Read the Post That Sparked Taylor Swift's Political Awakening, 'Miss Americana' Conversation

Taylor Swift is moving deeper into the political arena with the release of her Netflix documentary Miss Americana. The pop singer began speaking about her political leanings in 2018.

One Instagram post sparked it all. Swift nearly broke the internet in October 2018 when she confirmed her support for Phil Bredesen over Marsha Blackburn in the race for senator in Tennessee. A trailer for Miss Americana reveals the conversation behind uploading the controversial statement to a public platform.

In the trailer, Swift's mother, Andrea, comforts the singer as she speaks about the decision. "I need to be on the right side of history," Swift is heard saying. The conversation apparently details concerns that Swift could lose half of her fan base by committing publicly to a political party, according to The New York Times.

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Taylor Swift performs onstage during the 2018 reputation Stadium Tour at Soldier Field on June 2, 2018, in Chicago. A trailer for "Miss Americana" reveals the conversation behind Swift's uploading the controversial political statement to a public platform. John Shearer/TAS18/Getty Images for TAS/Getty

Documentary footage shows Swift posting the Instagram photo and lengthy caption. In the post, Swift not only acknowledged her personal values, but slammed Blackburn for her voting record against women's and LGBTQ+ rights.

"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," Swift wrote. "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."

Swift's statement began with an explanation for her choosing to speak up. She then encouraged her young fans to vote, noting that many of her followers had likely turned 18 after Donald Trump was elected president.

"In the past I've been reluctant to publicly voice my political opinions, but due to several events in my life and in the world in the past two years, I feel very differently about that now," she wrote. "I always have and always will cast my vote based on which candidate will protect and fight for the human rights I believe we all deserve in this country."

She continued to clarify her beliefs. "I believe in the fight for LGBTQ rights, and that any form of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender is WRONG. I believe that the systemic racism we still see in this country towards people of color is terrifying, sickening and prevalent.

"I cannot vote for someone who will not be willing to fight for dignity for ALL Americans, no matter their skin color, gender or who they love."

Since, Swift's music has reflected her political leanings. She released the single "You Need to Calm Down," in 2019 an LGBTQ+ anthem that mentions activism group GLAAD by name. Swift has also followed up the first post with reminders for voter registration.

Miss Americana is available to stream on Netflix starting Friday.

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