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Taylor Swift Buka-Bukaan Dukung Demokrat

Posted on: 10/9/18 at 1:41 pm

Taylor Swift mengatakan, “Dulu saya enggan menyuarakan opini politik saya secara blak-blakan, tapi karena beberapa kejadian dalam hidup saya dan di dunia dua tahun terakhir, perasaan saya berubah.”

Oleh: Braudie Blais-Billie. (Pitchfork)

Taylor Swift baru-baru ini buka suara tentang pandangan politiknya yang selama ini hampir tidak pernah ia bahas. Dalam sebuah postingan di Instagram, Swift menyatakan dukungannya terhadap kandidat Senat dari Partai Demokrat Phil Bredesen dan Anggota Kongres dari Partai Demokrat Jim Cooper menjelang pemilihan umum paruh waktu di kampung halamannya di Tennessee. Swift turut menyuarakan dukungannya terhadap hak-hak LGBTQ+, kesetaraan gender, dan penentangannya terhadap diskriminasi rasial sebagai dasar keputusannya untuk memilih Bresdesen dan Cooper. “Saya percaya bahwa rasisme sistematis yang masih kita lihat di negeri ini terhadap orang kulit berwarna sangat menakutkan, memuakkan dan lazim.” Baca pernyataan lengkapnya di bawah ini.

Swift kemudian menjelaskan mengapa dia tidak akan mendukung Anggota Perwakilan dari Partai Republik asal Tennessee, Marsha Blackburn. “Catatan pemungutan suaranya di Kongres mengerikan dan menakutkan bagi saya. Dia menentang suara untuk memberikan gaji yang setara untuk kaum wanita. Dia menentang suara untuk Otorisasi Ulang UU Kekerasan terhadap Wanita, yang berupaya melindungi wanita dari kekerasan dalam rumah tangga, penguntitan, dan pemerkosaan.” Dia juga menyoroti nilai-nilai homofobia yang dianut Blackburn, termasuk kepercayaannya bahwa para pebisnis “berhak untuk  menolak melayani pasangan gay.” “Ini bukanlah nilai-nilai Tennessee yang saya percaya,” tutup Swift.

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I’m writing this post about the upcoming midterm elections on November 6th, in which I’ll be voting in the state of Tennessee. 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. 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. I believe in the fight for LGBTQ rights, and that any form of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender is WRONG. I believe that the systemic racism we still see in this country towards people of color is terrifying, sickening and prevalent. I cannot vote for someone who will not be willing to fight for dignity for ALL Americans, no matter their skin color, gender or who they love. 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. 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. Please, please educate yourself on the candidates running in your state and vote based on who most closely represents your values. For a lot of us, we may never find a candidate or party with whom we agree 100% on every issue, but we have to vote anyway. So many intelligent, thoughtful, self-possessed people have turned 18 in the past two years and now have the right and privilege to make their vote count. But first you need to register, which is quick and easy to do. October 9th is the LAST DAY to register to vote in the state of TN. Go to vote.org and you can find all the info. Happy Voting! 🗳😃🌈

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Selama bertahun-tahun, Swift banyak dikritik karena tidak pernah membahas politik, terutama tindakan diamnya terhadap kepresidenan Donald Trump. Pada Senin lalu, saat ditanya tentang komentar Swift, Trump menjawab, “Anggap saja saya menyukai musik Taylor sekitar 25 persen lebih sedikit sekarang, OK.”

 

Keterangan foto utama: Taylor Swift. (Foto: HDQ Walls)

Sumber: pitchfork.com
Posted on October 8, 2018

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