A group of fans of US mega pop star Taylor Swift in Argentina waded into the presidential election campaign on Thursday by declaring themselves to be against libertarian lawmaker Javier Milei due to “the danger he represents” for the country.
“We feel the need to talk about the next Argentine election and the future of the country. As Taylor said: we feel the need the be in the right side of history. #SwiftiesAgainstLLA,” said the group from its account “Swifties Contra LLA” on the social network X (formerly Twitter).
The account was created in October and has 3,600 followers so far. 'LLA' refers to La Libertad Avanza, Milei's party.
Swift will perform three shows on November 9, 10 and 11 at the Monumental stadium in Buenos Aires. The tickets, which sold out in a matter of hours, were sold some five months ago.
Lawwaker Milei will compete in the presidential run-off on November 19 with the ruling party candidate and current Economy Minister Sergio Massa.
Milei “represents the anti-democratic right coming to take our acquired rights,” the group of Swift followers stated.
In recent years, Swift fans have been known for their criticism of former US president Donald Trump’s positions after the pop star came out against him.
A statement by Swifties rejects Milei’s positions on such issues as abortion and sexual diversity and criticised him and vice-presidential running-mate for calling into question the extent of the human rights violations during the last dictatorship in the country (1976-1983).
“Given the danger candidate Javier Milei represents, mainly for women and diversities, on November 19 we are NOT voting for him,” they said, and closed with “Cheers to the resistance!"
Another group of Argentine fans, this time of K-pop Korean band BTS, also condemned on Wednesday the “hatred and xenophobic words” of Victoria Villaruel, Milei’s running-mate, who joked the name of the band made her think of a “sexually transmitted disease."