Back in October 2018, Taylor Swift did something that she’d always been “reluctant” to do.
The 30-year-old superstar took to social media to share her political opinions and encourage people in the US to go out and vote.
In a post on Instagram , the singer wrote: “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 went on to reveal that she would be voting against Marsha Blackburn in the 2018 midterm elections, as Blackburn’s voting record “appalls and terrifies” her.
And while many people supported her for using her platform to get political, it seems closer to home people weren’t so sure it was a good idea.
In a scene from her upcoming documentary, Miss Americana, Swift argues with her father Scott and members of her team over releasing the statement, reports Variety Magazine.
An unnamed associate of the star is said to remind her: “For 12 years, we’ve not got involved in politics or religion.”
Her dad then admits he’s “terrified” of what might happen to her if she posts it.
“I’ve read the entire [statement] and… right now, I’m terrified. I’m the guy that went out and bought armored cars,” he said.
But Swift is adamant that highlighting how Blackburn has voted not to reauthorise Violence Against Women Acts and against LGBTQ-friendly bills is more important than their concerns for her safety.
She powerfully defends her decision, saying: “I can’t see another commercial [with] her disguising these policies behind the words ‘Tennessee Christian values’.
“I live in Tennessee. I am Christian. That’s not what we stand for.”
She goes on to confess how she regrets not coming out against Trump when he won the presidential election in 2016, adding: “I can’t change that. I need to be on the right side of history… Dad, I need you to forgive me for doing it, because I’m doing it.”
Speaking to Variety about the scene for their Sundance Festival issue, she later explained why her dad was so opposed to her airing her views.
She said: “My dad is terrified of threats against my safety and my life and he has to see how many stalkers we deal with on a daily basis and know that this is his kid. It’s where he comes from.”
However, she knew deep down it had to be done.
“From what my moral compass was telling me I needed to do, I knew I was right, and I really didn’t care about repercussions,” she added.
Miss Americana, directed by Lana Wilson follows the course of Swift’s life and career over several years. The documentary is set to premiere at Sundance Film Festival on January 23 and will be available to stream on Netflix from January 31.