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Oct 9, 2018

The Power of Taylor Swift

Swifties bought Taylor Swift’s first ever pop country album back in 2006….over a decade later her legion of fans have power enmasse. 

Why does the power of celebrity matter? We normally don’t tackle political issues here at Press Pass LA, however…Taylor Swift has garnered an exception. In a very rare public move Taylor Swift made a political appeal to her followers. She also urged them to vote. If you haven’t yet you can resister on Vote.org. Many states voter registration deadline is today, be aware of the ramifications of November’s upcoming election. Taylor’s message was clear: You Matter. Your voice Matters. After her public endorsement urging her fans to vote, Vote.org saw a 25% increase in voter registration traffic. If this doesn’t show the power of celebrity what does? We feel here at the office that this is a perfect example of social media being used responsibly for good.

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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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Will you be voting? We hope so. In the meantime we’ll leave you with one Taylor’s hit’s from her debut album, and one of our fav’s from her latest. All hail the pop princess. In the meantime, get out there and vote! Queen Tay Tay said so.

 

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