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Lena Dunham Defends Taylor Swift's Right to Not Speak Out About Politics

Lena Dunham Defends Taylor Swift's Right to Not Speak Out About Politics

Taylor Swift was under fire this past election cycle for not publicly endorsing a candidate, as some celebrities did, and now, her pal Lena Dunham is coming to her defense.

“I just think everyone has to do it their way. When I was lesser known, I was like, “Who could not share their opinion?” Then I found out that when you talk about politics, people straight up tweet you the floor plan of your house and say they’re coming to your house. You have to fucking watch it because people are nuts,” Lena told Rolling Stone.

“She’s been in the public eye since she was 15. I felt young when my career started and I was 23, 24. When I met her, she was newly 22, and she was a f*cking seasoned pro at this stuff. Watching the way that she understands the vicissitudes of the cycle, and she just keeps making her work, – that’s just really impressive to me. That’s how I hope to live my life, which is not as a slave to public opinion, but just as somebody who continues to make things,” Lena continued.

Click inside to see what else Lena said about Taylor…

“She’s truly just an artist who has to make things to survive. I guess that’s what we have most in common. And she’s never not making music. If people know about it or they don’t, she’s never not making music, and that’s like, something that I’ve really watched with a lot of admiration.  Because she’s been put through the ringer, and she’s continued to make her work. People who understand how to protect themselves but aren’t so beaten down that they can’t be creative – that to me is the greatest.”

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  • Arx

    She’s doesn’t talk politics or anything else important because she doesn’t want to lose fans. God forbid that she actually stops playing the victim and actually says something important and meaningful.

  • RP

    Jeez, we are really living in a crazy world if you have to defend yourself for being NOT political. A singer should sing songs in the first place not to bombard her audience with political statements.

  • rubie

    Honestly, I don’t think people who vote really care what Taylor Swift thinks about politics…..if it’s any indication of how she thinks about men and friends, I wouldn’t think so. However I agree that she is a PRO in her Art as an artist and manipulating the media to her defense. Love her music, but still feel she has lots of growing up to do, that’s all….I’m also very happy to see Selena Gomez go and venture out on her own for a bit, it’s good to have friends but not friends who hold you back in life choices, everyone needs to make their own mistakes.

  • LittlePaperStars

    There was actually a really good piece, I can’t remember where I read it, about she’s built an entire career, from day one, on being a victim of someone. On one hand she’s a smart cookie,it’s worked to a large degree, she’s beige, safe, and acceptable to parents of little girls (personally I’d be steering my kids far away) but on the other hand all this fence sitting, lack of opinion and using feminism when it suits her is so transparent. The fact she’s doesn;t tend to open her mouth on anything unless it’s to her benefit goes no way to endearing her to me

  • Cap canuck

    Honestly I amazed of all people leah Dunham is standing up for someone.Anyways I do agree taylor swift has the right to not speak about politics.

    Her music is not about this stuff(I wish it was but) it her life and she does not want to talk about politics then that is fine.

  • Cap canuck

    When do pop singers open their mouths and say anything meaningful.They are singers in a genre of music that is mostly targeted to pre teen girls.

    if she wants to speak about politics then she can but for her she does not make any political statement in her music .so why should she do it in her life.

  • 777

    I wish she would follow her lead and shut up. And not just when it comes to politics.

  • https://twitter.com/thedreadofpenny Penny Dreadful

    Swift is a big ol’ Democrat. Look at her friends. Why does anyone even question this?

  • Cap canuck

    you mean Dunham,I agree on that.I thought she was coming to canada because of Trump but she did not.

  • 777

    Yep, meant Dunham. She’s obnoxious.

  • Cap canuck

    No she is Extremely obnoxious.

  • Shell

    I think this is less to do with defending a friend but rather using her name to keep yourself in the spotlight. Whatever her position on the matter, I don’t think Taylor needs some ass kissing fair weather friend trying to defend her when she herself isn’t exactly clued in.

  • LittlePaperStars

    Look at the flip side of that tho. She has millions of little girls and boys worshipping her, who should be learning to have an opinion on the wider world, what real feminism is and not baming a boy everytime you dont get your own way. Her approach sells records. Dont get me wrong, just because you’re famous you dont just instantly have a responsiblity to become a role model, but she’s built a career on being these kids BFF, she even invites them into her home. Theres an argument that she should perhaps step up, take herself off the fence and show the kids that put up and shut up isnt always best. Its okay to have a voice.

  • Cap canuck

    uhm no her job is to make music to sell records .She is a cooperate pop star.

    That is her job,yes she has made friends with boys and girls but that because she wants them to still buy her records.

    it all a marketing poly.This is taylor swift not System of a down.

  • George Costanza

    I respect the hell out of Taylor for not shoving her politics down my throat. It would be very easy for her to jump on the “F*ck Trump” train. The media would immediately stop bashing her on a daily basis and turn her into a national hero instead.

  • HG

    Good for swift! America didn’t listen to these celeb morons before the election and they won’t now either, so good call on her to stick to entertaining which is her job and not shoving her obnoxious opinions on us like Meryl, Madonna and Judd! The many concerts with jay z and his baby mama and Lopez and mark and Bruce did nothing for the American voter who lives in reality rather than clueless celeb bubble .

  • Chicken_Paprikash

    Dunham is immoral disgusting filth

  • HG

    I’m not exactly defending Taylor because I find her extremely annoying, but I feel like in this day in age, it’s always “damned if you do” and “damned if you don’t.” If she doesn’t speak up, she gets death threats. If she does speak up and people don’t find her sincere, she gets death threats. If she does speak up and people find her sincere but don’t agree with her views, she gets death threats… I feel like people should do what they think is best and let others do the same.

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  • LittlePaperStars

    That was my point

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  • Utope

    It is the stupidity of our times that celebrities are expected to be political. Why? I think it’s disgusting that people are pushed to have a political opinion. Most people who have a political opinion don’t even know enough about the issues.

  • Cap canuck

    no it was not

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