Following the tragic death of George Floyd, Taylor Swift has been very outspoken about her stance on the Black Lives Matter movement. And now, her BFF Todrick Hall has opened up about how proud he is of her for using her platform to raise awareness.
“I’m glad that she has gotten to a point now where she is sharing that with the world. I think that a lot of people who would initially gravitate towards her might be people who have very different political views. And very different views on the world in, like, what should happen with the Black Lives Matter movement or what should happen with gay rights,” he told Entertainment Tonight. “It’s really, really awesome to see her using her voice because the sad truth is, her being a white person with blonde hair and blue eyes saying this in this world right now holds a lot of weight to a lot of people who feel very differently than she might. And I think that she’s changing a lot of minds and a lot of hearts. She’s playing a huge part in this evolution that’s happening in the world. And the conversations that are happening in the homes that need to happen.”
“I’ve always known that [Taylor] felt the way that she felt since I first became friends with her. I was always not afraid to ask her questions about what her stance was,” he continued. “Every time she answered me, it always felt very genuine and very not hesitant. She didn’t choose her words carefully like she was trying to say the politically correct thing. She just said, ‘This is how I feel.'”
For those who missed it, many stars have spoken out and taken to the streets to protest following George’s unjust passing. George was a 46-year-old, unarmed black man who died in Minneapolis, MN, on May 25, 2020, after a police officer knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes. The white officer — Derek Chauvin — did not move even as George repeatedly said “I can’t breathe,” as heard in a video captured by bystanders. The officer has since been arrested and charged with second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter, while fellow officers Thomas K. Lane, Tou Thao and J. Alexander Kueng — who were also present at the time of the incident — were charged with aiding and abetting murder.
“I just keep seeing how pure her heart is, and how much she loves and how empathetic she is to what’s going on in the world at all times,” the 35-year-old concluded. “That’s very rare to find in a human being, but even more rare to find in a superstar who has everything at her disposal. She could use every dime that she has to buy more houses and a bazillion cars, and do things to uplift herself. And she is constantly waking up every day doing things to uplift other people.”
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