theres a difference between wanting taylor to speak up about something and needing her to speak up to validate your own feelings. you should make your own decisions on political issues, elections, protests, etc. without needing your favorite celebrity to validate that its okay that you feel that way. it is okay to want taylor to speak up about something because she has an amazing platform that you know can reach millions of people, but recognize that you cant use her voice as some kind of agenda
My problem has never been about needing celebrities to stand on issues. Do I prefer it? Yes, but ultimately they are entertainers and that’s their job and if they don’t want to make a political statement then that’s their decision.
What I criticize her for is choosing to identify as a feminist, which is an inherently political stance with a movement behind it, and never showing up or talking about feminism beyond a personal defense for herself (claiming people talk about her dating life too much or when other women legitimately criticize her).
Taylor’s flawed understanding and use of feminism is heavily discussed on sites like MIC, Cosmopolitan, Huffington Post, Bustle, etc.if you are interested and her continued refusal to ever speak about anything related to the political goals of feminism makes her appear to people that she only decided to incorporate feminism as part of her brand in 2014 in the lead up to the new 1989 “era” after firing her old publicist in March of 2014. It appears like a media strategy aimed to deflect the criticism she was facing in 2012/2013 for her music and public persona being dominated by her relationships and moving that image towards her group of female friends.
I want more women to be comfortable calling themselves feminists as I have for over a decade. But what I won’t do is stand by while women who have done nothing for the advancement of other women and refuse to acknowledge intersectional feminism get credited and receive metaphorical cookies for it to boost their image. Especially when she stated she was going through with a sexual assault trial to send a message to young girls and women and then didn’t say anything when someone running for president was accused of the exact same thing.
Taylor has been repeatedly hammered by progressive/liberal sites like mentioned above and people started calling her on it on here and on twitter throughout the day. Her responding with a vague tweet that spoke about herself and again none of the political goals of the marches at around 5:15pm EST comes across as media management and as someone who wants to reap the PR benefits of being associated with feminism without wanting to alienate a potential conservative fanbase or consumer.
I hope this helps clarify because you worded your question extremely respectfully so I wanted to make sure I gave you an equally thoughtful response.