Taylor Swift used her acceptance speech for artist of the year at the American Music Awards on Tuesday night to encourage her fans to vote.
“This award and every single award given out tonight were voted on by the people, and you know what else is voted on by the people?” Swift asked the audience. “It is the midterm elections on November 6. Get out and vote. I love you guys.”
As you know, I don’t watch award shows, so this all came as news to me this morning and it bears some investigation! Luckily, many of the morning email thingies already are on it!
The impact of Taylor Swift getting political was an itim in the Axios email thingie:
“After the pop star endorsed two Democratic candidates — and urged her 112 million Instagram followers to vote in this year’s midterm elections — Vote.org saw a massive spike in registrations.”
240,000 registered in the 48 hours after her Instagram post.
Is that a lot?
190,178 registered in the entire month of September. (Hollywood Reporter)
If you are wondering if Prznint Stupid, who rarely misses a chance to put women in their place, was true to form, you needn’t wonder any more:
“I’m sure Taylor Swift has nothing — or doesn’t know anything about her (Blackburn),” Trump said.
And then he added, with a laugh: “Let’s say that I like Taylor’s music about 25% less now, OK?”
Quick, Comrade, name three Taylor Swift songs! (I rest my case. Full disclosure: I don’t think I could either.)
So, you know, Swift dissed Marsha Blackburn and endorsed Phil Bredesen. How’s it working out? Reliable Sources email thingie says:
But Swift’s post is not necessarily translating to newfound support for the two candidates she endorsed. The NYT is doing live polling in the Phil Bredesen-Marsha Blackburn race, and Nate Cohn says he isn’t seeing much movement in Bredesen’s direction, despite Swift’s new backing for him…
Of course, it may be too soon to be reflected in the polling. At any rate, if a celebrity endorsement can get that many people to register to vote, then I hope more celebrities flex those muscles.