White House senior adviser Kellyanne Conway’s criticism of singer Taylor Swift for getting involved with politics may have backfired a bit.
At the MTV Video Music Awards earlier this week, Swift allocated a portion of her acceptance speech for video of the year to remind Washington that her petition – included in her viral You Need to Calm Down music video – has amassed “five times the amount that it would need to warrant a response from the White House,” with half a million signatures.
“You voting for this video means that you want a world where we are all treated equally under the law regardless of who we love – regardless of how we identify,” Swift said.
“At the end of this video, there was a petition, and there still is a petition, for the Equality Act, which basically just says we all deserve equal rights under the law.”
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In reply, Conway sang a few lines from her own version of You Need to Calm Down in an interview on Fox News.
“I actually like the new Taylor Swift song. It’s called ‘You Need to Calm Down,'” she said. “I can sing it for you.”
According to Conway: If you say it on the street, that’s a knockout / If you put it in a tweet, that’s a cop-out.
“I love that!” she said. “That basically is Washington in a nutshell.”
Or, as HuffPost reported, it sums up her boss, US President Donald Trump, in a nutshell.
The US “Tweeter-in-Chief” often communicates directly with Americans and shares his thoughts on Twitter, often in reaction to events and sometimes not very nicely. The president is known for using the platform to criticise his critics.
Conway also warned: “When Hollywood and singers and all go political, it sounds in the moment like it’s very popular, and we’ve seen so many times where it backfires and it blows up.”
The official White House reaction was more straightforward: “The Trump Administration absolutely opposes discrimination of any kind and supports the equal treatment of all; however, the House-passed bill in its current form is filled with poison pills that threaten to undermine parental and conscience rights,” the statement read.
– Stuff, Los Angeles Times