Singer Taylor Swift is becoming more and more outspoken about her support for progressive politics, but according to fellow musician Kid Rock, it’s only because she “wants to be in movies.”
Rock was responding to a recent Vogue piece profiling Swift, where she explained why she wasn’t politically active during the 2016 campaign as Donald Trump surged to the presidency.
“Unfortunately in the 2016 election you had a political opponent who was weaponizing the idea of the celebrity endorsement,” Swift said, referring to Trump. “He was going around saying, I’m a man of the people. I’m for you. I care about you.’ I just knew I wasn’t going to help.”
“Also, you know, the summer before that election, all people were saying was, ‘She’s calculated. She’s manipulative. She’s not what she seems. She’s a snake. She’s a liar,'” Swift said in the piece, adding that those were “the same exact insults people were hurling at Hillary.”
“Would I be an endorsement or would I be a liability? ‘Look, snakes of a feather flock together. Look, the two lying women. The two nasty women.’ Literally millions of people were telling me to disappear. So I disappeared. In many senses,” she continued.
But according to Rock, who is a vocal Trump supporter and proponent of the Confederate flag, Swift’s political commentary is only designed to further her career.
“Taylor Swift wants to be a democrat because she wants to be in movies….period,” Rock tweeted this Friday. “And it looks like she will suck the door knob off Hollyweird to get there. Oldest move in the book. Good luck girl.”
Taylor Swift wants to be a democrat because she wants to be in movies….period. And it looks like she will suck the door knob off Hollyweird to get there. Oldest move in the book. Good luck girl.
— Kid Rock (@KidRock) August 9, 2019
Unsurprisingly, Rock’s tweet sparked a wave of backlash in the comments, especially in light of his unfounded claim that Swift would provide sexual favors to “get there.”
Old man jealous of Taylor Swift.
— Trumpy Trumpy (parody) (@outofcontroljb) August 9, 2019
Not getting many offers, eh Kid? Don’t worry, Trump has plenty of room for bitter hasbeens in his camp. Say hi to Scott Baio and Jon Voight, won’t you?
— RJ(TO) (@RJTO65) August 9, 2019
Literally any rock is better than Kid Rock. Fraggle Rock, Jailhouse Rock, the Rock, Chris Rock, a small rock that flew up from the road and cracked my windshield.
— Adam Best (@adamcbest) August 9, 2019
We knew it was from you because it’s sexist, ignorant and dripping with jealousy for a more successful musician. You’ve proven just who you are for everyone.
— Fred Wellman (@FPWellman) August 9, 2019
This is definitely a legitimate criticism that is not at all motivated by bottom-feeder jealousy. Time to move over for some fresh talent, you’re years past your sell-by date.
— Brooke Binkowski (@brooklynmarie) August 9, 2019
Replying to Rock’s tweet, comedian Patton Oswalt mentioned that the country boy, middle class persona Rock has fashioned for himself doesn’t quite reflect his true story.
Amen, Bob. She should be a real American like you, growing up on a six acre estate complete with tennis court and horse paddock, and then bravely adopting a faux “redneck shitkicker” cosplay persona. God bless you, buddy ruff. https://t.co/OLlL430TnN
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) August 9, 2019
Philippines’ Duterte hurt in motorycle crash
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte hurt his hip and suffered scratches in a motorcycle accident, senior aides of the 74-year-old leader said Thursday.
Duterte, whose health has been the subject of intense public speculation, suffered the mishap at the Malacanang presidential palace compound late Wednesday, according to spokesman Salvador Panelo.
The crash came 10 days after Duterte -- the oldest person to be elected Philippine president -- disclosed he is suffering from myasthenia gravis, an autoimmune disease that could potentially have serious complications.
"The president was reaching for his shoe when he fell off his motorycle that resulted in a minor injury, particularly light bruises and slight scratches, to his elbow and knee," Panelo said in a statement.
Demanding ‘pay and benefits that give us dignity,’ 25,000 Chicago public school teachers go on strike
"Our children deserve the best that this city has to offer. They do not deserve broken promises."
Accusing Democratic Mayor Lori Lightfoot of rejecting contract proposals that would create better public school conditions for educators and students, the 25,000-member Chicago Teachers Union went on strike Thursday to push for "pay and benefits that give us dignity and respect."
In addition to teachers, more than 7,000 teacher aides, security guards, and custodians—members of Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 73—will join CTU's strike.
‘The biggest mistake of his presidency’: Lindsey Graham is hopping mad at Donald Trump — and the feeling is mutual
While many have long wondered whether President Donald Trump might have blackmail material that explains Sen. Lindsey Graham abrupt change from being a fierce critic to devoted defender of the man he once called a “race-baiting xenophobic bigot,” another explanation has always been simpler and more plausible: The South Carolina Republican believes it’s in his best interest to align with the White House.
That’s true when it comes to getting re-elected in 2020 — Republicans who have split sharply with Trump have struggled to retain voters — and it’s true when it comes to Graham’s major focus in government: foreign policy. As long as he’s on Trump’s good side, Graham is better positioned to advocate for his hawkish view of American power.