Everything has changed for Taylor Swift.
Much has been said about the singer and her largely apolitical image for the latter part of her career. That changed last year when the superstar endorsed Phil Bredesen against Republican Tennessee representative Marsha Blackburn during the mid-term elections. More recently, Swift released a love letter to the LGBTQ community for her single “You Need to Calm Down,” urged her millions of fans to write to their representatives to support the Equality Act andspoke about her political pivot in her profile for Vogue.
Swift credits this to a question posed by her friend and Ru Paul’s Drag Race judge Todrick Hall.
“Maybe a year or two ago, Todrick and I are in the car, and he asked me, ‘What would you do if your son was gay?’” she said.
“The fact that he had to ask me…shocked me and made me realize that I had not made my position clear enough or loud enough,” she continued. “If my son was gay, he’d be gay. I don’t understand the question. If he was thinking that, I can’t imagine what my fans in the LGBTQ community might be thinking. It was kind of devastating to realize that I hadn’t been publicly clear about that.”
Regardless of how you feel about Swift, her music or the way she’s used her platform in the past, it’s incredibly admirable that a celebrity of her stature is being as vocal as she is during the turbulent times we’re living in.
”It’s hard to know how to do that without being so fearful of making a mistake that you just freeze. Because my mistakes are very loud,” she said. “When I make a mistake, it echoes through the canyons of the world. It’s click bait, and it’s a part of my life story, and it’s a part of my career arc.”
Part of what makes a great ally is someone who knows when to get out of the way, but to take accountability for when they make a mistake. We’re only human after all.
h/t: Pink News