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Swifties Urge Taylor Swift to Speak Out on Gaza Conflict

Pop superstar Taylor Swift is facing increasing criticism from her dedicated fanbase, known as “Swifties,” for not publicly addressing the ongoing conflict in Gaza.

The “#SwiftiesforPalestine” movement has gained substantial traction on social media platforms like TikTok, with fans urging Swift to speak out against the violence and human rights abuses in the region. Reports indicate that Swift has lost over 200,000 followers on various social media accounts due to this backlash.

In December 2023, Swift attended a Gaza fundraising event hosted by comedian Ramy Youssef, with proceeds pledged to the American Near East Refugee Aid (ANERA) organization for Gaza relief efforts. However, since then, she has remained largely silent on the issue, even as other high-profile celebrities, including Ariana Grande, Dua Lipa, and Swift’s close friend Gigi Hadid, have signed an “Artists for Ceasefire” letter addressed to President Joe Biden.

“This is about lives and justice – if she can rally all of us to vote, she has the power to speak up about injustice,” expressed one Palestinian Swiftie on TikTok, calling for fans to stop streaming Swift’s music and unfollow her on social media.

Despite their idol’s silence, Swifties have taken action themselves, using Swift’s upcoming “Eras Tour” to raise awareness about the conflict in Gaza. Fans are encouraging each other to create and exchange friendship bracelets with messages of support for Palestine, and some plan to bring Palestinian flags and posters to the concerts.

“If you’re attending any Eras shows, please consider making and exchanging Palestine bracelets! If you can, bring the Palestinian flag, posters, etc. We must keep Palestine in the public eye and encourage Taylor to speak up,” one fan posted on the social media platform X.

The backlash against Swift’s silence on the Gaza conflict is part of a larger “Block Out 2024” movement, targeting celebrities who have not used their platforms to address global issues and humanitarian crises. As the 2024 election season approaches, Swift’s fans are making it clear that they expect her to use her influential voice to advocate for justice and human rights.

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