Taylor Swift’s Equality Act Push Gets Frosty Response From Trump Administration

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Taylor Swift dove headfirst into politics on the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards Sunday, utilizing her look to publicly denounce anti-LGBTQ discrimination.

Simply how the White Home interpreted her remarks, nevertheless, is a distinct story. 

The pop famous person opened the 36th annual ceremony with a medley of her pride-themed anthem, “You Want To Calm Down,” and the title monitor from her new album, “Lover.” 

The efficiency recreated the look of the “You Want To Calm Down” music video, that includes appearances by Swift’s longtime pal Todrick Corridor and a bevy of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” stars. That video, launched in honor of Satisfaction Month in June, concluded with a word from Swift asking U.S. followers to signal a petition supporting a complete anti-discrimination invoice referred to as the Equality Act.

Later in Monday’s ceremony, Swift repeated that plea when accepting her award for Video of The Yr for “You Want To Calm Down,” which she co-directed with Drew Kirsch.  

“You voting for this video means that you really want a world the place we’re all handled equally beneath the legislation, no matter who we love, no matter how we establish,” she stated. Cheekily glancing at her watch, she added, “It now has half one million signatures, which is 5 occasions the quantity that it might have to warrant a response from the White Home.” 

The Equality Act handed the Democrat-controlled Home in Might. It faces harder odds, nevertheless, within the Republican-controlled Senate, the place it has but to be introduced up for a vote. 

By Tuesday afternoon, the Trump administration issued a response to Swift’s plea ― type of. 

“The Trump administration completely opposes discrimination of any variety and helps the equal therapy of all,” White Home Deputy Press Secretary Judd Deere informed CNN when requested in regards to the singer’s remarks. “Nonetheless, the Home-passed invoice in its present kind is crammed with poison capsules that threaten to undermine parental and conscience rights.” 

Swift has been significantly vocal about politics within the lead-up to “Lover,” which was launched final week. Through the 2016 presidential election, she confronted criticism for staying silent whilst stars like Beyoncé and Katy Perry publicly rallied on behalf of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. 

“Sadly within the 2016 election you had a political opponent who was weaponizing the concept of the movie star endorsement,” she informed Vogue earlier this month of her earlier reluctance to talk out. “He was going round saying, I’m a person of the folks. I’m for you. I care about you. I simply knew I wasn’t going to assist.”

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