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    The ten-time Grammy winner previously refrained from expressing her political views, saying she didn't know enough about life to tell people who to vote for. But now it appears that Swift, 30, has gained a lot of experience as she recently endorsed Democrat Joe Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris.

    Pop star Taylor Swift has allowed one of her songs to be used in a political campaign ad, a decision that drew harsh criticism from social media users. The musician's "Only the Young" was released in January. The tune, where Swift sings about "big bad man" Donald Trump, mass shootings, and rigged elections, was featured in an ad encouraging young people to vote in the upcoming presidential elections.

    The ad shows events that have occurred during Donald Trump's presidency - MeToo and Black Lives Matter protests, crying child immigrants, Amy Coney Barrett being sworn in as a Supreme Court justice, Donald Trump removing his mask after being diagnosed with COVID-19, and other scenes.

    "They aren't gonna help us. Too busy helping themselves. They aren't gonna change this. We gotta do it ourselves", reads the lyrics to the part of the song used in the ad.

    The video ends with Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden comforting a relative of one of the victims of the Parkland shooting by saying: "We're gonna be okay. I promise you". Joe Biden's running mate Kamala Harris posted the ad on her social media and thanked Swift for allowing them to use her song.

    ​Netizens however were less enthusiastic about the musician's decision.

    ​Many users pointed out that voters shouldn't listen to celebrities when it comes to politics.

    ​Others criticised Swift for supporting Joe Biden given his political record.

    ​There were those who lauded the musician for taking a stance on the issue.

    ​Still others joked about the title of Taylor Swift's song "Only the Young" and imagined how Kanye West would react to her move.

    ​Taylor Swift has been apolitical for most of her music career. The pop star repeatedly said she was afraid that her comments might influence people. However, she became a harsh critic of Donald Trump following the 2018 mid-term elections. Earlier this year, the singer-songwriter tweeted to Trump: "We will vote you out in November".

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