Are performers expected to discuss politics?

"The View" co-hosts discuss the pressure artists face to be more politically active.
4:07 | 03/07/19

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Okay, welcome back. As advertised, Taylor Swift is on the cover of "Elle" magazine and says now that she's turning 30 she feels informed enough to be politically active and speak out on social issues to her 114 million followers, but will she be interrupted by Kanye west. When they take a position, these music stars, like dolly parton has been discussed recently. She said, no, she doesn't want to do that. Should they? And what happens when they do I think sometimes they get into a lot of trouble. I remember the Dixie chicks getting into a significant amount of trouble. We had dolly parton on the show. She said she wants to be an entertainer first. She wants to be able to take people away from politics. Reba Mcentire said the same thing, I want to take away people from politics. Kid rock on the other hand has been active politically. Yes, I know. We know. You know that, joy. He's alienated some fans. Me. You. He never did come on the show, did he? No, he didn't. And then Willie Nelson has been really supportive of Beto O'rourke, and he's alienated some of his fans. So you take the advance of alienating people. That's right. Dolly parton's sister wanted to her to speak out on the me too movement and she has made that decision. I personally don't need to hear from Taylor Swift on politics. I love Taylor Swift. I love her music. I think she's an incredible performer. One clap. Thank you. At the same time though I feel bad sometimes for celebrities because I think society puts too much pressure on them that if they don't speak they don't care and if they do speak you're alienating half of your followers. It seems like Taylor Swift and lady gaga, they started when they were young and they're at a place now -- Gaga has. She's a big lt advocate. She talked about in early years how she's now in a place where she's in control of her music and she's the person she wants to be. She's been very open about what she's been through over the years. In my generation everybody was political, Seager and Joan baez and Bob Dylan, everybody was political in my generation. It was what you did. It seems to me if you are enjoying the fruits of our democracy you have an obligation to speak out when you see there are injustice going on in this country. You are a member of this country. You are every day enjoying the freedom that we have, so that when you keep quiet, you are really a collaborator in the evil, in my opinion. That's was a robotic criticism of Taylor was this, that she has a responsibility with her platform. All of us know every day -- joy, you've been doing this 20 years. You divide people. There are places and spaces you and I and all of us go into where we are unwelcome for what we say. Hated. Right. We can all bond on that. I think some people maybe just don't want to subject themselves to it. I couldn't even imagine that not being political and not using my voice, and I think she took a longer time but I think some women aren't like the women of "The view" and it's okay for me. Sometimes I don't want to be like the women on "The view." You know what I say to you, joy, though is just because they're not speaking out publicly doesn't mean they're not doing their duty privately. You mean talking in the mirror? Who cares? It means they can go and vote for things they're passionate about. Oh yeah, she's got 114 -- what did I say? 114 million followers. Come on. That could be such a powerful platform. Powerful position. I don't think she should feel pressure to do it though because -- I think she did. When you try to protect your pocketbook at the expense of your ethics, I don't find that an admiral quality. Story. I don't wake up in the morning and say what does Taylor Swift think about what's going on in Washington. I do.

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