1989, by Taylor Swift, was one of the first albums I have ever purchased. I was a big fan of Taylor during the entire era of that album. From the release of the debut single to the album itself. I then got the actual record mailed to me from my mother. I also purchased the single remix of Bad Blood featuring Kendrick Lamar by itself. I partially named my cat Red after the album Red and the song. In my iTunes library I have 1989, Fearless, Red, Ronan (single), and Speak Now. Don’t misunderstand me, please in contrary, I am a big fan of her writing. I sometimes wished I would one day be able to work with her. I have the uttmost respect for her art and her hard work. However, her lack of presence in the social crisis sickens me. Because racially speaking I am a minority. As a black muslim fan of Taylor living in the US, a country that is not my home. It saddens me that someone with such a huge platform and ecoing voice only speaks out on issues that concern or affect her, for the most part.
I moved in this country about 4 years ago during the Obama administration. Back then I was not big on politics myself; however, I still made an effort to educate myself and stand for against injustice. I believe as humans it is the least we can do for our fellow humans in misfortunes. Unfortunately, I am not famous nor do I have the platform that Taylor Swift has, not even one bit. Yet I and so many others like me with no celebrity status fight and stand for what is right. Taylor on the other hand only stands and fights for issues that affect her directly.
For example, take on the issue of Apple Music. She wrote a letter to apple, “I write this to explain why I’ll be holding back my album, 1989, from the new streaming service, Apple Music. I feel this deserves an explanation because Apple has been and will continue to be one of my best partners in selling music and creating ways for me to connect with my fans. I respect the company and the truly ingenious minds that have created a legacy based on innovation and pushing the right boundaries […]”
Well Taylor, I am write this post to explain why I am no longer a fan of yours or any of your work. I feel this deserve an explanation as well. You as an American watching your fellow citizens suffer and get killed with no standing or moral reason from people who are supposed to protect them and completely stay mute is painfully unacceptable. I believe you have the ability to understand what to stand for and what not to stand for. It is not in place as an immigrant who also feels insecure being in this country to tell you to stand agaisnt the racism, bigotry, and injustices that are happening.
You need to remember that not making a choice is also a choice, Taylor.
During the 2016 elections is when I started to realize how uninvolved Taylor is in her civic duty. Yes, she posted about encouraging people to vote on election day, but that was about it–I sometimes believe she voted for Trump, I kid you not. Why? Because he was going to give her and people like her a big tax cut. Isn’t that what she stands for? To save and make herself more money in every way she can?
People are divided on whether celebrities should be politicaly voiced or not. Here is the thing about that, celebrities are organs of vast marketing. Like everything on the market they have a brand to maintain when it comes to business; however, before being celebrities I believe they are citizens of their countries, and even before patrtaining to certain politcal geography, we are all humans first and foremost. If they do not use their large platform to educate and teach love to their fans, or make good use of the influence they have on their younger fans then I question what their real purpose is.
Taylor isn’t the only one to be called out. There are other celebrities like Gigi Hadid and Bella Hadid, both of Palestinian descendents, yet I or any of my Muslim friends see or hear them stand for the Palestinian people, nor anything related to the Middle East. The only time Gigi wants to bring out her Palestinian roots is when she is wearing henna or covering the Vogue Arabia. In other words, they use their Middle Eastern roots only when it benefits them and again their money.
There are a lot of successful celebrities who stand for what is right and they are just as succesful if not more. Hence, their image, career, or fan base is irrilevant to the matter.
There has been many social injustices in the last, let’s not even go that far, two years. Not once have I seen or heard Taylor stand up for something. I guess once Apple paid her her that was it. If you are an Apple Music subscriber and a fan of Taylor you probably know 1989 is now on Apple Music.
Blake lively, Taylor Swift’s BFF according to the media, reposted a very interesting picture on her Instagram page. The post is from MotherWise, “I want my friends to understand that “staying out of politics” or being “sick of politics” is privilege in action. Your privilege allows you to live a non-political existence. Your wealth, your race, your abilities or your gender allows you to live a life in which you likely will not be a target of bigotry, attacks, deportation, or genocide. You don’t want to get political, you don’t want to fight because your life and safety are not at stake. It is hard and exhausting to bring up issues of oppression (aka “get political”). The fighting is tiring. I get it. Self-care is essential. But if you find politics annoying and you just want everyone to be nice, please know that people are literally fighting for their lives and safety. You might not see it, but that’s what privilege does […]” with the caption, “So POWERFUL. So true. We must stand together. We cannot be silenced. We cannot get tired. We cannot give up. This. Is. History. Where do you want to tell your kids you stood?” Thanks for telling us to stand up, Blake. We were never sitted. You might want to tag Taylor on that one. Which I and another Instagram user did in her comment section.
And please, do not get me wrong, I am in no way saying that she is not a good person at heart. I do not know her personally. Maybe she is involved outside of public sight–although I hardly can imagine her being; I mean, we are talking about someone who thinks money can solve everything. Take a look at Ke$ha’s sexual assault case. She did not support her publicaly when other stars like Lady Gaga and Demi Lovato did. What she did was ‘donate’ money. No Taylor, your money did not help her emotionally–she could have reached out to her privately, which there is no way for us to know that. But a little public supports here and there assures her fans that she does stand for something. The media portrays her as ‘charitable’ or giving. Only if money could solve everything I think she herself would not have broken heart songs to write about.
And I would like to thank every celebrity out there who stands for something and use thier influence to teach their fan that we must all stand agaisnt racism, bigotry, sexism, xenophobia, and any type of injustice that there is.