Taylor Swift speaks out about her political stance

Gavin Cardoza, Staff Writer

Political activism has been in entertainment since the Civil Rights movements that lasted through the ‘50s and ‘60s. Most people hear the names of activists like Martin Luther King Jr. or Rosa Parks, but many celebrities have spread their political views and commentary since that time as well.
Bob Dylan wrote and released a single called “Blowin’ in the Wind” in the August of 1963. It was one of the many songs to open up about politics, and at the time the civil rights movement. Yet Dylan never takes a side in the song.
Dylan describes what he sees and wants the answer to all the violence and injustice at the time. This request is known through the song’s entirety: but really comes together with this line, “The answer is blowing in the wind and it’s blowing.”
Dylan conveys that the answer is right in front of one’s face, just as air always is, or it’s so unattainable that it’s actually just blowin’ in the wind. Since then, there have been many musicians and actors that have enforced political commentary.
Frontman of punk band Green Day Billie Joe Armstrong uses his music as a segway for political commentary. The song “Holiday” was one of many tracks from Green Day’s American Idiot album that targeted former President George W. Bush. Most tracks and the title of the album itself were targeted at Bush and his open criticism towards conservatives in general. Since Green Day, plenty of musicians and songwriters have opened up about their political views.
Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift, has notoriously remained silent during political bouts. On Oct. 7, 2018, she released a long awaited statement about the midterm elections and an entry into politics.
“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,” Swift said.
Within the following 24 hours after the post, the number of voters for the midterm election had doubled. While Swift’s statement proved a success, political statements do not always escape controversy, as proven by Kanye West earlier this year.
West’s controversial commentary on Republicanism and the political process, being an outright Trump supporter,his claim that “Slavery is a choice,” and the enforcement of political commentary in his last album “Ye” got him a lot of feedback. He admitted it took a lot of courage to come out and say he was a Trump supporter, but some fans believe his already shoddy reputation didn’t need more of a drop off.
After releasing an uncanny single titled “I Love It,” it seemed like that West was picking up pace and leaving political commentary behind; however, tense critics alike have spoken out about his ideas. With this backlash, any chance of a reputation rebuild has gone down the drain.
Some fellow celebrities have anticized West’s decisions, the worst of which was on his lively return to “Jimmy Kimmel Live” after not returning in the past five years.
West found himself interrogated by Kimmel, who asked if he believed that Trump cared about Black people. West tried comprehending the question, but had no rebuttal for Kimmel’s question. Kimmel then asked for a commercial break after the silence. When the show returned to air, the topic was not discussed.
With current hotbeds of controversy in nearly every topic of conversation, some believe the feeling of walking on pins and needles will never end.

Although, there is a boundary most people can agree on, and that is the sweet relief of comedy. Ongoing parodies are found in shows such as “Saturday Night Live,” or on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”
British actor and comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, has an endless list of characters he’s managed to create over the last decade, the most infamous, of which is Borat, the main protagonist in his film, “Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan” or “Borat” for short.
Behind the name is a character, who is a mockery of the man-child stereotype that can’t comprehend any kind of divide when it comes to racist or sexual remarks. The character had been on a two-year hiatus from any kind of appearance.
Cohen resurrects the character in a skit, where Borat attempts to “meddle” in the midterm elections, where he tries to convince voters to go out and support Republicans in favor of “Premier Trump,” or President Trump. .
Whether the act truthfully depicts Cohen’s political views is uncertain, but it did make for great entertainment. His fulfilled purpose was to make great comedy to relieve the masses. It seems like the best result without backlash, especially with how long celebrities have gotten themselves involved in politics.