At Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards, Taylor Swift took home a moon man for “You Need to Calm Down”, a fan voted award for Video of the Year. During her acceptance speech, the singer called out the White House for not responding to her Equality Act Petition, which has over half a million signatures.
“So you voting for this video means that you want a world where we’re all treated equally under the law, regardless of who we love, regardless of how we identify,” Swift said. “(the petition) now has half a million signatures, which is five times the amount needed to warrant a response from the White House.”
“Regardless of who we are, regardless of how we identify, at the end of this video there was a petition – and there still is a petition for the Equality Act, which basically just says we all deserve equal rights under the law,” she continued.
Apparently, the White House was listening and they have responded to Swift’s speech.
“The Trump Administration absolutely opposes discrimination of any kind and supports the equal treatment of all; however, the House-passed bill in its current form is filled with poison pills that threaten to undermine parental and conscience rights,” White House spokesman Judd Deere told USA Today.
President Obama started the tradition of responding to petitions not submitted through the official channel on the whitehouse.gov web site, but the Trump administration has not followed that.
The White House is only required to respond to petitions through We The People, the official “platform that empowers the American public to take this action.” Petitions created on the site that reach 100,000 signatures within 30 days will be reviewed and receive a response.
Swift’s petition is on change.org.