Taylor Swift, a cultural icon and international pop sensation, has found herself at the center of a conspiracy theory propagated by far-right internet figures and even a former Republican presidential candidate.
The theory suggests that Swift’s relationship with Kansas City Chiefs player Travis Kelce, coupled with suspicions about the legitimacy of the Super Bowl, is all leading to Swift endorsing Joe Biden for the presidency.
Once known for her avoidance of politics, Swift gradually entered the political realm in 2018 by endorsing Tennessee Democratic Senate candidate Phil Bredesen.
Her backing of Biden in 2020 further distanced her from some conservatives. However, recent days have seen a concerted effort from the right to undermine Swift. This move appears strategically questionable, especially as the gender gap widens, and Republican support among suburban women diminishes.
To understand Swift’s growing influence and how these attacks might negatively impact the GOP, POLITICO Magazine consulted Brian Donovan, a University of Kansas professor renowned for his course, “The Sociology of Taylor Swift.”
Donovan emphasized the powerful and dedicated fanbase of Swift, known as “Swifties,” who are arguably the most immersive and intense fandom in the U.S.
Angering this demographic is seen as political folly, as they represent a significant political force. Messing with Swifties, Donovan suggests, is a risky move that could have repercussions for those who underestimate their collective influence.