Musician and entertainer Kid Rock took aim at Taylor Swift and her recent political statements indicating it’s all in a desire to be in Hollywood movies.
Kid Rock took to Twitter to criticize Swift writing, “Taylor Swift wants to be a democrat because she wants to be in movies…period. And it looks like she will suck the door knob off Hollyweird to get there. Oldest move in the book. Good luck girl.”
Taylor Swift wants to be a democrat because she wants to be in movies….period. And it looks like she will suck the door knob off Hollyweird to get there. Oldest move in the book. Good luck girl.
— Kid Rock (@KidRock) August 9, 2019
Kid Rock’s comment comes after Taylor Swift did an interview with Vogue where she discussed the meaning behind her new song “You Need to Calm Down.”
Swift told Vogue:
“The first verse is about trolls and cancel culture. The second verse is about homophobes and the people picketing outside our concerts. The third verse is about successful women being pitted against each other.”
Swift detailed that the people picketing outside her concerts is a specific reference to a specific group, but she doesn’t want to name them.
“So many artists have them at their shows, and it’s such a confounding, confusing, infuriating thing to have outside of joyful concerts. Obviously I don’t want to mention the actual entity, because they would get excited about that. Giving them press is not on my list of priorities.”
As for the third verse, the music video will feature Katy Perry. Swift indicates its a commentary on the media.
“We decided the metaphor for what happens in the media is they pick two people and it’s like they’re pouring gasoline all over the floor. All that needs to happen is one false move, one false word, one misunderstanding, and a match is lit and dropped. That’s what happened with us. It was: Who’s better? Katy or Taylor? Katy or Taylor? Katy or Taylor? Katy or Taylor? The tension is so high that it becomes impossible for you to not think that the other person has something against you.”
Not only is the song political, but Vogue reports, “The video’s final frame sends viewers to Swift’s change.org petition in support of the Equality Act.”
In the petition, Swift writes:
“Our country’s lack of protection for its own citizens ensures that LGBTQ people must live in fear that their lives could be turned upside down by an employer or landlord who is homophobic or transphobic. The fact that, legally, some people are completely at the mercy of the hatred and bigotry of others is disgusting and unacceptable.
Let’s show our pride by demanding that, on a national level, our laws truly treat all of our citizens equally.”
In the interview with Vogue, Swift would further discuss her stance on the LGBTQ community and indicate why she’s being more vocal about her support:
“Rights are being stripped from basically everyone who isn’t a straight white cisgender male. I didn’t realize until recently that I could advocate for a community that I’m not a part of. It’s hard to know how to do that without being so fearful of making a mistake that you just freeze. Because my mistakes are very loud. When I make a mistake, it echoes through the canyons of the world. It’s clickbait, and it’s a part of my life story, and it’s a part of my career arc.”
Swift would also discuss sexism in the music industry where she admitted she never saw it when she was a teenager.
“When I was a teenager, I would hear people talk about sexism in the music industry, and I’d be like, I don’t see it. I don’t understand. Then I realized that was because I was a kid. Men in the industry saw me as a kid. I was a lanky, scrawny, overexcited young girl who reminded them more of their little niece or their daughter than a successful woman in business or a colleague. The second I became a woman, in people’s perception, was when I started seeing it.”
“It’s fine to infantilize a girl’s success and say, How cute that she’s having some hit songs. How cute that she’s writing songs. But the second it becomes formidable? As soon as I started playing stadiums—when I started to look like a woman—that wasn’t as cool anymore. It was when I started to have songs from Red come out and cross over, like ‘I Knew You Were Trouble’ and ‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.’”
“I wanted to say to people, You realize writing songs is an art and a craft and not, like, an easy thing to do? Or to do well? People would act like it was a weapon I was using. Like a cheap dirty trick. Be careful, bro, she’ll write a song about you. Don’t stand near her. First of all, that’s not how it works. Second of all, find me a time when they say that about a male artist: Be careful, girl, he’ll use his experience with you to get—God forbid—inspiration to make art.”
Swift goes on to discuss cancel culture and cites her experience with Kanye West and Kim Kardashian.
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“A mass public shaming, with millions of people saying you are quote-unquote canceled, is a very isolating experience. I don’t think there are that many people who can actually understand what it’s like to have millions of people hate you very loudly. When you say someone is canceled, it’s not a TV show. It’s a human being. You’re sending mass amounts of messaging to this person to either shut up, disappear, or it could also be perceived as, Kill yourself.”
Taylor Swift has appeared in the TV show New Girl. She was in the film The Giver, and will be in the upcoming live-action Cats film as Bombalurina.
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What do you make of Kid Rock’s comments about Taylor Swift? Do you think he is right? Or do you think he is completely off the mark? What do you make of Taylor Swift’s recent political remarks? And her recent music video?