Taylor Swift fans are growing increasingly frustrated with her silence on the Supreme Court’s likely plan to overturn Roe v. Wade.
Swift recently received an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts from New York University (NYU).
And despite receiving the award at a critical time in our country’s history, the singer remained apolitical in her 25-minute speech.
His apparent silence on the matter has been a permanent point of contention for fans.
The singer took to Instagram to promote her boyfriend’s new Hulu show, but did not mention the many dangers facing women in the United States.
Fans expected “feminist” Taylor Swift to talk more about abortion rights and Roe vs. Wade.
After being criticized for remaining silent during the 2016 Trump campaign, Swift vowed that she would use her platform to speak out more on political issues, even telling the Guardian in 2019: “Obviously I’m pro- choice.”
In this same interview, she declares herself a feminist. But fans repeatedly noted a lackluster response to women’s issues.
The singer has over the years expressed support for LGBTQ rights and gun violence issues, but her particular branch of feminism seems to be somewhat lenient given her habit of picking where she lends her voice.
Taylor Swift often uses feminism only to advance her own interests.
A major scandal involving Swift took place when Scooter Braun bought the rights to her music and sold it to a private company in 2020.
Swift claimed she hadn’t had the chance to land the rights herself and made numerous attempts to dismiss the shoddy business deal as sexist.
While there’s an important conversation to be had about how female artists are treated in the industry, there’s no denying that Swift was still the ultimate benefactor of this deal.
Under the guise of feminism, Swift re-released her old albums, which likely earned her more wealth and media attention than if the music masters had been given to her in the first place.
This act is not inherently evil, but when juxtaposed with her silence on an issue that affects so many more people than herself, her feminism seems hollow.
Then there was Swift’s infamous feud with Nicki Minaj in 2015 after Minaj called the VMAs when her breakthrough “Anaconda” music video was snubbed multiple nominations.
Minaj called out MTV for repeatedly naming “very thin bodied women” and hinted there may be racial bias.
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Forgetting about the many important questions Minaj probed, Swift instead accused Minaj of trying to “play women against each other.”
Although Swift later apologized, the response shows the singer’s repeated habit of downplaying issues that affect marginalized women by instead focusing on how it affects her.
But celebrities aren’t politicians, and Taylor Swift won’t save abortion rights.
Although she has influence, the singer is not a legislator. Are fans wrong to expect her to have spoken for them in a meaningful way?
The backlash Swift has received may also expose a larger societal problem of turning to celebrities for advice on major human rights issues when we should be directing our attention to the politicians who dropped out in the first place.
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Sanika Nalgirkar is a writer covering entertainment and current affairs, lifestyle and pop culture.