(Photo Credits: Screengrab from Taylor Swift’s YouTube Account)
Hey, guys! Did you watch Taylor Swift’s new music video for “You Need to Calm Down” already?
CNN described Taylor’s new single as “a pop anthem for equality and understanding” and “her most political move yet.” For not only did she drop the single amidst Pride Month, she also said at the end of the video, “Let’s show our pride by demanding that, on a national level, our laws truly treat all our citizens equally.” In addition, she requested fans to, “Please sign my petition for Senate support of the Equality Act on Change.org.” More importantly, a part of her new song reads:
You are somebody that we don’t know/But you’re comin’ at my friends like a missile/Why are you mad when you could be GLAAD? (You could be GLAAD)/Sunshine on the street at the parade/But you would rather be in the dark ages/Makin’ that sign must’ve taken all night
The song is actually a call to stop homophobia and bullying online and well, offline, especially during Pride parades. Taylor Swift herself said in an interview that the song is for “different people in our society who put so much energy and effort into negativity.”
“I’ve observed a lot of different people in our society who put so much energy and effort into negativity and it made me feel like, ‘you need to just calm down.’” Brand new @taylorswift13 is here. Check out #YouNeedToCalmDown: https://t.co/kskhSmhLrq #Lover pic.twitter.com/Nt4NboVR7q— Beats 1 (@Beats1) June 14, 2019
The video also features a lot of LGBTQ icons such as:
- Ellen DeGeneres
- Katy Perry (dressed in a cheeseburger costume)
- Laverne Cox
- Adam Lambert
- Dexter Mayfield
- The Queer Eye cast (Tan Frances, Karamo Brown, Jonathan Van Ness, Antoni Porowski, Bobby Berk)
- Ryan Reynolds
- Hayley Kiyoko
- Chester Lockhart
- Todrick Hall
- Adam Rippon
- Billy Porter
- Hanna Hart
- Jesse Tyler Ferguson and his husband Justin Mikita.
Check out what the fans are saying about You Need to Calm Down online:
There are so many amazing moments in #TaylorSwift‘s #YouNeedToCalmDown video, but this is my favorite! Thank you #BillyPorter for all that you are and for being you!!!!!!!!!!!! #PoseFX https://t.co/pECBycywVE pic.twitter.com/CZpVPZ7GpK— Anthony Peoples (@PeoplesAnthony) June 17, 2019
You Need to Calm Down is the second single from Taylor Swift’s upcoming seventh studio album called Lover due for release on August 23 via Republic Records.