Pop music superstar Taylor Swift is getting slammed by feminists for missing the Women’s March on Washington that took place Saturday in protest of policies advocated by the new president and conservatives in Congress. The 27-year-old Pennsylvania native did tweet about the march but failed to take to the streets with artists like Miley Cyrus, Rihanna, and Madonna. More than 500,000 people marched in Washington, D.C., but Swift was not one of them. Her decision to skip the event did not sit well with some of her fans.
Swift did not see this one coming, but now she has a new controversy to shake off. The “Out of the Woods” singer thought that a tweet was enough to show solidarity with the protesters in 600 American cities, but she was wrong.
In the Twitter era, young people expect a lot from their heroes, and when those expectations are not met, they will let them know. Here is what Swift had tweeted on Saturday: “So much love, pride, and respect for those who marched. I’m proud to be a woman today, and every day. #WomensMarch.”
This tweet started a huge backlash for the country music darling. Some commenters were quick to say that she is an opportunist, who is only a feminist when it suits her career. Swift, who has built her own girl squad devoted to pushing girl power and female unity, rarely gets involved in politics.
Most of the people involved in the marches were linked to liberal causes. While she might be center left in her heart, taking a firm position against Donald Trump could be bad for her business. Swift has a large fan base in Middle America, a place that got Mr. Trump elected.
In clear, protecting your business and brand is a new form of feminism.