Are performers expected to voice political views? ‘The View’ discusses

Following Grammy winning musician Taylor Swift’s pledge to use her influence to speak out against “disgusting rhetoric” in politics, co-hosts on “The View” weigh in on the pressure artists experience to be politically active.

On Thursday, co-hosts Joy Behar, Abby Huntsman, Sunny Hostin, and Meghan McCain discussed Swift’s newfound outlook — revealed in an interview with Elle — to use her platform for power of speech.

Swift revealed to Elle that she’s taken “a lot of time” to educate herself “on the political system and the branches of government that are signing off on bills that affect our day-to-day life.”

“I personally don’t need to hear from Taylor Swift on politics,” Huntsman reacted. “At the same time though, I feel bad sometimes for celebrities because I think society puts too much pressure on them.”

Huntsman went on to say why the position celebrities are in is a catch 22. “If they don’t speak, they don’t care about it and then when they do speak, [they] are alienating half of [their] followers.”

The Dixie Chicks, Dolly Parton, Kid Rock, and Willie Nelson are some of the names Hostin called to mind about celebrities getting into trouble for voicing their political views. “You take the…

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