On the cusp of the decade mark since Barack Obama made history and was elected as the 44th president of the United States, amid the other tragic political events we’ve dealt with as a country, an array of celebrities have stepped up urging those of age to vote during this year’s midterm elections. Grown-ish star, Yara Shahidi launched her “eighteen x 18” campaign, an interactive way to “uplift our generation of voters to take action into our own hands and discover the issues that impact us through our own stories and experiences.” Even the legendary Oprah has gone door-to-door, campaigning for Stacey Abrams, Democratic nominee for governor of Georgia.
In the past, Beyoncé and Jay-Z have been vigorously involved by showing their political support during Obama’s campaign as well as Hillary Clinton's. Rihanna has also expressed her support of Democratic nominee, Andrew Gillum. Even at this year’s Global Citizen Fest, Cardi B reminded her fans that “it is our right to vote... We need to vote, especially us— the millennials.”
McMillan stated, “I’ll bet if Beyonce and Rihanna and Cardi B and Jay-Z … all did what Taylor Swift did, I’ll bet a lot of young people who respect them would be running to the polls...” She was presumably alluding to the “Taylor Swift effect,” where the pop-country singer shocked fans by penning a lengthy caption on the need to vote and who she is supporting, politically. Naturally, upon hearing the Lemonade soulstress’ name being spewed in a negative demeanor, one fan asked about McMillan’s deleted tweet. The famed author said she deleted it because she was unaware of “how many of them had been encouraging folks to vote.”
While being reminded of the obvious, another fan chimed in. “Keep that same energy 24/7. Be clear all of our celebs have been urging people to vote for years. Don’t give Taylor some type of crown because she’s on board. White privilege allows her to not speak and still have a voice.” McMillan attempted to retract her statement, yet, the damage was done. Another fan even labeled her as being petty, and "as a writer, the tweet could've been worded differently."
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