The public is used to seeing Taylor Swift in the headlines over her latest breakup, or Kanye West on his latest fashion choice; however, the two pop stars made headlines most recently for their views on politics and President Donald Trump.
On October 7, Taylor Swift released a statement on Instagram stating her views on the upcoming midterm election: “As much as I have in the past and would like to continue voting for women in office, I cannot support Marsha Blackburn. Her voting record in Congress appalls and terrifies me.” When asked about Swift’s post, sophomore, Haley Powers, added, “she got her opinion out and that’s honorable because a lot of people look up to her, and I feel if they see someone they look up to being a part of politics they will do research and become a more informed voter whether or not they agree with her or not.”
Throughout 2018, Kanye West has made it apparent that he is an avid Trump supporter. West has released many tweets on the topic saying, “You don’t have to agree with Trump but the mob won’t make me not love him.” When looking back on West’s actions, sophomore, Emma Biddle, added, “ I mean it doesn’t really affect me, it’s his political view and I don’t think the public should be concerned with it.”
The polls have shown a major increase in voting registration in 2018, especially in the younger ages (18-21). An apparent reason being celebrities. Senior, Lindsey Smith, says it’s due to the fact that they are the people everyone looks up to in someway. “It has to do with their name and who they are.”
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