Amidst growing social unrest rooted from varying issues around the world including the Black Lives Matter Movement in America, Canada, and Australia, and the Junk Anti-Terror Bill protests in the Philippines, pop singer Taylor Swift is once again using her platform to speak up.
In a recent IG story, Taylor posted a swipe-up link to a page that informs visitors on the aforementioned movements, and how to help them via petitions and donations. “When you’re done: Educate yourself. This doesn’t go away once the topic isn’t trending,” it reads. Included here is a page against the infamous Anti-Terror Bill, which was passed at the House of Representatives yesterday on its 2nd reading.
A link from Taylor’s post directs to a page that describes the bill as a law that permits “the state and its forces to have absolute power in defining what constitutes the definition of terrorism, who are to be considered terrorists, and what to do with these individuals.” It further explains that the Anti-Terror Bill may allow “police, law enforcement, and military personnel…to carry out warrantless arrests without incurring liability…”
Taylor made headlines a few days ago after critizicizing U.S. President Donald Trump who, in a tweet, had vilified the actions of protestors seeking justice for the murder of African-American George Floyd.
“After stoking the fires of white supremacy and racism your entire presidency, you have the nerve to feign moral superiority before threatening violence? ‘When the looting starts the shooting starts’??? We will vote you out in November. @realdonaldtrump,” read Taylor’s post. It currently has 2.2. million likes and is her most liked tweet to date.
In her 2019 documentary Miss Americana, Taylor expressed her regrets on not making a stand against President Trump and his homophobic allies two years earlier. The pop star has since vowed to use her platform to openly support political movements of which she believes in.
“To celebrate [Pride Month] but not advocate felt wrong for me. Using my voice to try to advocate was the only choice to make. Because I’ve talked about equality and sung about it in songs like Welcome to New York, but we are at a point where human rights are being violated,” she elaborated in an interview with Variety.
Locally, celebrities have also joined the protests against the Anti-Terror Bill. Using their influence to speak up, the likes of Elisse Joson and Pia Wurtzbach tweeted out useful info that explains and breaks down the bill to make it more digestible for many. Meanwhile, Kathryn Bernardo joined the call on Twitter by writing "#JUNKTERRORBILLNOW" on her account.
To learn more about the Black Lives Matter and the Junk Anti-Terror Bill movements, visit this page.