The Women’s March, which happened on Jan. 21, was a huge success. Prominent personalities joined the peaceful event to voice out their concerns about women’s rights. However, one celebrity was absent from the Women’s March: Taylor Swift.
Her fans, the Swifties, are currently divided because of the issue. Some criticized her lack of presence while others defended Swift, saying that there must be a reason why she was not present during the Women’s March.
Taylor Swift: “Proud To Be A Woman Today And Every Day”
@taylorswift13 This is gross opportunism. Be better.
— Chris Rollins (@chrisrollins_) January 22, 2017
Back in 2014, Swift described herself as a feminist. According to the pop-country singer, it was Lena Dunham who exposed her to the ways of feminism.
“Ever since I became friends with Lena, I realized that I have been taking the feminist stand for a long time already,” Swift said.
Despite that claim, fans noticed that Taylor Swift was not among the celebrities who were present in the Women’s March. Stars like Ariana Grande, Zendaya, and Miley Cyrus joined the event. Pop icons like Madonna and Cher were present too while Scarlett Johansson gave a heartfelt speech during the Women’s March. Instead, Swift turned to Twitter to show her support for the event.
“So much love, pride, and respect for those who marched. I’m proud to be a woman today, and every day. #WomensMarch,” Swift tweeted.
The Online Backlash
People expressed mixed to negative opinions regarding Swift’s tweet. Many criticized her absence during the Women’s March as well as her lack of presence during the Elections in USA.
One commented, “You do not get to pick when feminism is beneficial for you.” However, there were fans who were quick to defend the Bad Blood singer. Some cited Swift’s busy schedule as a reason for her absence. Others claimed that Swift must be busy tending to her mother, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2015.
“Give the girl a break. You people don’t know anything,” one fan wrote on Twitter. As of the moment, Taylor Swift has not commented on the backlash she’s receiving from fans and haters alike.
— Sara Yasin (@missyasin) January 21, 2017