Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says Michigan is in its “brave” era.
Whitmer took to Twitter on Friday to welcome Taylor Swift in a video full of nods to the singer’s best songs. Swift is in Detroit on Friday and Saturday as part of the popular Eras Tour at Ford Field. Thousands are expected in downtown Detroit and fans are eagerly awaiting the singer. Among those excited about her arrival: the state leader.
Witmer says Michigan has been waiting for her — a reference to Swift’s “Welcome to New York” — and highlights what the governor says makes the Midwestern state special.
“We have an amazing team of leaders who take pride in fighting for freedom,” said Whitmer. “Michiganders are resilient and fight for change, Taylor version,” referring to the reissue of Swift’s album known as The Taylor Edition.
“Michigan is a place where we fight for equal rights for all and enact change. We need to elect leaders to fight for freedom. This is our place. We make the rules in Michigan,” referring to the song “Lover”.
“We like to reiterate your sentiment: The best people in life are free,” Whitmer continued, hinting at the song “New Romantics”.
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The nods to Swift’s songs continue in the 1-minute, 31-second video.
Whitmer Promotes Michigan’s Lakes – Swift has a song called “The Lakes” on one of her latest albums, “Folklore.”
“And if you find yourself not wanting to leave Michigan after this weekend, don’t blame me. To all the fans who will be at the concert this weekend. Have a great time. And I have one last thing to say. Are you ready for that?” said Whitmer.
The video drops as local fans get ready for Swift’s sold-out concerts. Round stretches 10 Swift’s studio albumsAnd Fans all over the country Make and wear clothes to match. For Swifties, it’s a chance to brag about their favorite album or song and channel what Swift’s music means to them growing up. Besides the costumes, there are also many fans Business friendship bracelets At concerts, with song lyrics or album names interconnected.
Those got a nod from Whitmer, too.
“To Swifties – make your friendship bracelets and no matter what era you’re in, get rid of it. Stay safe and have fun,” Whitmer said in her post accompanying the video, though the message dropped a word in the title of Swift’s mega hit “Get Rid of It”.
Swift’s ties to Metro Detroit are strong. Brian McCollum of The Free Press writes that she had her pivotal career break in a suburban Detroit parking lot. In 2006, the 16-year-old singer made her first trip to metro Detroit and met WYCD-FM Program Director Tim Roberts in the parking lot of PF Chang’s on Haggerty Road in Northville Township. Fans are speculating that Swift She refers to that moment in her song “You’re Alone Baby” where she says, “I play my songs in the parking lot.”
If Whitmer was looking for a local reference in Swift’s lyrics, she could have borrowed from the song “London Boy,” in which she sings, “I love my hometown as much as I love Motown.”
Free Press staff writer Brian McCollum contributed to this report.
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