Everything Taylor Swift does, she does on purpose.
From her alluding lyrics to hiding easter eggs in music videos for fans, the star has put careful thought into every aspect of her career. Swift’s penchant for hidden messages and symbolism has many speculating whether or not the wardrobe for her latest album “Lover” is not only inspired by the LGBTQ+ community, but a message against the Trump administration.
On Monday, the 29-year-old Grammy winner arrived on the red carpet of the MTV VMAs in Newark, N.J. wearing a brightly coloured Versace blazer along with thigh high black boots and a sparking pink bodysuit.
Many pointed out that aside from being multi-coloured, Swift’s VMA red carpet look featured safety pins, which have become a symbol of protest against Trump and his administration.
According to The New York Times, after Trump’s election, “fears are growing that segments of his base may physically or emotionally abuse minorities, immigrants, women and members of the L.G.B.T. community. As a show of support, groups of people across America are attaching safety pins to their lapels, shirts and dresses to signify that they are linked, willing to stand up for the vulnerable.”
@taylorswift13 is wearing a jacket to the 2019 #VMAs with safety pins denoting a silent protest to this administration. She's telling women, people of color, immigrants, Muslims, LGBTQ+, & other marginalized groups that they are safe with her AND SUPPORTED!!!!! 💯🥂🌈✅💘 #Lover pic.twitter.com/AKwCweBUoY— Cristine ✉️ (@Owl_ofthewoods) August 26, 2019
The rainbow aesthetic of “Lover” as well as Swift’s latest look is in line with the reinvented star who is no longer shying away from politics and has become a fervent advocate for the LGBTQ+ community. Swift has taken to using her platform to create and promote a petition urging the U.S. Senate to support the Equality Act, which would protect LGBTQ+ persons from discrimination. If her lyrics, social media content and wardrobe wasn’t clear enough, Swift is not pulling punches when it comes to making her feelings about the current White House administration known.
After performing along side notable figures in the LGBTQ+ community such as friend and collaborator Todrick Hall, Swift accepted the Video of the Year award for her song “You Need to Calm Down” and called out the Trump administration for not responding to her Equality Act petition.
“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 told the audience before feigning looking at her wrist as if to check the time.
The singer addressed her fans, thanking them for rallying behind the pro-LGBTQ+ message adding, “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.”
The latest move comes on the heels of several anti-Trump statements from an interview with The Guardian in which Swift said she thinks “that [Trump] thinks this is an autocracy.”
On her previous silence during the 2016 election, the former country star said, “I was just trying to protect my mental health - not read the news very much, go cast my vote, tell people to vote. I just knew what I could handle and I knew what I couldn’t. I was literally about to break.”
Still, whether she’s wearing brightly coloured clothes and safety pins or calling out Trump at awards shows, Swift has pledged to “do everything I can for 2020.”
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