TAYLOR Swift — who has made a career of writing songs about her terrible choices in men — has officially endorsed Joe Biden for President.
In news shocking to no-one, the pop singer has told V Magazine she will be voting Democrat in the US election.
Taylor Swift’s announcement means Americans now only need to hear from 15 more celebrities before they will have enough information to be able to vote.
In an interview published today, Swift said:
“The change we need most is to elect a president who recognises that people of colour deserve to feel safe and represented.
Women deserve the right to choose what happens to their bodies, and the LGBTIQAX+ community deserves to be acknowledged and included. I’ll be voting for Joe Biden for president.”
If only all those 12 to 15 year-old girls who listen to her music were old enough to vote!
CNN described Taylor Swift’s endorsement of Biden as “fearless”, which had more to do with the fact that she once recorded an album entitled “Fearless” than with the courage it must surely have taken to do what most of Hollywood has already done.
Swift cannot lose by declaring she will vote for Biden. If Biden wins she can say she backed the winner. And if things don’t work out with Joe Biden, at least she was on the right side of woke. And she can write a song about breaking up with him too.
Taylor Swift is a gifted singer. She has 10 Grammy Awards to prove it. But having a great set of pipes doesn’t give her any special political insight. In fact, her celebrity likely makes her less informed than she might otherwise be.
Celebrities typically live in an alternate reality with little understanding of what everyday people have to endure. Taylor should walk the streets of New York, Chicago or Portland without her security team and then explain how she will vote.
The media breathlessly report the pronouncements of celebrities as if expertise in one area of life (in Taylor Swift’s case, recording songs) makes them an authority on all areas of life.
But Swift’s political views are no more relevant or newsworthy than the political views of her local school’s janitor.
If my child swallows a coin, I’m not calling my accountant. Don’t get me wrong, my accountant is brilliant with coins. He can stack them in neat piles, tell me how many there are and which accounts they belong in.
But just because he is good at counting coins doesn’t mean he is qualified to remove them from my toddler’s throat.
And just because Taylor Swift can hold a tune doesn’t mean she has anything to say about the Presidential election.
If we insist that the person fixing our pipes knows something about plumbing and that the person repairing our car knows something about engines why do we not insist that the people the media give a platform to instruct us about voting know something about politics?
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