Taylor Swift calls out the White House in VMA speech

Taylor Swift took a swipe at the White House for its failure to acknowledge the Senate Support of Equality Act petition for LGBTQ rights during her acceptance speech at the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards.

Swift’s You Need To Calm Down won Video of the Year. She was able to beat videos by 21 Savage, Billie Eilish, Ariana Grande, Jonas Brothers, and Lil Nas. The award was presented by John Travolta and Queen Latifah.

Apart from winning the top prize of the night, Swift’s video also took home the “Video for Good” award. This award is for songs that have raised awareness. She won over artists like Halsey, The Killers, John Legend, Lil Dicky, and Jamie N Commons and Skylar Grey featuring Gallant.

Before the VMA ceremony started giving awards for the night, Taylor Swift performed You Need To Calm Down and Lover. She was was nominated for 10 categories including Video of the Year, Song of the Year, and Pop Song.

While accepting the award for best video of the year, Swift was joined on stage by some of the cast members who appeared on the music video.

“I just want to say that this is a fan-voted award. So, I first want to say thank you to the fans because 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,” Swift said.

She added: “Regardless of who we are, regardless of how we identify, at the end of this video, there was a petition and there still is a petition for the Equality Act, which basically just says we all deserve equal rights under the law.”

The music video for You Need To Calm Down features a message at the end: “Let’s show our pride by demanding that, on a national level, our laws truly treat all of our citizens equally.”

Before she ended her speech, she also said: “And, I want to thank everyone who signed that petition because it now has half-a-million signatures, which is five times the amount that it would need to warrant a response from the White House.”

Taylor Swift currently has a Change.org petition running in support of the Equality Act. This bill aims to provide the members of the LGBTQIA+ community protection from discrimination in their places of homes, work, and schools.

Before the release of the music video, she expressed her support for the Equality Act. Swift has been criticized for her silence during the 2016 Presidential Election.

“Unfortunately in the 2016 election, you had a political opponent who was weaponizing the idea of the celebrity endorsement,” said Swift in her September 2019 interview with Vogue magazine.

Taylor Swift’s big win at the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards held at the Prudential Center in New Jersey comes days after the commercial release of her latest album.

Released last Friday, her seventh full-length album entitled Lover now has the biggest sales tally for the year in the United States.

According to a Nielsen Music sales report that Billboard has been tracking, about 500,000 copies of Swift’s album was sold through Saturday. The album has now surpassed the 444,444 units of A Star Is Born soundtrack.

With only two days of tracking, Lover recorded the biggest sales week for any album since Swift’s reputation in 2017.

Predictions indicate that Lover will have around 700,000 between albums and streams on its first week. However, the number could end up passing more than a million.

While her latest release won’t be breaking the all-time streaming numbers, Swifts new tracks took the 14 of the 15 top spots on Spotify’s chart in the United States on its first day. By Saturday, it had 10 out of the top 15 songs.

Taylor Swift’s latest offering is Target’s best-selling music pre-order of all time. According to Amazon, it has also broken global records as the top album debut in the history of Amazon Music.

The LP is forecasted to debut at the top of the Billboard 200 next week. This would give Taylor Swift her sixth consecutive debut at the top of the charts. This feat would tie her with Beyonce.

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