For years, Taylor Swift was stubbornly apolitical. When she failed to comment on the 2016 general election, many assumed she was a secret Trump supporter. Now she’s released a disparagingly named single, You Need To Calm Down, on a day that happens to be the US President’s 73rd birthday.
But is it too little, too late? Swift’s journey from (frustrating) neutrality to (tame) protest songs has been a bumpy one.
Once the darling of country music, a genre with a traditionally more Right-leaning fanbase, Swift declared “Republicans do it better” on her Myspace page, back in 2008.
And then, in 2009, she pivoted, lending her support to Barack Obama. “I’ve never seen this country so happy about a political...
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