Monday, December 5, 2016

So Taylor Swift was Responsible for Donald Trump Winning? I Don't Think So.

Today, I had a conversation with a friend where the topic of Taylor Swift's politics (or lack thereof) came up. My friend believed that Taylor Swift was actually partly responsible for Donald Trump's victory because she did not use her voice to persuade people to vote otherwise.

Now, even before the election there were people begging for Taylor Swift to put in an endorsement for Hillary, and when that didn't happen, some said she did not live up to the responsibilities of a feminist. Others went even further in their accusations. Out of respect to Taylor I'm not going to repeat them here.

But all these accusations aside, does somebody have the right to remain silent about their politics, no matter how far their audience reach is, no matter what impact they may be able to make otherwise? I think the answer is yes. Don't get me wrong, I love seeing celebrities get political, and get important conversations going. But if somebody doesn't want to do that, it's also their fundamental right. And having millions of fans shouldn't be grounds for taking away somebody's basic human rights.

Furthermore, I don't think Taylor Swift making an endorsement would have changed the result. Hillary already had the vast majority of the entertainment industry behind her, and having one more endorsement wouldn't have made a substantial difference. Besides, I would guess most of Taylor Swift's biggest fans, being young, female and feminist, would already have voted for Hillary anyway. I doubt she has any substantial influence among the Trump demographic, who was mostly either male or older people.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Jennifer Lawrence and Michael Moore are Right: Now's the Time to Work

For many people, right now is mourning time in America, because Donald Trump is set to become President come January next year, and nothing can change this.

But for some smarter heads, now's the time to get to work. Several celebrities, including most prominently Jennifer Lawrence and Michael Moore, have effectively said that now's the time to stand up for your values and make them work. And I couldn't agree more.

You know, as great a President Obama has been, relying on the government to stand against racism, bigotry and homophobia is not the way to go. It is neither a responsible or reliable way to improve society. A silver lining of Trump's election may just be that people will take responsibility for the world around them. People will have no choice but to stand up for their own values and be their champion. People will have no choice but to get politically involved, to campaign against unwanted policies.

And for that, America (and indeed the rest of the world) may emerge a better place in four years' time.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Will Lena Dunham, Barbara Streisand and Miley Cyrus Move to Canada? Hopefully Not.

Donald Trump has won the US Presidential election, regretfully for many people.

Earlier this year, Lena Dunham said she would move to Canada if Trump became president. Several other celebrities, including Miley Cyrus and Barbara Streisand, also signalled their intention to leave the US.

Of course now, the question is will these celebrities flee from the US, as they said they would. It appears that Lena Dunham will not, at least.

I actually hope that nobody leaves the US because of Donald Trump. There are a few reasons why. Firstly, this would be surrender. It would also be what Trump supporters want to see. Secondly, there would be fewer pro-liberty and pro-equality people in the US fighting against the Trump agenda. Finally, there would be fewer votes to count on in 2020, when Trump can actually be defeated.

Moreover, leaving doesn't change the fact that your family and friends will still be living under Trump. You won't be able to escape this fact, even if you move halfway across the world.

So Americans, please, please stay and stand up for your values in these difficult times. Even as an individual you have a lot to contribute.

Friday, November 4, 2016

I Endorse Hillary Clinton for US President

Firstly, I must say that I'm not American. So feel free to ignore what I say.

But for next week's presidential elections, I am endorsing Hillary Clinton.

I'm not saying that she is the perfect choice, but for me she was the best among all the candidates, even at the beginning of the year, before the field was narrowed down to two. This is because, among all the candidates running for the two main parties, Hillary seems to be the only person who has any respect for the idea of liberty. She's not religious right, isolationist, ultra nationalist, or anti economic freedom. And that makes her the most qualified candidate, in my opinion.

Of course, this is just my view. You are welcome to disagree, respectfully.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Congrats on 10 Years, Taylor Swift

This month marks 10 years since the 2006 release of Taylor Swift's first album.

So congratulations, you've really come a long way.

By the way, any new music soon?

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Tom Hiddleston on the False Stories Out There

When Tom Hiddleston was recently asked what he had learned about the culture of celebrity in recent weeks, he gave quite an interesting response. One thing he said was that there are lots of false stories out there, and the important thing was to not let those false stories affect one's life.

Fans of both Tom and Taylor Swift (and unfortunately Taylor haters too) immediately jumped to analyse those comments.

While I don't think there's anything in there regarding their relationship, what he said is quite true. And while the culture of celebrity, with all the media attention, allows quicker spread of false rumours, this problem is not limited to celebrities, especially in the age of social media.

It's something we should all take time to think about, really.

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Friday, August 26, 2016

At Least Taylor Swift Helps Out

One reason, we suspect, that some people dislike Taylor Swift is because she is rich, and she was always rich too. She is, perhaps, the ultimate reminder that life is not fair, at least to some people.

But hey, let's not hate her for that. Because, at least, she uses her money to help out. Just this year, she's helped a cancer patient with their treatment, she's helped Kesha in her legal battles, and now she's helping the Louisiana flood victims, donating a million dollars their way.

I mean, wealth inequality is a fact in our society, unfortunately. But if some people must be rich, at least let them be those who will use it well.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

When Ivanka Trump can't just Enjoy Her Jewellery, we've collectively Sunk to a New Low

Ivanka Trump recently ordered some Jewellery online, and she received something she didn't expect: a handwritten note notifying her that the proceeds from her purchase have been donated to, amongst other organisations, the Hillary Clinton campaign.

I get the people behind this really hate Donald Trump.

But this is still uncalled for. A real Princess would never do this. It is, in my opinion, trashy behaviour.

Sure, they are welcome to donate to Hillary's campaign. But this, in my opinion, has been deliberately done out of contempt for the Trumps. After all, nobody else ordering the jewellery has received something like this. And while it is okay to have a strong opinion about Donald Trump's politics, it's not okay to bully his family to make your point. Indeed, if this kind of behaviour ever becomes acceptable and normal in society, we will have become less civilised for it.

Sometimes, everyone should just remember, our political opponents are people too.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Wholesome Music of the Month: LeAnn Rimes - The Story

I know 'wholesome' and 'LeAnn Rimes' appearing in the same sentence is controversial. But this is about the music, not the person.

LeAnn Rimes has been unpopular with quite some people ever since her affair several years ago, but I think it's time we move on from that and just give her music another chance. I'm not excusing her behaviour there, but sometimes we just need to forgive what happened in the past. After all, her music is better than most of the stuff out there. And at least she doesn't SING about having affairs, like some other 'artists' regrettably do. And the song is indeed a 'meaningful' love song.

Anyway, here's her latest, a cover of The Story. Check it out:

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Cara Delevingne wouldn't use the 'gay' label, but doesn't mind it either

Cara Delevingne recently said that she was very happy in her relationship with her girlfriend. However, she wouldn't put a label on it, and wouldn't call herself 'gay'. On the other hand, she wouldn't mind other people calling her that, either. What do we think?

Tara: Well, straight people don't go around calling themselves straight, so if there's to be equality, we shouldn't expect people in same-sex relationships to need to have a label if they don't want to.

Katie: I agree. She should just do what she wants to, and people have to accept that.

Jess: I don't see what difference it makes. People are calling her gay anyway, and she doesn't mind anyway.

Tara: It does make a difference. People may call you straight or heterosexual, and you likely don't mind, but what nobody expects you to do is to go around saying that you are 'proudly straight' or something like that. So Cara's attitude is another step towards equality.

Jess: OK, I see it now.

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TaraElla's Latest Single Not That Kind of Retro

This song is now available at the TaraElla Google Play shop.