Fans are no longer holding back when it comes to their favorite celebrities disappointing them, especially when it comes to someone like Taylor Swift. Through social media, fans find it easier to be more vocal and voice their opinions on their fave's actions, or lack thereof, when something important is happening in the world.
Taylor has faced backlash for her lack of commentary during the immigration ban that was put in place by President Donald Trump.
Over the weekend, many celebrities walked the streets in protests, tweeted out their disapproval, and shared their stories about the immigration ban that mostly targets Muslim people. The executive order bans people from Somalia, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen, which are countries made up of mostly Muslim citizens, from entering the United States.
While some stars reacted with heartbreaking posts and comments, Taylor was one of the many celebrities who stayed silent on the topic. She made no mention of it on social media but promoted her video for "I Don't Want To Live Forever," a collaboration with Zayn Malik, who also happens to be a Muslim man. (Zayn also has not publicly addressed the executive order, although he currently resides in the U.S.)
Fans quickly reacted, asking her what she was thinking sending out links to the video while her "country is a mess." Other fans begged her to use her platform and remained hopeful that she would speak on the subject and said, "Sometimes we reach out to our superheroes for backup when we feel our own voices aren't cutting through the noise. All my ❤️"
.@taylorswift13 Please use your voice. Use your platform. I love you. I believe in you. Please.— TORRES (@torreslovesyou) January 27, 2017
Even celebrities like Perez Hilton pointed out that the pop star could have spoken up about the issue, although he made it clear that he's not bashing Taylor for her decision.
When the Women's March took place in D.C. and all over the world, Taylor didn't go out into the streets, but she tweeted that she was "proud to be a woman" and that she respected those who did.
So much love, pride, and respect for those who marched. I'm proud to be a woman today, and every day. #WomensMarch— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) January 21, 2017
While some fans criticized how Tay addressed the situation, Whoopi Goldberg defended her on The View, explaining that nobody has the right to judge her actions.
"You have no right to criticize her for not doing what you would be doing. One of the things I like about Taylor Swift is that, she doesn't shy away. If she wants to congratulate or say, 'Oh, I'm really excited about this', she has the right to do that," Whoopi said.
"We don't know where she was, we don't know what she was doing, and you know what? She at least acknowledged it. There were lots of famous chicks that said nothing. I don't think anybody has the right to demand that you do something. She was doing girl power before there was a march."
Even before the protests, the singer received some flack for only speaking about the election on Election Day, while other big names like Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, and Demi Lovato campaigned for Hillary Clinton to be the first female president of the United States. However, Taylor is known to do a lot of behind-the-scenes work helping people by donating money and visiting her fans in their homes, so perhaps this is a similar situation.
While that sort of help is not to be forgotten, during times like these it is sometimes inspiring for a celebrity to spread the word and help shed light on a situation that is hurting so many innocent people. It may seem insensitive to know that she was promoting her video with someone whose family members or people with the same background are directly affected by this, but perhaps the tweets were scheduled far in advance by her management team.
It would be great to see Taylor take a stand on something that is a major issue in the nation, even if that means alienating some of her fan base, as painful as that may be for her.
Do you think Taylor was in the wrong for not speaking out? Tell us in the comments!
Editor’s note: The original version of this article was published at 11:37 am. It has since been edited.