- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 15, 2017

In a recent interview, outspoken liberal actress and screenwriter Lena Dunham defended her friend Taylor Swift from criticism that the pop star was not using her influence to speak out on political issues.

“[Y]our friend Taylor Swift took a lot of heat for not speaking up [during the election campaign]. Is that unfair?” Rolling Stone asked the “Girls” creator in an interview published Wednesday.

“I just think everyone has to do it their way,” Miss Dunham, an ardent supporter of Hillary Clinton in the 2016 campaign, answered. “When I was lesser known, I was like, ‘Who could not share their opinion?’ Then I found out that when you talk about politics, people straight up tweet you the floor plan of your house and say they’re coming to your house. You have to [expletive] watch it because people are nuts.”

While no fan of the president, Miss Dunham earlier this month cautioned fellow liberals to keep their criticism of Donald Trump restricted to his actions and not cheap shots on his physical appearance.

During the presidential race while other pop stars had been vocal in their backing of Mrs. Clinton, Miss Swift, who got her start in the more conservative-leaning environment of country music, stayed mum on her voting preference, generating criticism in social media and on left-leaning sites like Fusion.net, where one writer insisted Miss Swift’s silence was a tacit endorsement of Mr. Trump.

“Celebrities, of course, may choose silence,” wrote Fusion culture writer Kelsey McKinney last October. “But silence is not an apolitical action, as much as Swift seems to suggest that it is. To remain silent is to remain complicit — a choice that’s all the more egregious in light of Swift’s enormous platform.”

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