Actress Lola Kirke has hit out at Taylor Swift – claiming that the pop star’s silence on politics is tantamount to voting for President Donald Trump.
The 26-year-old, who is also a musician, has been vocal in her support for causes such as Planned Parenthood and the fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline and wore a ‘f**k Paul Ryan’ badge to the Golden Globes.
The British-born American told Vogue.com that during turbulent political times, global stars such as Swift, 27, should speak out for grassroots movements.
Public responsibility: Actress Lola Kirke, 26, pictured left, slammed singer Taylor Swift, 27, pictured right, for not using her global platform to talk about politics
Criticism: The British-born American actress and musician said the singer’s relative silence on the current political situation was tantamount to voting for President Donald Trump
Since the election, Swift has remained relatively silent on the issue of politics – sparking speculation over her political affiliation.
Kirke, who is the sister of Girls star Jemima, said: ‘For me, it’s really important to elevate voices and causes that don’t get as much attention with whatever attention I get.
‘I totally understand why some people won’t do that. I definitely think that there are certain celebrities who really could offer more help to grassroots movements with their power – and don’t.’
Activist: Kirke, pictured in her latest film Gemini, is vocal in her support for causes such as Planned Parenthood and the fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline
She added: ‘Like Taylor f*****g Swift, who may as well have voted for Trump, as far as I’m concerned, by not doing anything.’
Kirke, whose latest film Gemini recently had its world premier at SXSW, said the notion of selfie-obsessed celebrity is ‘confusing and weird’.
Despite labeling it ‘vapid’, she said social media can be used for good.
Stand up: Kirke said during turbulent political times, stars such as Swift should speak out for grassroots movements
Family business: Kirke is the sister of Girls star Jemima, pictured together at their sister Domino’s recent wedding, left, and right in 2015
‘You can imbue everything you’re doing with meaning. I believe that life is meaningful and I believe there are things that are important that are not getting the attention that they deserve,’ she said.
Listing issues that she believes are currently under threat or in need of attention, she said the environment, reproductive rights and human rights which she said ‘are in jeopardy’.
She said she does not want to contribute to the ‘smokescreen’ that encourages people to think that those issues do not exist.