Sen. Marsha Blackburn praised Grammy Award-winning artist Taylor Swift for her talents and efforts to protect songwriters and musicians, despite being slammed in the singer's Netflix documentary “Miss Americana," which debuted Friday on the streaming platform.
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Blackburn, R-Tenn. issued a statement directed at the pop star Thursday, saying the two can find common ground despite the two not being able to see eye to eye on a slate of social issues, according to Variety.
“Taylor is an exceptionally gifted artist and songwriter, and Nashville is fortunate to be the center of her creative universe,” Blackburn told Variety. “While there are policy issues on which we may always disagree, we do agree on the need to throw the entertainment community’s collective influence behind legislation protecting songwriters, musicians, and artists from censorship, copyright theft, and profiteering."
In the intimate documentary centered around the normally private megastar, Swift chronicles her inner battle over speaking forthrightly about politics. The star slams Blackburn, saying the Republican's 2018 Senate campaign was what pushed her to find her political voice, the outlet reported.
Representatives for Blackburn did not immediately respond to FOX Business' request for comment.
"In this revealing documentary, Taylor Swift embraces her role as a songwriter and performer — and as a woman harnessing the full power of her voice."
"The Music Modernization Act was a huge win for creators, and the BOTS Act for fans," Blackburn said. "Growing support behind the AM-FM Act will close loopholes blocking compensation for radio play. I welcome any further opportunities to work with Tennessee’s and the nation’s creative communities to protect intellectual property and ensure appropriate compensation for their creations. On that note, I wish Taylor the best — she’s earned it.”
The documentary shows Swift meeting with her family to discuss speaking out against Tennessee Republican during the 2018 Senate campaign.
Previously, Swift faced years of criticism for not speaking about political issues despite having a global platform.
According to Variety, Swift’s documentary features a new song, “Only the Young," which was allegedly provoked by Blackburn’s election. The song makes its debut in the film.
In the documentary directed by Lana Wilson, Swift also discloses a past eating disorder and says the 2017 sexual assault court case she won was a dramatic turning point in her life. The documentary was one of the most feverishly awaited films during Sundance earlier this month.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.