Lena Dunham Defends Taylor Swift Against Election Backlash

Lena Dunham comments on Taylor Swift's decision to not speak out during the U.S. presidential election.

Lena Dunham Defends Taylor Swift Against Election Backlash

Once a squad member, always a squad member.

Lena Dunham has always been very vocal about her political beliefs, and she passionately supported Hilary Clinton in last year's U.S. presidential election. Her close friend Taylor Swift, however, remained notoriously tight-lipped and refused to discuss either Donald Trump or Clinton.

Instead, Swift posted a single Instagram photo on Election Day, urging citizens to vote.

Today is the day. Go out and VOTE πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

A post shared by Taylor Swift (@taylorswift) on

Swift's desire to keep mum and not endorse either candidate quickly came under fire, especially since her music contemporaries (and rivals) such as Katy Perry have been incredibly vocal about their views. Some believed that Swift is a fair-weather feminist since she refused to speak out despite having a wide-range of influence on her fans. Also, Swift's decision to only Tweet in support of the Women's March rather than actually participating in it also added to the argument against her.

Dunham, however, quickly came to her friend's defense in a recent interview with Rolling Stone and explained why Swift has every right to stay silent if she wishes to.

“I just think everyone has to do it their way,” Dunham said.“When I was lesser known, I was like, ‘Who could not share their opinion?’ Then I found out that when you talk about politics, people straight up tweet you the floor plan of your house and say they’re coming to your house. You have to fucking watch it because people are nuts.” 

Lena Dunham Defends Taylor Swift Against Election Backlash

Dunham went on to praise Swift's restrain, especially when it comes to dealing with criticism.

“She’s been in the public eye since she was 15,” added Dunham. “I felt young when my career started and I was 23, 24. When I met her, she was newly 22, and she was a f—ing seasoned pro at this stuff. Watching the way that she understands the vicissitudes of the cycle, and she just keeps making her work, – that’s just really impressive to me. That’s how I hope to live my life, which is not as a slave to public opinion but just as somebody who continues to make things . . . People who understand how to protect themselves but aren’t so beaten down that they can’t be creative – that to me is the greatest.”

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