Two big things are looming over the cultural landscape these days. Not only will Taylor Swift release her upcoming album “Midnight” on October 21st, the US midterm elections will follow in November!
When the big event components of the news come together, there is no doubt a difference!
Swift, 32, who has a history of integrating politics into her career, raised awareness about the midterm elections this morning by posting a message on her Instagram Story. Swift’s post on the Nov. 8 election includes a reference to “midnight” and more information related to vote counting.
Read on for more info on the post!
Swift has a reputation for getting involved in politics
Swift’s reminder on her Instagram Story that the midterms isn’t her first politically-related post, nor is it her first time speaking out on a political issue.
Over the past five years, society as a whole has changed dramatically for a variety of reasons, including but not limited to the global pandemic and the rise of many partisan-driven politically related decisions made for the public, especially in the United States, which impact Women and minorities at large.
In the late 2010s, Swift first started talking about certain political situations. Many of these situations have global repercussions that will result in her “swiftie” fan base being heard more and having the opportunity to connect with or benefit from her words.
According to a Billboard article, the first example of Swift speaking out politically was related to the 2018 mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, where 17 people were killed at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School on Valentine’s Day.
On March 23, Swift revealed on Instagram that she had made a donation to March for Our Lives, which was organized and supported by students in the wake of the Parkland shooting.
She wrote: “I donate to show my support for the students, for marching for our lives, for all those affected by these tragedies, and for gun reform.
Swift later went public with her support for Tennessee’s candidate for this year’s midterm elections, which she also detailed in an Instagram post (via a billboard).
In the aforementioned post, Swift spoke out against the actions of incumbent Senator Martha Blackburn of Tennessee, writing: “…I cannot support Martha Blackburn. Her voting record in Congress astounds me and fear,” and went on to name several human rights issues Blackburn had voted against before Swift’s post.
2020 Netflix documentary about Swift, Miss. Americana, features multiple instances of Swift discussing and dealing with political situations, including a heated discussion with her father that could alienate her fan base if she chooses to speak out about politics some members of.
She was also warned that she could be outraged by then-President Donald Trump, to which she replied: “I don’t care.”
Swift encourages her fans to vote in 2022 midterm elections
One of the things Swift does care about, however, is keeping her fanbase informed of important voting-related dates.
This morning, she shared an Instagram Story with a link for fans to find out more about registering to vote!
“Since the last general election, 8.3 million people have newly qualified to vote, and a quarter of eligible voters are not registered to vote,” her post said.
Swift also wrote: “There are only 49 midnights left until the 2022 US midterm elections on November 8.”