This shouldn’t be news, yet here we are: Taylor Swift finally broke her political silence. In an Instagram post Sunday night, she endorsed two Democratic candidates in Tennessee.
“In the past I’ve been reluctant to publicly voice my political opinions, but due to several events in my life and in the world in the past two years, I feel very differently about that now,” Swift wrote. “I always have and always will cast my vote based on which candidate will protect and fight for the human rights I believe we all deserve in this country. I believe in the fight for LGBTQ rights, and that any form of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender is WRONG. I believe that the systemic racism we still see in this country towards people of color is terrifying, sickening and prevalent.”
This is exciting for a couple reasons: You can finally listen to Reputation without feeling guilty, and Taylor Swift’s fanbase is a lot of white woman. Who, as we know, have an unfortunate history of supporting Trump.
do you guys think this tweet was the tipping point for Taylor https://t.co/1e1sHMOGfi
— Jen Statsky (@jenstatsky) October 8, 2018
WHAT OTHER WHITE WOMEN CAN WE SHAME INTO GETTING THEIR SHIT TOGETHER??
— KB (@KaraRBrown) October 8, 2018
While many are freaking out about this Taylor Swift endorsement, conservatives are quick to tell her to stay in her lane. (Which is dumb; they only want celebrities to stay in their lane when they are liberal.) Even more wild is how upset white supremacists are about Taylor’s endorsement. And so they’ve decided to blame the Jews, obviously.
Let’s back up a second: Taylor Swift has a lot of neo-Nazi admirers. Last fall, an amazing essay in PopFront, “Swiftly to the alt-right: Taylor subtly gets the lower case kkk in formation,” (seriously, go read it if you haven’t yet), writes, “Taylor’s sweet, victim image is the perfect vehicle and metaphor for white supremacists’ perceived victimization.” In December 2015, an essay in The Hollywood Reporter, a writer called Taylor a “Nazi Barbie.”
(Instead of denouncing her neo-Nazi followers last fall, Swift sued the writer of the PopFront essay. The ACLU got involved. We don’t have the time here, but read this.)
This “Taylor Swift has neo-Nazi admirers” wasn’t just progressives calling out Taylor for staying silent on liberal issues, but actual neo-Nazis and white supremacists embracing her as an icon. She became a Nazi idol. As Broadly wrote in 2016, “Can’t Shake It Off: How Taylor Swift Became a Nazi,” Andrew Anglin (who runs the neo-Nazi blog The Daily Stormer) believes in Taylor’s Aryan purity. They quote Anglin, who writes of Taylor’s appeal to neo-Nazis: “Taylor Swift is a pure Aryan goddess, like something out of classical Greek poetry. Athena reborn. That’s the most important thing… It is also an established fact that Taylor Swift is secretly a Nazi and is simply waiting for the time when Donald Trump makes it safe for her to come out and announce her Aryan agenda to the world. Probably, she will be betrothed to Trump’s son, and they will be crowned American royalty.”
While this sounds ridiculous, this is what they truly believe. And, of course, anti-Semitism is a part of it.
Anglin wrote how Taylor has resisted the Jews: “It’s incredible really that she’s surrounded by these filthy, perverted Jews, and yet she remains capable of exuding 1950s purity, femininity and innocence.” There’s a reddit thread (r/aryangoddess/) that is dedicated to “The Aryan Goddess,” Taylor Swift. The rules of the reddit include, “Don’t fall for the Jewish lies,” and, “Praise our aryan Goddess.”
We wish we were joking about all this, but it really exists.
So back to the present: Taylor endorsed Democrats. How does this fit into the alt-right’s image of her as a “pure Aryan goddess”?
They’re hella disappointed. As The Daily Beast reports, “Swift’s endorsement provoked anger and disappointment for white supremacists on 4chan, who have created a bizarre fandom around Swift as the ideal white conservative woman. In a 4chan thread about the endorsement, 4chan posters bemoaned the loss of their pop idol, calling her ‘traitorous.’ One user posted an image of a picture of Swift burning, while another added a meme saying the Bredesen endorsement had cost him his ‘last additional bit of hope.'”
“4chan Nazis devastated by Taylor Swift’s TN Senate endorsement” is the energy I needed to carry me into Monday.
— Matt Ford (@fordm) October 8, 2018
And in disappointment, they’ve turned to conspiracy theories. Mainly: that she couldn’t have been the one to write the statement, it had to be the Jews. Yes, it always comes back to the Jews.
It's a rough day for 4chan Nazis who had convinced themselves Taylor Swift is secretly a huge racist Trumper pic.twitter.com/FtEL8I8iLI
— PeterNorway (@classiclib3ral) October 8, 2018
nazis on 4chan starting to suggest that someone wrote Taylor Swift's endorsement for her pic.twitter.com/mBfcklt3Ao
— John Whitehouse (@existentialfish) October 8, 2018
If you don’t have the stomach to go through those screenshots, we understand.
We just want to point out two of the comments in those 4chan screenshots: One, “This looks so ghost written. Ever notice how every celebrity seems to be reciting the same exact script and even use the same exact wording. Not that I’m excusing Taytay, fuck her. I just noticed how she sounds exactly like Chris Evans and all those other faggots who suddenly try to get political. Their tweets always read as if some faggy Jew wrote it for them.”
This is a disgusting mix of homophobia and anti-Semitism, and we are sorry for reprinting it, but these neo-Nazis and white supremacists on 4chan genuinely believe that someone wrote Taylor Swift’s endorsements for her. And that that “someone” is the Jews. Because how could their “Aryan goddess” betray them?
Two, a poster writes, “This is Soros trying to bluepill [sic] us by kidnapping /our princess/ they must have blackmailed her or something. We need to save her.”
(Vomit.) This includes a reference to Taylor as their “princess,” and how Soros, the Hungarian-born Holocaust survivor at the heart of many anti-Semitic conspiracy theories, is behind the effort to trick them into thinking she’s not a white supremacist.
This is obviously awful, and maaaaaaybe would’ve been avoided had Taylor Swift denounced her neo-Nazi followers years ago. But she didn’t, possibly not wanting to engage or acknowledge their reverence for her, and so here we are today, writing a story about how white supremacists are mad about Taylor Swift endorsing Tennessee Democrats and turning to anti-Semitic conspiracy theories for comfort. What a world.