Country music superstar Miranda Lambert says she wants nothing to do with using her platform to promote her personal politics.
In a rare and extensive interview with Billboard, the “Gunpowder and Lead” singer says she’s “100 percent” against writing politically-driven songs.
“I am a 100 percent believer in not ever using the platform that I’ve built for anything other than music, because music to me is an escape from your own reality,” Lambert said. “I don’t want to go to a show and hear somebody preach about their opinions.”
Political debates aren’t even worth having, Lambert says, because “you can’t win anyway.”
“And what are you winning? For someone to agree with you, and now you’ve spoken your piece and pissed off many other people, just for one person to go, ‘She’s right’? It doesn’t do any good,” she told the outlet.
In a time when celebrities are becoming increasingly visible and vocal political advocates — from Meryl Streep’s anti-Trump speech at the Golden Globes to the numerous star-studded pro-Hillary Clinton public service announcements during the campaign — Lambert says she’s not interested in trying to “fit in” with her famous contemporaries.
“I’m not going to try to fit in,” Lambert explained. “But I’m not trying to be an outlaw — I’m just trying to do me. And if that’s carving my own path or making my own lane, then I’ll do that.”
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Every now and then I decide to re-join the world of social media and post something really personal. Not promoting anyone or anything. Not selling a better version of myself to anyone or trying to look cool like we all do all the time. Just a picture that either I or someone I know and care about took the time to take and see the beauty in. This is one of those moments that im proud of. My friend Tommy snapped it on a trail ride on his phone at golden hour on the farm in TN. What a blessing. I'm wearing yoga pants and no makeup and im on the back of my beloved Leiani. A Gypsy Vanner horse. 💗. But… Last night I was all dolled up and "out on the town" with my sweet man at the CMA awards in Nashville. I was excited about the night and posted a picture. Just now when I looked I realized so many comments were judgmental and negative. Cowardly people hiding behind a keyboard or a cell phone writing their useless comments about our eyes and clothes and body language. What a bunch of bull shit. Thank y'all for reminding me why I read books , write songs, and spend most of my time with animals and people I trust and love. And one last thing….. "Words are things. You must be careful, careful about calling people out of their names, using racial pejoratives and sexual pejoratives and all that ignorance. Don’t do that. Some day we’ll be able to measure the power of words. I think they are things. They get on the walls. They get in your wallpaper. They get in your rugs, in your upholstery, and your clothes, and finally in to you." Maya Angelou
The 33-year-old Grammy-winning singer is just the latest in a growing list of celebrities who believe it’s not their job to preach politics.
Read Lambert’s interview in full here.