Taylor Swift reaches peak politics with ‘Miss Americana’

Her song ‘Only the Young’ was inspired by the 2018 midterm elections, and a new documentary is here to mythologize it all

Taylor Swift performs onstage during her 2018 Reputation stadium tour. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images file photo)
Taylor Swift performs onstage during her 2018 Reputation stadium tour. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images file photo)
Posted January 22, 2020 at 3:27pm, Updated at 3:06pm

Taylor dropped a teaser Wednesday ahead of her upcoming Netflix documentary, “Miss Americana” and, in typical fashion, the internet needed to calm down.

The film, directed by Emmy award winner Lana Wilson, takes an intimate look at the megastar-turned-newly minted activist’s career over the last several years: the good, the bad and the political.

“I wanna do this — I want to be on the right side of history,” Swift says in the trailer. A voiceover announcing that “Taylor broke her silence on politics” quickly ends the guessing game.

The “politics” at play was the 2018 midterm election cycle, when Swift posted a message against Tennessee Sen. Marsha Blackburn, who was up for reelection in Swift’s home state.

“Her voting record in Congress appalls and terrifies me,” the pop star posted on Instagram, opposing the Republican for voting “against equal pay for women.”

“She also believes [gay couples] should not have the right to marry,” said the soon-to-be recipient of the 2020 GLAAD Vanguard Award.

Blackburn defeated Swift’s candidate of choice, Democrat Phil Bredesen, telling “Fox & Friends,” “Well, I hope Taylor will shake it off.”

The “Lover” singer’s new ballad, “Only the Young,” was written after the midterm elections, “when there were so many young people who rallied for their candidate, whether it was a senator or congressman or congresswoman,” Swift told Variety magazine.

The single is set to make its debut as candidates are in campaign mode ahead of this year’s elections.

“I did think that it would be better for it to come out at a time that it could maybe hopefully stoke some fires politically and maybe engage younger people to form their own views,” Swift said.

“Miss Americana” will be released on Netflix Jan. 31.