‘Feminist icon’ stays home during Women’s March
After failing to attend the Women’s March hosted in Washington, D.C., pop singer Taylor Swift now has some “bad blood” with her fans on Twitter.
The 27-year-old artist did not join the likes of other female celebrities like Rihanna and Cher at the Women’s Marches that took place worldwide this past Saturday.
Instead, Swift voiced via Twitter her support for the march.
“So much love, pride, and respect for those who marched. I’m proud to be a woman today, and every day. #WomensMarch,” she wrote on Saturday.
Following the message, many felt that a tweet did not make up for her absence.
Some called Swift’s tweet “gross opportunism,” according to AOL. com.
Swift is one of many female celebrities who did not attend, though she is a self-proclaimed feminist icon.
She has revolved her brand around being a feminist and inspiring women to stick together.
Swift even focused her Grammy Awards acceptance speech for Album of the Year on young women, insisting they stay determined even when other people (in her case, Kanye West) try to take credit for their achievements.
This raises the question of where she was during the marches.
Members of the “Shake it Off ” singer’s “girl squad” Lena Dunham and Blake Lively were present.
Some say the pop star tweeting was a means of co-opting feminism for her brand but failing to act or undoubtedly misinterpreting the concept altogether.
“As a fan of yours, this is some bull—. You do not get to pick and choose when feminism benefits you,” one fan tweeted and has since deleted.
Others pointed out feminist celebrities who did attend: “Taylor should be going to the women’s march. Ariana, Demi, Miley…so many others are going. I think Taylor should’ve gone. Sorry not sorry,” another user tweeted.
It is no secret that Swift has remained rather silent about her stance in politics.
“I don’t talk about politics because it might influence other people,” she told Time magazine in 2012. “And I don’t think that I know enough yet in life to be telling people who to vote for.”
This is the reason many wanted Taylor to use her voice to speak out about President Trump’s attitude toward women.
However, the singer stayed silent for most of the election season and chose to not endorse President Donald Trump or former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
She only encouraged fans to go vote in an Instagram post.
“Her plan – to be as famous and as rich as she can possibly be – is working, and by using other women as tools of her self-promotion, she is distilling feminism for her own benefit,” Dayna Evans wrote in Gawker.
We do not know why Taylor Swift did not attend the Women’s March, but our guess is in this situation she will stay quiet as well.