Taylor Swift is becoming a politician, with a show of support from former frenemy Katy Perry and a host of other celebrities.
On Sunday, the 28-year-old singer of "Look What You Made Me Do" broke her political silence to support two Democratic candidates running for midterm elections in Tennessee.
"I'm writing this post about the upcoming midterm elections on November 6, in which I will vote in the state of Tennessee," Swift began her long message with a moderate Polaroid of herself. "In the past, I have been reluctant to publicly express my political views, but due to various events in my life and in the world over the past two years, I feel very different about it now."
Swift continued: "I have always issued and will cast my vote based on which candidate will protect and fight for human rights that I believe we all deserve in this country. I believe in the struggle for LGBTQ rights, and that any form of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender is INCORRECT. I think the systemic racism that we still see in this country towards people of color is frightening, disgusting and prevailing. "
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"I can not vote for someone who is not willing to fight for the dignity of ALL Americans, regardless of the color of their skin, sex or who they love," he explained. "Running for the Senate in the state of Tennessee there is a woman named Marsha Blackburn. "As much as I have done in the past and would like to continue voting for women in office, I can not support Marsha Blackburn."
Swift analyzed the history of the Republican representative Blackburn. "Your voting record in Congress scares me and terrifies me. She voted against equal pay for women. She voted against the Law on the Reauthorization of Violence against Women, which seeks to protect women from domestic violence, harassment and dating rape. She believes that companies have the right to refuse service to homosexual couples. She also believes that they should not have the right to marry. These are not my Tennessee values. "
Swift shouted at two Democratic candidates, writing: "I will vote for Phil Bredesen for the Senate and Jim Cooper for the House of Representatives. Please educate yourself about the candidates that are presented in your state and vote based on who represents your values best. For many of us, we may never find a candidate or party with whom we 100% agree on each issue, but we have to vote anyway. "
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She concluded with a call to action. "So many smart, thoughtful and self-possessed people have turned 18 in the last two years and now they have the right and privilege to make their vote count," said Swift. "But first you need to register, which is quick and easy to do. October 9 is the LAST DAY to register to vote in the state of TN. Go to vote.org and you can find all the information. Happy voting!
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Swift's Instagram account was earned as Perry's, 33. (The superstars have had a complicated friendship for years, but in May, Perry sent Swift an olive branch and a sweet card before the Reputation Stadium Tour. Swift).
On Sunday, Swift showed his appreciation for Perry's latest show of support and liked a Tumblr post that drew attention to Perry's likes.
Swift also got "Like" comments from Instagram users on List A, including Blake Lively, Chrissy Teigen, Karlie Kloss (who is engaged to Joshua Kushner, Ivanka Trump's sister-in-law), Emily Ratajkowski, Anna Faris, Kevin McHale and more.
Bredesen, the Senate candidate that Swift endorsed, responded to her support with a reference to her success "… Ready for that?"
"Thanks for the kind words @ taylorswift13. "It is an honor for me to count on your support and that of so many Tennesseans who are ready to put aside partisan shouting and do things," he wrote. "We're ready for that." The last day to register to vote is October 9.
Joseph Kahn, who has directed music videos for Swift, responded to Twitter when a user alluded to criticism of Swift for not having previously discussed his political views.
"Congratulations to the person who finally convinced Taylor Swift to take the right side of the story," the tweet said.
Kahn, a fierce defender of the Swift, replied: "She herself."
Old superstar friend Todrick Hall also expressed support for an emotional post on Instagram.
"Expressing your political or religious beliefs will always separate people and potentially create bad blood," Hall wrote in an extensive subtitle that referred to several of his greatest successes. "I have always defended Taylor because I know her heart, I know how her family raised her and how they treated me and welcomed me into their home, life and family with open arms."
Although Swift did not say who he voted for in the 2016 presidential election, he encouraged fans to exercise their right.
"Today is the day, Come out and VOTE," Swift subtitled an Instagram photo of herself waiting in line at her polling place on Election Day 2016.