Pop singer writes in magazine essay: Im going to do more to help. We have a big race coming up next year
Taylor Swift has vowed to become more active in politics ahead of the 2020 US presidential election, saying she feels it is her responsibility to speak out against disgusting rhetoric.
Invoking racism and provoking fear through thinly veiled messaging is not what I want from our leaders, and I realized that it actually is my responsibility to use my influence against that disgusting rhetoric, the pop singer wrote in an essay in Elle magazine in which she lays out 30 things she learned before turning 30 years old.
Im going to do more to help. We have a big race coming up next year, she added.
Swift broke a years-long silence on political issues in 2018, when she endorsed two Tennessee Democrats in Novembers midterm elections. A spike in voter registrations followed her Instagram post encouraging fans to register.
In her new essay, Swift explained why she waited so long to speak out and why she has now decided to make her views known.
Im finding my voice in terms of politics. I took a lot of time educating myself on the political system and the branches of government that are signing off on bills that affect our day-to-day life. I saw so many issues that put our most vulnerable citizens at risk, and felt like I had to speak up to try and help make a change, she said. Only as someone approaching 30 did I feel informed enough to speak about it to my 114 million followers.
In the new issue of Elle, where she appears on the cover, the singer lists 30 lessons she has learned before turning 30, ranging from the lighthearted to the deeply personal. She will have her milestone birthday on 13 December.
I didnt know how we were going to keep 3 million fans safe over seven months. There was a tremendous amount of planning, expense, and effort put into keeping my fans safe, she wrote, adding that she also fears for her own safety because her address has been posted online.
I carry QuikClot army grade bandage dressing, which is for gunshot or stab wounds, she wrote. You get enough stalkers trying to break into your house and you kind of start prepping for bad things.
Swift revealed that her mother is again battling cancer, and said that her experience with sexual assault has taught her to always believe victims.
Coming forward is an agonizing thing to go through. I know because my sexual assault trial was a demoralizing, awful experience. I believe victims because I know firsthand about the shame and stigma that comes with raising your hand and saying This happened to me, she wrote. Its something no one would choose for themselves.
She also touched on lighter subjects, saying she has learned to mix some easy cocktails like Pimms cups, Aperol spritzes, Old-Fashioneds, and Mojitos, and perfected recipes for spaghetti and meatballs and chicken fajitas with mole sauce.
And Swift said she has learned her lesson after years of sleeping in makeup and occasionally using sharpie markers as eyeliner. DO NOT DO IT, she wrote.
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