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Taylor Swift calls out White House for not responding to Equality Act



Taylor Swift criticized the White House after winning “video of the year” at the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards on Monday.

Swift won the prize for her single “You Need to Calm Down”, which came out during Pride Month and featured many LGBTQ celebrities.

At the end of the video, Swift encouraged her fans to sign a petition for the Equality Act, a bill that proposes discrimination protections for LGBTQ people. The words “Equality Act” also appeared on screens during Swift’s performance of the song at the beginning of the show.

Swift took ire with the fact that the Trump administration has not acknowledged the petition, even though it has 500,000 signatures — five times the amount needed to get White House acknowledgment under the “We The People” petitioning system.

She then made the point that the video’s popularity is evidence that the act should have wide support.

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“In this video, several points were made, so you voting for this video means that you want a world where we’re all treated equally under the law,” Swift said in her speech.

A ‘Fox & Friends’ guest bemoaned Swift’s entry in to politics

Conservatives were quick to criticize Swift. In a segment on “Fox & Friends,” guest commentator Allie Beth Stuckey bemoaned Swift wading into politics.

Speaking about both Swift and “Glow” actress Alison Brie, who also made political comments at the show on Monday, Stuckey said “it doesn’t really seem like they know what they’re talking about.”

“They’re not convincing anyone in the middle of the country, or anyone who disagrees with them, because they don’t actually have any kind of viable argument to get out there,” Stuckey said.

As of Tuesday morning, more than 10,000 people had added their signatures to the Equality Act petition.

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