Politics has enabled us to oozed into every bit of our consciousness this year. Sure, it’s always impacted “peoples lives”, but these days, even playing a specific anthem or supporting a particular artist can have intense ramifications. That runs for Taylor Swift, too.
The singer, who released her sixth record, reputation , em> this year, is as much knows we her songwriting abilities as for her attempt to remain a political-free brand. It’s not that she doesn’t have her own idea, of course, but more that she is silent about them, and a myriad of other relevant question. This is something that’s backfired for her in various ways.
Most recently, it’s made some drama within The Swift Life, the brand new utopia-in-app-form for any Swift stan, or Swifties. As The Daily Beast reported under Tuesday, it’s already become a war zone of political head-butting between Trump advocates and others.
It’s simply been a few days of the app’s universe, but fan accounts from Swift stans( and Katy Perry stans, yikes) took to Twitter to share screenshots from The Swift Life, the free platform that connects her fans. One screenshot that has been widely circulated depicts one fan protecting Trump advocates and Republican because of his support for “our troops, ” and another saying she does not “accept homosexuals lesbians and bisexuals.” Though the validity of the screenshots and reports ought to have disputed amongst fan accounts on Twitter, the screenshots that have garnered attention are embedded below.
Another screenshot shows a devotee posting about why they disagree with Hillary Clinton’s politics, once again citing “the safety of our troops.”
“I don’t need to explain myself but there are people who voted for reasons other than Trump being a bigoted, sexist homephobe[ sic ], ” a user named Britt wrote.
Meanwhile, others were just gauging who was pro-Clinton or not, sparking a back-and-forth on whether fans of Trump or Clinton get priority when it comes to meeting Swift herself.
These aren’t the only controversial topics. A quick search of the hashtag #blacklivesmatter( you can only search hashtags on the app) demonstrates 13 posts in support of the movement.
Along with different screenshots of a political nature are tweets from devotees — some of whom are, yes, Trump advocates, but want to focus on what’s important: Swift, who dominates all other aspects of the space, naturally.
Enter the app, a cluttered showing of cats, levels to unlock, and Taymojis, and the political hotbed The Swift Life is portrayed to be isn’t really clear. It’s largely filled with no ill will or drama in sight. Upon arrival to TSL, you’re greeted by a standard set of guidelines requesting users to build the app “a safe and all-inclusive place for everyone to enjoy, ” and a note asking fans to report bullying or harassment.
Many of the users portrayed in the screenshots still have accounts, and have since posted about being bullied off of the app because of their now-deleted posts. Others, including those who have spoken up in opposition to the president, assert they do not seem safe in the space.
Swift continues her political notions jostle behind a very thick drapery. Just last month, she and her camp came under fire for threatening a ACLU-backed blogger who had written a piece about links between Swift’s music and white supremacy. There is no denying that alt-right websites have latched onto Swift as an icon, and while she has not espoused the name whatsoever, she also hasn’t denounced white ascendancy on her social media platforms, though her lawyers have on her behalf( “Let this letter stand as a yet another unequivocal denouncement by Ms. Swift of white dominance and the alt-right, ” a letter obtained by the ACLU on behalf of Swift reads ).
If all of that is happening on our day-to-day social networks, it’s no surprise a bit would be leaking out onto a Swift-specific platform. Whether or not she will actually do anything about it will be a Christmas miracle for someone out there.
Update: Dec. 19, 2017, 6:41 p.m. EST strong> This piece has been updated to include additional information regarding tweets considering The Swift Life and quote from Swift’s lawyers regarding white supremacy.