September 16, 2020
Taylor Swift is back again and this time, stronger than ever!. Labelled as the new anthem of the LGBT, Taylor Swift’s “You Need To Calm Down” voices out about a multitude of current social issues in the world. Alongside its pop beat, it’s bright colours stands a large star-clad music video.
The song includes Ellen DeGeneres, Ryan Reynolds, Bobby Berk, Billy Porter, Ciara, Adam Lambert, Hayley Kiyoko, Hannah Hart amongst a few. They seem to appear as friendly neighbourhood residents in the bright candy coloured trailer park. Performers dressed as Ariana Grande, Beyonce, Gwen Stefani and Adele are all queens according to RuPaul, who also makes an appearance, but as a beauty pageant judge (of course!)
But that’s not what has captured the hearts of the public. The lyrics of the song and multiple easter eggs are what has captured the hearts of multiple people – even non-fans. One of the sentences that scream towards homophobes is “And control your urges to scream about all the people you hate/ ‘Cause shade never made anybody less gay.”
The video showcases multiple faces of the LGBT community including allies, clad in bright colours, enjoying their time. There are gay weddings, tea parties, transgender pageants and food fights. All which occurs while the boundaries of the neighbourhood witness protestors. They seem to be holding boards that say “Adam + Even not Adam + Steve” and the likes.
In a lyric video for the single, she also makes another allusion to LGBTQ rights in a separate line. “Why are you mad? / When you could be GLAAD.”
While that sounds like the word “glad” on the radio, the spelling and all caps clearly show support for the pro-representation organization GLAAD. Originally named the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. The group has gone simply by the acronym GLAAD since March 2013.
Much of the song goes after online chauvinism and the tendency for media to pit successful women against one another. Certainly, Swift has found herself at the centre of such controversies before. And the single notably drops at the same time as a public conciliation with Katy Perry.
The feud started years ago when Swift’s touring dancers bailed and went for Katy’s Show in 2013. Taylor Swift seemingly expressed her “Bad Blood” with the pop star with the single of the same name. Katy Perry’s “Swish Swish” is considered to be a rebuttal of the same.
The video ends with a solid pink screen with the word “Let’s show our pride by demanding that, on a national level, our laws truly treat all of our citizens equally. Please sign my petition for Senate support of the Equality Act on change.org”
You can sign the petition here.
Here’s what fans had to say:
— Alex Goldschmidt (@alexandergold) June 17, 2019
— william loves taylor 🦋 (@lgbttswift) June 17, 2019
— Jarett Wieselman (@JarettSays) June 17, 2019
Ah, what a time to be alive!
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