- Taylor Swift announced she has donated to the March for Our Lives campaign
- Swift took to Instagram to share the announcement on her support
- It is unclear how much she donated but she has said in the past she stays out of politics
- Oprah Winfrey & Steven Spielberg donated $500K each to March for Our Lives
- Their announcement follows George and Amal Clooney’s donation of $500,000
- The couple said they were ‘inspired’ by students leading anti-gun protests
- The March for Our Lives event is Saturday in Washington DC
Taylor Swift has always been the Ken Bone of music. In that she’s resistant to taking any kind of political stand, not that she’s been found to be a milkshake duck.
On Friday, T Swift shifted majorly out of character and announced that she would be making a donation to March for Our Lives, the student led protest movement advocating for greater gun control.
“No one should have to go to school in fear of gun violence,” Swift wrote. “Or to a nightclub. Or to a concert. Or to a movie theatre. Or to their place of worship.”
She added, “I’ve made a donation to show my support for the students, for the March For Our Lives campaign, for everyone affected by these tragedies, and to support gun reform.”
Swift then shared her support for the victims of the Parkland High School shooting, “I’m so moved by the Parkland High School students, faculty, by all families and friends of victims who have spoken out, trying to prevent this from happening again.”
No one should have to go to school in fear of gun violence. Or to a nightclub. Or to a concert. Or to a movie theater. Or to their place of worship. I’ve made a donation to show my support for the students, for the March For Our Lives campaign, for everyone affected by these tragedies, and to support gun reform. I’m so moved by the Parkland High School students, faculty, by all families and friends of victims who have spoken out, trying to prevent this from happening again.
Mega fans of the star quickly rallied behind Swift and thanked her for her shout-out:
I was so happy when k first saw this
— Victoria’s a Swiftie (@swiftie8282) March 23, 2018
Nothing but respect for MY president @taylorswift13 pic.twitter.com/7Us5Q3F9Z5
— Emily (@emilyblueb) March 23, 2018
Taylor does so much good in this world and we don’t even know about half of it. Finally people can stop bitching that she doesn’t use her influence to help when it’s needed. Not every good thing she does needs to be publicized but I’m so proud of her for this 🙌🏻 pic.twitter.com/6bAYWfacwV
— 𝔯𝔢𝔭𝔲𝔱𝔞𝔱𝔦𝔬𝔫 | TS fan account since 2010 (@Swiftness13) March 23, 2018
Being fully real, Taylor never had to speak up. BUT in the current climate of our world, I genuinely believe it is imperative to speak up because if not, you are accepting injustice. I’m so damn proud of her for finding the bravery to use her voice.
— #StayFearlessKhloe (@shann0n_13) March 23, 2018
Wait for people to say that Taylor only did this for attention or publicity but I’m so proud of you Taylor and you always inspire me to be a better person ❤️ pic.twitter.com/BKllifAhqK
— Gabby (@GabbyTS13) March 23, 2018
Swift was one of the few musicians to not endorse any political candidate in 2016. Her disinterest for politics is well known, a position disdained by pretty much anyone besides my cousins, who don’t vote.
“I’m not gonna sit here and go into my political views cause that’s not what I chose to do. I chose to do music,” Swift once said in an interview.
Survivors of Stoneman Douglas High School shooting have been vocal and pushing for gun control legislation starting just hours after the shooting (pictured L-R) Emma Gonzalez, David Hogg, Cameron Kasky and Alex Wind
Swift’s donation likely doesn’t reflect any transformation of her character insomuch as the youth led gun control movement’s mainstream success. It’s rare to have the gun control conversation endure this long and with this intensity. Google Trends revealed that people were still searching for gun control a week after the massacre, pathetically longer than most of these conversations last. Tomorrow’s March for Our Lives protest may be one of the largest on record.
Much like her album, T Swift may have a “Reputation” — but that, too, can change.