Americana” documenting the 30 year-old singer’s political awakening drops on Netflix today, Friday, January 31. 

After being silent for years on all things political, Swift broke her silence in 2018 when she endorsed now Senator Marsha Blackburn’s opponent, Phil Bredesen to represent Tennessee in the United States Senate.

In an October 7, 2018 Instagram post, Swift explained her reasons for endorsing Bredesen including her support for the LGBT community.

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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! 🗳😃🌈

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Blackburn won the Senate seat by 11 points.  In the documentary, Swift talks about her distaste for Blackburn’s conservative views and reacts to Blackburn winning.

She gets to be the first female senator in Tennessee, and she’s Trump in a wig. She represents no female interests. She won by being a female applying to the kind of female males want us to be in a horrendous 1950s world. – Swift

Since her endorsement for Bredesen in 2018, Swift has spoken out on her support for equal rights for the LGBTQ community, including writing a letter to Tennessee’s other Senator, Lamar Alexander, urging his support for the Equality Act which passed the United States House of Representatives in 2019.  On her latest album, “Lover,” Swift penned a song combating those who protest against equal rights for the LGBTQ called, “You Need to Calm Down.”  The music video for the song featured various LGBTQ icons including Olympic ice skater Adam Rippon, Emmy winner Billy Porter, and RuPaul.  Also appearing in the video is one of Swift’s close friends, Todrick Hall, who inspired Swift to be vocal on her support for the LGBT community.

While not hinting to the Netflix documentary, Blackburn released a statement in response on Thursday evening ahead of the premiere of “Miss Americana”:

Taylor is an exceptionally gifted artist and songwriter, and Nashville is fortunate to be the center of her creative universe. While there are policy issues on which we may always disagree, we do agree on the need to throw the entertainment community’s collective influence behind legislation protecting songwriters, musicians, and artists from censorship, copyright theft, and profiteering….I welcome any further opportunities to work with Tennessee’s and the nation’s creative communities to protect intellectual property and ensure appropriate compensation for their creations. On that note, I wish Taylor the best — she’s earned it.

Blackburn also referred in her press statement to the legislation that she and Democrat Rep. Jerry Nadler co-sponsored, the Ask Musicians for Music Act, which asks of radio services to pay “fair market value” on music they use.  Swift, herself, has previously voiced her interests in protecting the rights of singers and songwriters.

“Miss Americana” can be streamed starting Friday, January 31 on Netflix and in select theaters across the U.S.


Source:  Senator Blackburn’s Government Page 

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