When you're a celebrity on the level of Taylor Swift, silence really does speak louder than words, as became clear from the controversy around Taylor's refusal to get political in 2016. In the run-up to the presidential election, many questioned why Taylor had not spoken out in support of Hillary Clinton or denounced Donald Trump, given her emphasis on feminism and empowering young women.
Lena Dunham, who is both an outspoken Hillary supporter and a member of Taylor's squad, was asked by Rolling Stone about the backlash Taylor received for "not speaking up."
"I just think everyone has to do it their way," Lena responded, according to EW. "When I was lesser known, I was like, 'Who could not share their opinion?' Then I found out that when you talk about politics, people straight up tweet you the floor plan of your house and say they’re coming to your house. You have to fucking watch it, because people are nuts."
Dunham went on to praise Swift's poise and dexterity at handling the media."She's been in the public eye since she was 15...when I met her, she was newly 22, and she was a fucking seasoned pro at this stuff. Watching the way that she understands the vicissitudes of the cycle, and she just keeps making her work—that's just really impressive to me."
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.