Demi Lovato Defended Taylor Swift's Political Activism After Past Criticism
Demi Lovato defended Taylor Swift's recent political activism, years after initially being critical of the Folklore singer.
In an interview with CNN, Lovato said "you're damned if you do, you're damned if you don't" when it comes to speaking out on political issues.
"You can list Taylor Swift as a perfect example of that exact saying … for years she got trashed because she wasn't taking a stance and wasn't standing up for these rights and she kind of took a back seat and now she's become very political and there are people that are unhappy with that too," she said. "It's just, like, you have to live what feels authentic to you. To me, that's using my platform to speak out about the things that I see that are wrong."
Swift has endorsed Joe Biden in the upcoming U.S. presidential election, and has spoken out against Donald Trump in recent months, taking aim at the president's attacks on the U.S. postal service.
In 2016, Lovato was accused of subtweeting Swift after she tweeted, "Take something to Capitol Hill or actually speak out about something and then I'll be impressed," following Swift's $250,000 to Kesha in the midst of her legal battle with producer Dr. Luke.
Lovato denied the accusations but later responded to a fan's Instagram comment, writing, "At least I'm talking about it. Not everyone has 250k to just give to people. Would love to but I didn't grow up with money and def haven't made as much as her. At least I speak up about shit that's uncomfortable to talk about rather than trying to be politically correct 24/7."
This week, Lovato dropped a new song titled "Commander in Chief," directed toward Trump, calling out his response to racial injustice and the COVID-19 crisis.
"There's been so many times that I've wanted to write the President a letter or sit down with him and ask him these questions," she told CNN. "And then I thought, I don't really actually want to do that and I thought one way that I could do that is writing a song and releasing it for the whole world to hear and then he has to answer those questions to everyone and not just me."
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