Right-wing lawmakers continue to abuse buzzwords like “socialist,” “Marxist” and “communist” to sow fear – and action – among their grassroots. Too often these words are used with little or no attention to what they actually mean.
Republican Senator Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee once again used this tactic in a recent interview with white nationalist disinformation outlet Breitbart.
There, Blackburn warned of a “socialist government” and how it would affect the entertainment industry.
Take a look below.
Marsha Blackburn: Taylor Swift would be the “first victim” of “Marxism”, of the “socialist government”
“When you talk about country music, and I know the left is all over it now and trying to change country music and wake it up. When I talk to my friends who are musicians and artists, I say, ‘If we have a socialist government – if we have Marxism – you will be the first to be excluded because the state should approve your music. ‘”
She then enlisted the help of pop music star Taylor Swift, who moved to the home state of Blackburn, Tennessee in 2004 to devote herself to country music. Swift described Blackburn as “Trump in a wig” in her 2020 documentary Miss Americana.
Blackburn said of the singer:
“Taylor Swift would be the first victim of this because when you look at Marxist socialist societies they don’t allow women to dress or sing or be on stage or entertain or the type of music she would have. They do not allow protection of private intellectual property rights.
As Mic’s Rafi Schwartz notes, country singers – and singers from a wide range of genres – have already been blacklisted. In particular, the career of country music group The Chicks was cut short in 2003 for denouncing the war in Iraq and then President George W. Bush. It was only recently that the band made a comeback.
The stupidity of Blackburn’s argument was fully visible.
They also denounced his hypocrisy on the matter.
Taylor Swift has yet to respond.