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Taylor Swift’s ‘Time’ Cover Has Elon Musk Sounding an Alarm

Taylor Swift preforming her song "Lover" during her Eras Tour
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Elon Musk and right-wing supporters warned their followers on X after Taylor Swift was named Time’s Person of the Year for the fourth time.

According to Huff Post, Musk took to his social media platform X to congratulate Swift on being named Time’s Person of the Year, then cautioned the singer that things could go downhill. “Some risk of popularity decline after this award. I speak from experience lol,” the billionaire founder of SpaceX wrote under the pop star’s post.

Musk was named Person of the Year in 2021. The magazine explained the choice, writing that Musk was “solving the globe’s most intractable challenges” and “driving society’s most daring and disruptive transformations.”

Musk, who remains the wealthiest person in the world, according to Forbes, has seen a sharp decline in popularity over the years. As CEO of Tesla and owner of X, he has been embroiled in several controversies.

These include engaging with antisemitic content, enabling QAnon conspiracy theories like Pizzagate (which led to a man firing a rifle inside a pizza place in Washington, D.C., because he believed he needed to rescue hidden children that were being trafficked), and promoting fake news on social media platforms.

Musk is also facing backlash for requiring companies to halt ad buys on X. “If someone is going to try and blackmail me with advertising, blackmail me with money, go **** yourself,” he said at The New York Times DealBook Summit last week.

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Swift has not responded to Musk’s congratulatory subtweet, but she has not been without critics.

Swift has had an amazing year, breaking records left and right. Not only is she still rereleasing all of her stolen music, but her Eras Tour helped the economy, and her partnership with AMC to self-distribute “Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour” movie made $249.6 million at the box office. The internet uniting to celebrate everything Swift has made her a singular unifying person in the monoculture.

Unfortunately, the account End of Wokeness took to X to state that Swift’s “cult-like following” would lead people to “drink poisoned Kool-Aid for her.” In the same post, the account warned followers that Swift would try to step into politics, stating, “If you don’t think the regime has plans to weaponize her just in time for 2024, you clearly have not been paying attention.”

Former Trump DOJ official Jeffrey Clark, who faces criminal charges in Georgia related to his attempts to overturn the 2020 election, commented on X user Jack Posobiec’s post.

“This is what happens when we cede culture to the left. Brainless youth raising themselves on Taylor Swift’s saccharine bland music and that washing over into the serious world of politics,” he wrote. “If we reach the point where Dwayne the Rock Johnson and Taylor Swift run for office together we will have truly reached full-on Idiocracy where Mike Judge imagined ‘President Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho.’”

While Swift has been vocal about her support for the pro-choice movement and declared her opposition to former President Donald Trump, the pop star is focusing on her music, sharing photos on her Instagram Story of her in the recording studio with no mention of politics.

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Written By Alyssa Miller

Alyssa Miller is a writer, editor, and educator with a passion for entertainment and pop culture. She graduated from the University of San Francisco with a Bachelor of Arts in English and a minor in Communications. Before graduating, Alyssa worked as a freelance entertainment and film education writer, contributing to a variety of publications, including Britain’s First Frame Magazine. She also continued to write short stories and screenplays in her free time.

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