The cultural repression around the Iraq war made it easier for sexual predators like Harvey Weinstein

At least according to Taylor Swift.

That idiotic rule so many of us are taught that “you shouldn’t talk about politics or religion” has its consequences.

She cites her background in country music as one of the reasons she didn’t join other celebrities in speaking out about her politics.

“I come from country music,” she told The Guardian. “The number one thing they absolutely drill into you as a country artist, and you can ask any other country artist this, is ‘Don’t be like the Dixie Chicks!’”

The all-woman country trio famously denounced the Iraq war in 2003, saying they were “ashamed” be from the same state as then President George W. Bush, which led to a boycott from country radio and public condemnation.

“I watched country music snuff that candle out. The most amazing group we had, just because they talked about politics,” said Swift. “And they were getting death threats. They were made such an example that basically every country artist that came after that, every label tells you, ‘Just do not get involved, no matter what.’”

2 thoughts on “The cultural repression around the Iraq war made it easier for sexual predators like Harvey Weinstein”

  1. With the defeat of the Ottoman Empire in World War I, the allies created the modern Middle-East. And while the Treaty of Sevres provided for an independent Kurdistan, it was never ratified. In 1923 the treaty of Lausanne created the modern states of Turkey, Iraq, and Syria, but Kurdistan was ignored. During Turkey’s war for independence, Turkish leaders, promised Kurds a Turkish-Kurdish federated state in return for their assistance in the war. After independence was achieved, however, they ignored the bargain they had made.

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