Todrick Hall Slams Kanye West On Twitter With Taylor Swift Comparison
You may have heard that Kanye West is finally over politics, but for Todrick Hall, it’s too little too late. Petty Queen Todrick, a talented entertainer and LGBTQ+ icon, took to Twitter this morning to blast Kanye for distancing himself from politics after openly supporting the racist, misogynistic rhetoric of President of the United States, Donald Trump.
Todrick compared Kayne to his on-again, off-again rival Taylor Swift (and Todrick’s good friend), noting that the formerly politically silent songstress went from being dragged for her political non-involvement to “promoting a blue candidate like it’s her job.” Taylor killed her non-partisan public persona in early October, urging voters in Tennessee to support Democratic candidates Phil Dredsen and Jim Cooper and criticizing Republican contestant Rep. Marsha Blackburn‘s history of anti-feminist and homophobic congressional voting. Voter registration significantly spiked after the post (240,000 new voters in only 48 hours!), and since then, Taylor has used her AMA win to remind young people to register and took to Instagram again after voting early for Democratic candidates who oppose “fear-based extremism.” So… yeah. It’s been a whirlwind that’s proven, once and for all, the old Taylor is dead.
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I’m writing this post about the upcoming midterm elections on November 6th, in which I’ll be voting in the state of Tennessee. In the past I’ve been reluctant to publicly voice my political opinions, but due to several events in my life and in the world in the past two years, I feel very differently about that now. I always have and always will cast my vote based on which candidate will protect and fight for the human rights I believe we all deserve in this country. I believe in the fight for LGBTQ rights, and that any form of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender is WRONG. I believe that the systemic racism we still see in this country towards people of color is terrifying, sickening and prevalent. I cannot vote for someone who will not be willing to fight for dignity for ALL Americans, no matter their skin color, gender or who they love. Running for Senate in the state of Tennessee is a woman named Marsha Blackburn. As much as I have in the past and would like to continue voting for women in office, I cannot support Marsha Blackburn. Her voting record in Congress appalls and terrifies me. She voted against equal pay for women. She voted against the Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, which attempts to protect women from domestic violence, stalking, and date rape. She believes businesses have a right to refuse service to gay couples. She also believes they should not have the right to marry. These are not MY Tennessee values. I will be voting for Phil Bredesen for Senate and Jim Cooper for House of Representatives. Please, please educate yourself on the candidates running in your state and vote based on who most closely represents your values. For a lot of us, we may never find a candidate or party with whom we agree 100% on every issue, but we have to vote anyway. So many intelligent, thoughtful, self-possessed people have turned 18 in the past two years and now have the right and privilege to make their vote count. But first you need to register, which is quick and easy to do. October 9th is the LAST DAY to register to vote in the state of TN. Go to vote.org and you can find all the info. Happy Voting! ???
Taylor is currently performing the fifth leg of the Reputation World Tour, information which Todrick used to subtly drag Kanye, whose last tour ended in 2016 and was an unequivocal mess.
“If I were Taylor I’d dress up as Miss Trump for Halloween with a naked version of [Kanye West] lying in bed next to me,” Todrick tweeted, referencing the infamous music video for “Famous.” Taylor received backlash for speaking out against the song after supposedly giving Kanye permission to use her name (although she seemed to take issue with being called a b*tch, not the line she was secretly recorded agreeing to over the phone). A facimile of her naked body was used in the video for “Famous.”
Todrick pivoted briefly from his derision of Kanye’s political “hotmessitration” to draw parallels between this exploitation of Taylor and Kanye’s fight with Blexit. Kanye has become associated with the t-shirt design for “Blexit,” a campaign started by conservative Candace Owens that urges black people to leave the Democratic party.
Todrick’s retweets from earlier in the day draw a direct correlation between the two:
So basically you had a conversation with someone who gave you minimal information about the project and then made you the public face of it, and you felt betrayed by that and changed your mind about being included in it? Because it felt exploitive?? ? https://t.co/31TwUFbv5R
— Ashley Avignone (@ashavignone) October 31, 2018
“I hope you see how it feels to be used for promotion. If the music is good, you don’t need promotion,” Todrick added.
Todrick ended by clarifying that he’s glad Kanye says he’s seen the error of his ways and encourages him to apologize to Taylor. He also expressed skepticism at Kayne’s most recent political stance stating that “like google maps on a trafficy Friday in LA[,] you’ll reroute back to Pettyville AKA Calabasas soon enough.”
Happy Halloween people, go vote ??
— Todrick Hall (@todrick) October 31, 2018
Go to vote.org to check your registration status, learn about early voting or get your absentee ballot. We’ll see you at the polls on November 6!