Whatever you think of her music, Taylor Swift continues to demonstrate that she’s actually a cool human being. The 22-year-old country singer, who has previously donated $4 million to set up a music center and taken cancer patients out on dates, will wear the dog tags of a Marine killed in Afghanistan in her next music video.
U.S. soldier Sergeant Wade Wilson was killed in action earlier this month, and was the subject of an emotional video from fellow Marine and best friend Corporal Josh Marreel.
Marreel stepped in front of his camera to address Taylor Swift directly, asking if she would publicly acknowledge the 22-year-old Wilson, who was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment at Camp Pendleton. In his clip, uploaded on May 15, 2012, Marreel said:
“This is a shout out to the one and only Taylor Swift. I know you have no idea who I am, but this video isn’t about me. This is about my good buddy, Sergeant Wade D. Wilson, who was killed in action Friday, May 11, 2012 in Afghanistan. Anybody that knew Willy knew that he worshipped you. He even slept with a poster of you in between our beds in Afghanistan. This guy was my best friend. I know a lot of people get on here and ask celebrities to go to dances with them … All I’m asking is for you to think about him.”
Swift promptly sent flowers to Sergeant Wade’s family, before ringing them personally to offer her condolences. During the phonecall, the singer asked if she could honor the fallen Marine by wearing his tags in the video for her next single.
The family agreed, so expect to see the nice girl of country pop rocking the tags soon. Fine gesture, Ms. Swift.