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In a new interview with The Guardian, beloved country songstress Shania Twain just came out… as a Trump supporter.
Shania Twain has sold over 100 million records, making her the best-selling female artist in country music ever and one of the best-selling music artists of all time. “The Queen of Country Pop” is best known for the songs “You’re Still the One” and “Man! I Feel Like a Woman,” which appeared on her 1997 album Come On Over.
Canadian, Twain admitted that if she had been able to vote in the 2016 election, she would have voted for Trump. She says, “I would have voted for him because, even though he was offensive, he seemed honest. Do you want straight or polite? Not that you shouldn’t be able to have both. If I were voting, I just don’t want bullshit. I would have voted for a feeling that it was transparent. And politics has a reputation of not being that, right?”
Interesting that Twain claims that Trump “seems honest,” when many outlets have reported on the numerous lies he has told the American people on a daily basis. In December, 2017, The New York Times published nearly every outright lie he had told publicly since Inauguration. They found that in hist first 40 days alone in office, he told a lie or falsehood every single day.
So Twain may need to do some much-needed research before she keeps labeling Trump as “honest.”
Maybe one of the reasons Twain’s support of Trump is so disappointing is because she’s seen by many as a gay icon. She was just a guest judge on this week’s episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race. During the episode, drag queen Kameron Michaels thanked Twain for being an inspiration to her as a child.
Michaels told Twain, “You were my idol when I was younger. I use to run around the house and lip sync and lip sync and lip sync and you’re probably one of the reasons that I am here today as a drag queen.”
Last year, Twain surprised 50 of her biggest fans at Spotify HQ in New York City during a listening session of her new album. During the Q&A portion of the event, she was asked about what she would say to her gay fan base out there during these troubling times.
“It’s so difficult to face your fears and I think a lot of people in this day and age are hopefully getting more comfortable with who they are and who are they are in their own skin,” Twain answered. “That’s everything. Just facing your fears, carrying on, moving on and being grateful that you lived through it because we have to look at the others who don’t make it to the other side and be grateful that we have.”
She concluded, “Gratitude is important.”
It’s interesting, cause hearing those words now knowing what we know about who she would have voted for… it all makes sense. She almost skirts around the answer and responds with a, “Meh…. you’re fine!”
We’re sorry, Shania… but we don’t think you’re still the one.
UPDATE: Shania Twain has apologized for her comments. On Twitter, she wrote:
“I would like to apologize to anybody I have offended in a recent interview with the Guardian relating to the American President. The question caught me off guard. As a Canadian, I regret answering this unexpected question without giving my response more context.
I am passionately against discrimination of any kind and hope it’s clear from the choices I have made, and the people I stand with, that I do not hold any common moral beliefs with the current President.
I was trying to explain, in response to a question about the election, that my limited understanding was that the President talked to a portion of America like an accessible person they could relate to, as he was NOT a politician.
My answer was awkward, but certainly should not be taken as representative of my values nor does it mean I endorse him. I make music to bring people together. My path will always be one of inclusivity, as my history shows.”