WATCH: For better or worse, Taylor Swift celebrates Pride in ‘You Need to Calm Down’ video
MANILA, Philippines – ICYMI, Taylor Swift released her music video for her new single “You Need to Calm Down” on June 17, and the whole thing is a rainbow-colored Pride-fest that features some of the most prominent LGBTQIA+ celebrities in the US.
There’s Ellen DeGeneres, RuPaul and a number of Drag Race queens, Queer Eye’s Fab 5, Modern Family actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Orange is The New Black actress Laverne Cox, Pose star Billy Porter, and a lot more.
Interestingly, part of the video also shows Taylor and former frenemy Katy Perry hugging each other while wearing burger and fries outfits.
When it comes down to it, Taylor did everything right – including ending the video with a call to sign a Change.org petition for Senate support of the Equality Act, and promoting the people who appeared in the video on Twitter.
Still, it’s hard to forget that at the center of the colorful Pride celebration that is the music video is a straight woman who seems to want to make it very clear to the world that she is, in fact, an LGBT ally.
Whether it’s a step towards empowerment or virtue signalling on Taylor’s part – or possibly both? – the video itself has been a massive success, counting over 14 million views on YouTube as of posting time. – Rappler.com