I went to Taylor Swift’s house in Nashville and we talked about self-awareness, racial privilege, Harvey Weinstein and why we’re not entitled to her pain https://t.co/xc9hiOpdme— Laura Snapes (@laurasnapes) August 24, 2019
"My privilege allowed me to not have to learn about white privilege. I didn’t know about it as a kid, and that is privilege itself, you know? And that’s something that I’m still trying to educate myself on every day. How can I see where people are coming from, and understand the pain that comes with the history of our world?”
She accepts responsibility for putting too much of her life out there and is now setting boundaries, won't talk details about Joe.
During her sexual assault case she had practiced being polite for her testimony but "something snapped." She had never been in that position before, it was “so traumatizing. I just didn’t know that could happen. It was really brazen, in front of seven people.”
She now has cameras at all meet and greets so they'll have evidence in case it happens again.
She got a "vibe" from Harvey Weinstein but he never tried anything. “If you listen to the stories, he picked people who were vulnerable, in his opinion. It seemed like it was a power thing. So, to me, that doesn’t say anything – that I wasn’t in that situation.” She believes women and men who speak up.
On Trump and politics: “I was living in this Obama eight-year paradise of, you go, you cast your vote, the person you vote for wins, everyone’s happy! This whole thing, the last three, four years, it completely blindsided a lot of us, me included.”
She stopped throwing her 4th of July parties because she became disillusioned with the US. “The thing I can’t get over right now is gaslighting the American public into being like, ‘if you hate the president, you hate America.’ We’re a democracy – at least, we’re supposed to be – where you’re allowed to disagree, dissent, debate. I really think that he (Trump) thinks this is an autocracy.”
Part of why she didn't speak up: "I hate to admit this, but I felt that I wasn’t educated enough on it. Because I hadn’t actively tried to learn about politics in a way that I felt was necessary for me, making statements that go out to hundreds of millions of people.”
“It was just me and my life, and also doing a lot of self-reflection about how I did feel really remorseful for not saying anything. I wanted to try and help in any way that I could, the next time I got a chance. I didn’t help, I didn’t feel capable of it – and as soon as I can, I’m going to.”
On women's rights: “I mean, obviously, I’m pro-choice, and I just can’t believe this is happening. I can’t believe we’re here. It’s really shocking and awful. And I just wanna do everything I can for 2020. I wanna figure out exactly how I can help, what are the most effective ways to help. ’Cause this is just… This is not it.”