In Taylor Swift’s article for Elle, she explains thirty things that she has learned before the age of thirty. Some are bold and others are seemingly simple but perhaps even braver. In number twenty-eight, she confides in readers that she has only found “her voice in terms of politics." She also cites up above her upbringing to be a “polite” girl and her struggles with trying to remain kind at all times. It seems however, that now, Swift is less interested in a carefully curated image and more interested in investigating authenticity.
Vox also highlights Taylor Swift’s unique position as an American sweetheart who started out in country music. Her managers, attempting to protect her, warned against speaking out politically, so she would not have to “suffer the fate of the Dixie Chicks” whose careers were compromised due to their public disapproval of former President George W. Bush. However, when 2018 rolled around, Swift broke her silence and supported two Democratic candidates for congress. She no longer wanted to shout “Happy Pride Month” at her concerts as if Pride were a fun party and there was not rampant violence against the LGBTQ+ community in the United States.
According to Vox, Lorenzo Marquez tweeted in support of Taylor Swift’s music video for “You Need to Calm Down” because he would have appreciated such a huge platform expressing this kind of support when he was a child. There is no denying that Swift has massive societal sway and at the end of her music video, she chose to advertise a petition she started in support of the US Senate’s Equality Act.