Queensland political leaders are divided about the Taylor Swift Hottest 100 controversy.
Despite not being played on Triple J, Taylor Swift looks set to feature prominently in the national youth broadcaster’s end of year music countdown as a result of an online campaign.
Labor leader Annastacia Palaszczuk says she has been inspired by the unexpected push for the American pop starlet.
“The fact that Triple J voters are getting behind a woman they’ve never paid much attention to before gives me hope for the state election,” said the Opposition Leader.
“I trust Queensland voters will do the same on January 31 and say: I got a blank space, baby, and I’ll write your name.”
But Premier Campbell Newman says a Taylor Swift Hottest 100 number 1 would be a disaster for Queensland.
“What about Sheppard’s Geronimo?” said the Premier. “It’s a rocking pop song, written and performed by Queenslanders.”
“People should be getting behind local enterprises like Sheppard and not multinational millionaires like Taylor Swift.”
Clive Palmer sings Taylor Swift song at press conference
Queensland’s own multinational millionaire Clive Palmer reacted to Mr Newman’s comments by singing Taylor Swift’s Shake It Off at a specially convened press conference.
“And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate,” trilled the Palmer United Party chief.
“Campbell Newman is a hypocrite.”
“Campbell Newman has marginalised the country element in the LNP, just like Taylor Swift has marginalised the country element in her music.”
“Campbell Newman and Taylor Swift are basically the same person.”
As a result of Mr Palmer’s attack, the hashtag #NewmanIsTaylorSwift is now trending on Twitter.
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