Remember when Shania Twain sang, “I ain’t gonna act politically correct / I only want to have a good time,” and we were all like “OMG so fun, you do you Shania?” We should not have enabled her.
Just days after appearing as a guest judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race, Shania Twain took whatever goodwill she’d earned from the queer community and stomped it to bits by coming out as a Trump supporter in The Guardian.
“I would have voted for [Trump] because, even though he was offensive, he seemed honest,” she told the publication. “Do you want straight or polite?”
Unsurprisingly, Twain’s fans stormed the Internet to point out that Trump was not, and had never been, honest. Ever. And that many people who might have voted for him are now having second thoughts. And that perhaps a multimillionaire Canadian living in Switzerland who built a career on merely pretending to be American shouldn’t weigh in on the 2016 election.
Suddenly, Twain’s overwhelming lack of energy during her stint on Drag Race seemed less like a symptom of her having an off day and more like a symptom of her not wanting to be there. Perhaps she’d showed up thinking she’d see an actual drag race.
In any case, Twain quickly realized she’d made a grave error and backtracked on her Trump support:
“I would like to apologize to anybody I have offended in a recent interview with the Guardian relating to the American President,” she tweeted yesterday. “The question caught me off guard … I do not hold any common moral beliefs with the current President. I was trying to explain … that my limited understanding was that the President talked to a portion of America like an accessible person.”
Hmm, last time we checked, the majority of Americans didn’t identify with people who mock differently-abled humans or threaten murder upon every woman they’re competing with. More likely, this “apology” was probably just Shania pandering to her white, male Trump supporter base in an attempt to sell more copies of NOW. Bye gurl.