Taylor Swift talks #MeToo, politics, and emo in new Beats 1 interview

Hear Swift’s conversation with Zane Lowe.

October 30, 2019

Taylor Swift swung by the Beats 1 studio this morning to chat with Zane Lowe about her newest album, Lover. During their discussion, Swift talked about the political influences behind the album: "Oddly, there are actual inflections of how I feel politically on this record. More so than ever before," she told Lowe in the interview. "'Miss Americana and the Heartbreak Prince,' it's definitely all about politics. It's politics as a metaphor for like a high school where everything seems wrong and the wrong side is winning and high-fiving each other and you're just trying to find someone to huddle under the bleachers with."

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Later in the interview, Swift thanked Jameela Jamil and #MeToo for igniting a deeper conversation on gender equality. "Women are not allowed to want those things the way that men are allowed to want them," she explained. And so I think when I was the youngest, it was hard because I didn't understand why nobody was saying that this was wrong. And I think now, thank God we've had Me Too movements and moments where we're looking at ourselves as a society and we're looking at internalized misogyny."

Elsewhere in Swift and Lowe's conversation, she credits Lana Del Rey and Pete Wentz as her favorite lyricists, the latter of which she recently met at "the most emo dinner party" hosted by Brendon Urie. Watch the full conversation above.

Taylor Swift talks #MeToo, politics, and emo in new Beats 1 interview