White House responds after Taylor Swift call out at the VMAs
At this year's MTV Video Music Awards, which aired live on Monday, Taylor Swift used her Video of the Year acceptance speech to reiterate her stance on LGBTQ+ rights.
She won the coveted award for her You Need To Calm Down music video, which was executive produced by openly gay YouTuber and recording artist Todrick Hall (along with Swift) and featured a number of high-profile LGBTQ+ figures.
This is the moment Taylor Swift urged the White House to vote on the Equality Act bill during her acceptance speech at the VMAs:
Included in the video were the likes of Modern Family's Jesse Tyler Ferguson, transgender actress and activist Laverne Cox and popular YouTuber Hannah Hart.
At the end of the video, fans were urged to sign a petition in support of the Equality Act bill. This particular piece of legislation would seek to protect LGBTQ+ people against discrimination in the following areas: employment, education, housing, public accommodations, jury service, federal funding and credit.
Take a look at the award-winning music video for You Need To Calm Down:
The bill was passed by the Democratic-controlled House in May, but it is not yet known if the law will be brought to a vote in the Republican-controlled Senate.
During her acceptance speech, the 29-year-old superstar referenced the petition, saying: "It now has half a million signatures, which is five times the amount that it would need to warrant a response from the White House." Swift then pretended to check the time by looking down at her wrist and tapping an imaginary watch.
Per CNN, the White House has now responded to the All Too Well singer. On Tuesday, White House deputy press secretary Judd Deere said the Trump administration "opposes discrimination" but does not support the Equality Act bill.
"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," Deere said in response to Swift's comments.