Taylor Swift has steered clear of controversy—well, political controversy—for most of her career, but no longer. It’s 2018 and times have changed. Hot on the heels of a dramatic endorsement for Tennessee Democrats Phil Bredesen and Jim Cooper, Swift has used her platform at the American Music Awards to encourage all of her fans to get out and VOTE.
Swift won Artist of the Year, Tour of the Year for her Reputation Stadium Tour, and Favorite Female Pop/Rock Artist. When Swift accepted her third award of the night for Artist of the Year, the star reminded everyone that they can vote for more than their favorite artist: “I just wanted to make a mention of the fact that this award and every single award tonight was voted on by the people, and you know what else is voted on by the people … the midterm elections on November 6.” Dayum! “Get out and vote. I love you guys.”
— American Music Awards (@AMAs) October 10, 2018
You know, encouraging people to exercise their democratic rights shouldn’t be a political act. It should be easy. But let’s be honest. The Republicans have made it their mission to suppress the vote because their actual policies are SUPER unpopular. If rocking the vote is “political,” let’s all be political.