Netflix recently released a documentary following Taylor Swift as she writes her Lover album, muses about breaking away from the image created early in her career and discusses her decision to step into the political arena in 2018.
One major theme of the one hour and 25-minute film is Swift’s decision to endorse former Tennessee Governor Steve Bresden in his tense Senate race against Republican Marsha Blackburn. Swift received criticism in 2016 for not speaking out against Donald Trump during the 2016 Presidential race. The singer revealed in the documentary that she didn’t speak out in 2016 because she was in such a dark place for most of that year. She reasoned that because she was in such a difficult place personally, she didn’t want to speak out just so she could draw more ire from people and then have to retreat back into the difficulties she was facing.
Swift passionately argued for coming out against Blackburn in a tense scene with two publicists, her father, and her mother. In the scene, which Spencer Kornhaber of The Atlantic described as “almost too dramatic to believe that it wasn’t staged,” the men are sitting in chairs with Swift and her mother sitting on a couch. Swift argues that she wants to be on the “right side of history” and said that Blackburn is merely “Trump in a wig.”
The men in the group attempt to talk Swift down from posting an endorsement of Bresden on Instagram. They appealed to financial and security issues that the singer…