Taylor Swift‘s “You Need To Calm Down” single is a more wholesome version of her previous hit, “Better Than Revenge.” It’s like the mature, older sister who learned not everything is about forlorn relationships and girl fights.
The music video for the track features a star-studded cast all dressed in a plethora of colors. Celebrities like Ellen DeGeneres, Ryan Reynolds, Hayley Kiyoko, Billy Porter, Adam Lambert, Laverne Cox, Ciara, Adam Rippon, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, RuPaul, the cast of Queer Eye and even Swift’s infamous “rival” Katy Perry made cameos. The pop star’s feud with Perry became a very publicized topic after the release of Swift’s single “Bad Blood,” which was notoriously directed towards the “Roar” singer.
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OKAY SO the YNTCD video is officially out!! First things first, I want to say that my co-stars in this video are AMAZING. Please celebrate this video by supporting their work, following them, and going to see them perform. I’m SO grateful to everyone who lent their time to this video and SO EXCITED I ACTUALLY DO NEED TO CALM DOWN. 🍹 #YNTCDmusicvideo
Just like everything Swift does, the video is outrageous with an underlying message. One particular scene includes drag queens portraying successful female artists. Among them are Beyoncé, Adele, Ariana Grande, Cardi B and Nicki Minaj, who are all being awarded a crown by RuPaul together. Of course, this only proves Swift’s lyrics to be correct: “We see you over there on the internet // Comparing all the girls who are killing it // But we figured you out // We all know now we all got crowns.”
While the video features a long list of celeb appearances, it also delves into the nature of hateful rhetoric surrounding the LGBTQ+ community and how sticking together as a community helps combat the comments. For emphasis, the video shows protesters yelling obscenities toward the candy-colored neighborhood while the LGBTQ+ community continues living vibrantly and carefree. It ends on a chaotic, but hopeful note with Perry and Swift officially ending their beef.
“You Need To Calm Down” incorporates many LGBTQ+ themes: numerous Pride flags and Ryan Reynolds painting the Stonewall Inn in New York City — a legendary gay bar and historic landmark that sparked the gay rights movement. The video is fun but also serves a great purpose: Swift urges viewers to sign her petition for Senate support of the Equality Act, saying, “Let’s show our pride by demanding that, on a national level, our laws truly treat all of our citizens equally.” For someone who was previously silent on a majority of social and political issues, this is a big statement for a star with Swift’s influence.
You can sign Taylor Swift’s petition for the Equality Act at Change.org.
Watch the video for “You Need To Calm Down” HERE:
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