Condemning La Libertad Avanza: Taylor’s Version 

Following the ire of BTS fandom against LLA’s Victoria Villarruel, Argentine Taylor Swift fans are stepping up to the plate

FILE PHOTO: Taylor Swift attends the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, U.S., September 12, 2023. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly/File Photo

On Wednesday, La Libertad Avanza (LLA)’s vice presidential candidate Victoria Villarruel came under fire from K-pop fans for past xenophobic tweets about the beloved Korean boy band BTS. After incurring the wrath of the BTS A.R.M.Y, Thursday saw another formidable internet fandom start mobilizing against LLA: fans of Taylor Swift, aka “Swifties.”

Two weeks out from the superstar’s first shows in Buenos Aires, a new account called Swifties contra LLA (Swifties against LLA) posted a communiqué on X (formerly Twitter) highlighting “the need to talk about the upcoming elections in Argentina and the country’s future. As Taylor said: we need to be on the right side of history.”

“One of the candidates, Javier Milei […] represents the anti-democratic right that’s coming to take away all our hard-earned rights. Why should this mobilize us as a fandom?” said the communiqué. “Because Milei is [former US president Donald] Trump and because we can’t not do battle after having heard and seen Taylor give her all for the right not to win in her country.”

The owner of the “Swifties against LLA” account spoke to the Herald on condition of anonymity, given the “very violent” response from the far-right coalition’s voters.

“We sat down with some friends to write it knowing that it would be shared because it was something we were already seeing in the fandom,” she told the Herald, clarifying that they did not represent an official Taylor Swift fan club nor a specific political party. “We decided to do it now because we believe the situation is extreme. 

There aren’t any other options left to stop the far-right in the ballotage, you have to speak up and fight vote by vote for them not to go to Milei because there are many civil rights at risk as well as the future of the country.” 

“Swifties against LLA” began posting on Thursday morning and their following increased as they garnered media attention over the day, with television host Jorge Rial saying “That’s that. Milei’s lost.”

“We honestly can’t believe it […] the idea behind the communiqué was to reach the fandom and some Swiftie accounts and perhaps convince one indecisive voter, which would be a real triumph,” the account owner told the Herald. “This is all much more than what we expected but we feel that it’s important because as well as Swifties, we are Argentine women who care about the country and we can’t remain silent in this situation.”

As is the case across the world, Taylor Swift fans are legion in Argentina, although there isn’t an official fan club. Following the announcement of her first shows in Buenos Aires (November 9, 10, and 11 at the River Plate stadium) in June as part of the Eras Tour, local Swifties set up camp outside the venue to get as close as possible to the stage. 

Although the posts were well received by Argentine Swifties, LLA voters “have threatened to come and beat us up when we go to the concert or beat up the people camping out there, who have nothing to do with this.”

“It’s nothing we haven’t seen before on their social media, especially when women are involved,” she said.

Although the chances of Swift commenting on Argentina’s electoral situation are exceedingly slim, “Swifties against LLA” did express hope that she would sing “Only The Young” as a subtle nod.

“It talks about the disappointment of having the right win in your country [and] only the young can save us. I feel like it has a strong message and it would be lovely to signal support in that way but I doubt it’ll happen,” she said.

Whether or not the superstar will comment remains to be seen — as is the possibility of another fanbase joining the dance. Should the BeyHive or Little Monsters get involved as well, LLA would be well and truly in hot water.

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