Superstar musician Taylor Swift found herself the target of right-wing ire this week with the release of her new Vogue cover story. In it, she discussed her political opinions, a topic which she has largely avoided in the past. While she has had a reputation for avoiding politics for most of her career, she has become more engaged over the past couple of years.
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Swift gave endorsements to Democrats during the 2018 midterms and has become an outspoken advocate for LGBTQ rights. The former drew Trump’s attention this past October and he said that her endorsements of the opposition party made him like her music “25% less.”
Now, the Vogue interview has incensed conservatives anew, as the GOP simply cannot stand to see anyone, especially someone with as influential a platform as Swift, standing up for the dignity and rights of those the right-wing seeks to oppress.
“Rights are being stripped from basically everyone who isn’t a straight white cisgender male. I didn’t realize until recently that I could advocate for a community that I’m not a part of,” said Swift in her Vogue piece.
“It’s hard to know how to do that without being so fearful of making a mistake that you just freeze. Because my mistakes are very loud. When I make a mistake, it echoes through the canyons of the world. It’s clickbait, and it’s a part of my life story, and it’s a part of my career arc,” she went on.
Later in the interview, Swift addresses the criticism she faced for not coming out strongly against Donald Trump in 2016.
“Unfortunately in the 2016 election you had a political opponent who was weaponizing the idea of the celebrity endorsement. He was going around saying, I’m a man of the people. I’m for you. I care about you. I just knew I wasn’t going to help,” said Swift.
“Also, you know, the summer before that election, all people were saying was She’s calculated. She’s manipulative. She’s not what she seems. She’s a snake. She’s a liar. These are the same exact insults people were hurling at Hillary. Would I be an endorsement or would I be a liability? Look, snakes of a feather flock together. Look, the two lying women. The two nasty women. Literally millions of people were telling me to disappear. So I disappeared. In many senses,” she added.
Not surprisingly, Swift’s brave and honest words have angered Republicans who simply can’t stand the thought of anyone criticizing their beloved authoritarian leader.
Washed up musician Kid Rock — real name Robert James Ritchie — appears to be particularly irritated with Swift for standing up for the marginalized, as he decided to launch a disgusting sexually-charged tweet at Swift, demeaning her for supporting Democratic ideas.
“Taylor Swift wants to be a democrat because she wants to be in movies…period,” he tweeted from his official account. He went on to accuse her of trading sexual favors for access and fame, a completely unfounded and vile accusation that says far more about Ritchie than it does her.
It’s worth noting that Swift has already appeared in numerous films and will be appearing in the much-anticipated film “Cats.” Ritchie, on the other hand, is struggling to remain relevant so desperately that he even floated the idea of a Senate bid just to drum up attention. The man is utterly pathetic and his decision to align himself with the MAGA movement will only hasten his hurtle into obscurity.
Taylor Swift wants to be a democrat because she wants to be in movies….period. And it looks like she will suck the door knob off Hollyweird to get there. Oldest move in the book. Good luck girl.
— Kid Rock (@KidRock) August 9, 2019
The sexist smear understandably ignited outrage and in turn, invited a wave of mockery against Kid Rock. Many took aim at the fact that he pretends to be working class but is in fact a multimillionaire who had a privileged upbringing. Others laughed at how deeply irrelevant he has become.
Making a vulgar sexual statement in the hopes of undermining a woman more successful than you are. Sounds like kid rock is in fact a Republican https://t.co/98PF4K08mO
— Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) August 9, 2019
All Kid Rock tweets about politics should include this photo of his childhood home: pic.twitter.com/EgTpbslP51
— Michael Tannenbaum (@iamTannenbaum) August 9, 2019
Never forget that Kid Rock is a rich guy named Bob in redneck drag whose mediocrity is only surpassed by his cheesiness.
— Elizabeth Spiers (@espiers) August 9, 2019
Nah—the oldest move in the book is for racist, irrelevant hack musicians to take social media pot shots at actual talented superstars with moral compasses who are leveraging their fame to help people instead of bowing to a white supremacist President.
We see you, tiny.
— John Pavlovitz (@johnpavlovitz) August 9, 2019
You're just jealous. https://t.co/FxtgTyxHc8
— Mangy Jay (@magi_jay) August 9, 2019
I’m boycotting Kid Rock’s music because of stupid shit like this. It’s America son, people have the right to pick what party they want to belong too. If you don’t like it leave it.
— David Weissman (@davidmweissman) August 9, 2019
I’m beginning to think the scumbag who gets in fights at Waffle Irons might not be all that classy.
— Adam Parkhomenko (@AdamParkhomenko) August 9, 2019
This is what Kid Rock is hiding under the hat. Nice. pic.twitter.com/K41H6NqdBx
— ❣️ Sassy Mouth ❣️ (@SassyMouth2012) August 9, 2019
Bro, you’re 48. Might be time to change the name to Retiree Rock.
— The Hoarse Whisperer (@HoarseWisperer) August 9, 2019
Literally any rock is better than Kid Rock. Fraggle Rock, Jailhouse Rock, the Rock, Chris Rock, a small rock that flew up from the road and cracked my windshield.
— Adam Best (@adamcbest) August 9, 2019
Hey look everyone, Dad Rock has a fucking opinion about women that includes blatant misogyny. Color me fucking shocked.
Shut your yap, culture vulture.
— Kno (@Kno) August 9, 2019
this is kid rock's most popular song, and he thinks he can talk shit about taylor swift. okay. lmao. pic.twitter.com/vmBJVvJRO3
— ☆°•.ashley.•°☆ (@40oztoofreedom) August 9, 2019
I would say you’re canceled but does anyone remember who you are?
— Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) August 9, 2019
I genuinely didn’t know you were still alive. Congrats!
— Fred Delicious (@Fred_Delicious) August 9, 2019
Kid Rock: I sucked the knob off of a swamp opossum to get a role in Joe Dirt. pic.twitter.com/BVXQzpV6Q8
— Vivian Crosswhite (@VivCrosswhite) August 9, 2019
I just filled my trash can with all the Kid Rock albums I’ve ever purchased pic.twitter.com/EPO7iaYZOD
— Max Lederman (@Max_Lederman) August 9, 2019
I'm so happy to hear you're still alive!!! pic.twitter.com/WaQ55zwcnw
— Perez (@ThePerezHilton) August 9, 2019
Ladies & Gentlemen,
I present to you a white trash meth addicted Trump supporting has been rapper.
— Andrew Goss ✊USAF✊ (@Goss30Goss) August 9, 2019
If meth could stand upright, put on dirty clothes, and make shitty music, it would look like this… pic.twitter.com/OKIy6C0an3
— Carolina California (@scnursecat) August 9, 2019