Music superstar Taylor Swift called out the White House over an LGBTQ rights petition at the Video Music Awards Monday night.
After accepting the fan-voted award for video of the year for her song "You Need to Calm Down" — which advocates LGBTQ rights both through song lyrics and video artistry — Swift turned her attention to the White House and advancing the LGBTQ agenda.
"I first want to say thank you to the fans because in this video, several points were made, so you voting for this video means that you want a world where we're all treated equally under the law, regardless of who we are, regardless of how we identify," Swift said.
"At the end of this video there was a petition — and there still is a petition — for the Equality Act, which basically just says we all deserve equal rights under the law," the pop star continued.
"I want to thank everyone who signed that petition because it now has half-a-million signatures, which is five times the amount that it would need to warrant a response from the White House," she said.
As Swift discussed the petition and the non-response from the White House, she looked down at her wrist to reference a watch — she was not wearing one — and looked up with a face of disgust. The reaction won Swift an enormous applause from the audience.
President Donald Trump and the White House have not responded to Swift.
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Although Swift was not openly political in the beginning of her career, she has becoming increasingly outspoken about political issues important to her.
In addition to now becoming a face of the LGBTQ rights movement, Swift inserted herself into the 2018 midterm election when she endorsed former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen (D) over then-Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R) in a contentious Senate battle.
Blackburn eventually defeated Bredesen and won the seat.