On Sunday (October 7), Taylor Swift made a rare political statement, denouncing a Republican candidate running for Senate in her voting state of Tennessee. Unsurprisingly, her call to action subsequently had a massive effect on voter registration in the state. Another effect? A fan theory involving Swift’s upcoming American Music Awards performance.
As brought to our attention by BuzzFeed, Swift announced earlier this month that she’d be opening the American Music Awards—airing Tuesday night—with the Reputation banger “I Did Something Bad.” On a surface level, the song selection is a bit out of left field, as “I Did Something Bad” was never released as a single from the album and might not be known by casual Swift listeners. But as BuzzFeed outlines, the first few lyrics of the song are as follows: “I never trust a narcissist, but they love me / So I play ’em like a violin / And I make it look oh so easy.”
That “narcissist,” fans reckon, refers to Donald Trump, who responded to Swift’s political statement with a statement of his own, saying he likes Swift’s music “25 percent less” now, according to multiple reports. Fly, meet trap? Fans sure seem to think so, just in time to make a statement at the awards show—something Swift is very fond of.
In her Sunday statement, Swift endorsed Tennessee Democrats Phil Bredesen for Senate and Jim Cooper for the House of Representatives, respectively, while urging citizens to vote against Republican Senate candidate 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,” Swift wrote on Instagram. “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.”
Remember readers, midterms are next month, and the AMAs are in just a few hours.