Taylor Swift is apolitical no more.
In the past, the pop star has notably refused to discuss anything related to politics. But on Sunday night, she took to Instagram to explain, at length, why she’s voting for Democrats in the upcoming midterms.
Swift, who’s registered to vote in Tennessee, announced she’ll be voting for Democrats Phil Bredesen for Senate and Jim Cooper for the House. She also slammed Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), writing, “Her voting record in Congress appalls and terrifies me.”
“In the past I’ve been reluctant to publicly voice my political opinions, but due to several events in my life and in the world in the past two years, I feel very differently about that now,” Swift, who just wrapped up a 40-date stadium tour across the country, wrote to her 112 million Instagram followers. “I always have and always will cast my vote based on which candidate will protect and fight for the human rights I believe we all deserve in this country.”
Over the past two years, Swift has been criticized for not using her platform as one of the most powerful celebrities on the planet to talk about current events — and glossing over anything political during a grueling, divisive time. The day of the 2016 presidential election, she posted a photo of herself in line to vote and urged others to do the same. She made no mention of her political leanings, even as a top Google search was “Who is Taylor Swift voting for?”
Still, Swift appeared on the cover of Time magazine in late 2017 as a “silence breaker,” as a result of her counter-lawsuit against a country radio DJ who got fired after she alleged he groped her before a concert. (She sued him for $1, which she won.) The magazine wrote that Swift’s “clear-eyed testimony marked one of several major milestones in the conversation around sexual harassment this year.” Swift also publicly made a donation to support the student-led rally urging Congress to take action on gun control and stop mass shootings.
In her post Sunday night, she went into even more detail about her decision about her upcoming vote.
“Running for Senate in the state of Tennessee is a woman named Marsha Blackburn. As much as I have in the past and would like to continue voting for women in office, I cannot support Marsha Blackburn. Her voting record in Congress appalls and terrifies me,” Swift wrote. “She voted against equal pay for women. She voted against the Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, which attempts to protect women from domestic violence, stalking, and date rape. She believes businesses have a right to refuse service to gay couples. She also believes they should not have the right to marry.
“These are not MY Tennessee values. I will be voting for Phil Bredesen for Senate and Jim Cooper for House of Representatives,” Swift continued, adding that the last day to register to vote in Tennessee is Oct. 9.
As social media started blowing up with reactions to Swift’s post, many made the inevitable comparison between her and Kanye West: The two have been at odds since an MTV VMAs incident in 2009, and the animosity continued in 2016 with their feud over West’s song “Famous.” West, of course, has become Hollywood’s most famous supporter of President Trump.