Taylor Swift Issues Statement Supporting Black Lives Matter: ‘Changes MUST Be Made’

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The Black Lives Matter movement and social protests over the past two weeks stemming from the May 25 killing of George Floyd at the hands of police in Minneapolis has prompted near-ubiquitous commentary online, including from high-profile musicians, and on Tuesday night Taylor Swift posted a message to Twitter (and her 86 million followers) supporting the movement:

This message from Taylor Swift, easily one of the biggest cultural figures in the world right now, follows her previous message on May 29, directed at President Trump and his tweets about the protesting:


Swift’s show of support for Black Lives Matter comes days after Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr shared a similar sentiment, relating the current situation to the Beatles’ refusal to play a segregated concert in 1964:

“As we continue to see the protests and demonstrations across the world, I know many of us want to know just what we can be doing to help. None of us have all the answers and there is no quick fix but we need change. We all need to work together to overcome racism in any form. We need to learn more, listen more, talk more, educate ourselves and, above all, take action.

In 1964 The Beatles were due to play Jacksonville in the US and we found out that it was going to be to a segregated audience. It felt wrong. We said ‘We’re not doing that!’ And the concert we did do was to their first non-segregated audience. We then made sure this was in our contract. To us it seemed like common sense.

I feel sick and angry that here we are almost 60 years later and the world is in shock at the horrific scenes of the senseless murder of George Floyd at the hands of police racism, along with the countless others that came before.

 All of us here support and stand alongside all those who are protesting and raising their voices at this time. I want justice for George Floyd’s family, I want justice for all those who have died and suffered. Saying nothing is not an option. “ – Love Paul McCartney


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