Taylor Swift calls out White House during VMAs acceptance speech

(CNN) — Taylor Swift is certainly not taking a literal interpretation of her single, “You Need to Calm Down.”

The singer got political during her 2019 MTV Video Music Awards acceptance speech for video of the year, which she won for the pride-themed anthem, to call out the Trump administration’s current lack of acknowledgment of the Equality Act petition for LGBTQ rights. A call to sign the petition was featured at the end of her video.

“It now has half a million signatures, which is five times the amount that it would need to warrant a response from the White House,” Swift said, then looked at her wrist as if to gesture she was checking the time on a watch.

She also suggested that elected officials against this and similar measures should be wary of a sea change because fans voted “You Need to Calm Down” as the category’s winner.

“In this video several points were made, so you voting for this video means that you want a world, where we’re all treated equally under the law,” she said.

Swift wasn’t the only performer to get political at this year’s VMAs. Rapper French Montana and “GLOW” star Alison Brie took a pro-immigration stance when they presented the award for best Latin music video.

The Moroccan-born musician said he was proud to present the award as an immigrant, adding “I feel like we are the people that make this country, and I feel like I want to be the voice.”

CNN has reached out to the White House for a response to Swift’s comments.

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5 comments

  • Bighorse

    The LGBTQ community is already protected from discrimination as human beings and citizens of the United States. The Equality Act petition would not add to their rights, rather it would open up a whole new avenue for shyster lawyers to sue any person or organization with whom they had a grievance, real or imagined. Meanwhile, it would not accrue any real benefit to any member of the LGBTQ community that they don’t already have.

  • C

    If all the people in the LGBTQ+ group would keep their mouths shut about their preferences, there wouldn’t be any need for any laws created specially for them. I’m not in any position to discriminate against anyone, but if I was, how would I know who to target unless they advertise their lifestyle?

  • On It

    Another pedo accepting, hollyweird fool. Judgement day will come to all. This one silenced her own Dad for expressing support for Trump. What happened to the Ten Commandments?

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