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Taylor Swift video features Queer Eye cast, RuPaul and Ellen DeGeneres

Lily Wakefield June 17, 2019
Taylor Swift You need to calm down music video

Taylor Swift dropped her music video for "You Need to Calm Down" on June 17. (Vevo/ YouTube)

Taylor Swift dropped the music video for her pro-LGBT+ song “You Need to Calm Down” on Monday (June 17), and the queer celebrity cameos are endless.

Ellen DeGeneres, Hayley Kiyoko, RuPaul, Dexter Mayfield, Billy Porter, Laverne Cox, Adam Lambert, Todrick Hall and the Queer Eye Fab Five make appearances, among many more.

However, the moment surprising fans the most is when Katy Perry appears and the two singers hug, publicly ending their famous feud.

The video is set in a rainbow trailer park and features anti-LGBT+ protesters holding misspelled placards like “get a brain morans” and “homasekuality is sin.” The protesters are largely ignored by the stars in the video.

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There are lots of queer references throughout, from a Cher quote in a painting to Ryan Reynolds painting New York’s Stonewall Inn, where the Stonewall riots took place 50 years ago and where Swift gave a surprise performance on Friday June 14.

Ellen DeGeneres gets a tattoo of the words “cruel summer” in one scene, and some fans are speculating that it could be the name of Swift’s next song.

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Ellen DeGeneres gets a tattoo in Taylor Swift’s “You Need to Calm Down” music video. (Vevo/ YouTube)
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Ryan Reynolds paints a picture of the Stonewall Inn. (Vevo/ YouTube)

Fans have taken to social media to praise the video, its message and the variety of people from the LGBT+ community that it includes.

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Taylor Swift created a petition to support the Equality Act

Swift released “You Need to Calm Down” on Donald Trump’s 73rd birthday, and at the very end of the video is a pink screen with the words: “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.”

The petition created by the singer states: “Our country’s lack of protection for its own citizens ensures that LGBTQ people must live in fear that their lives could be turned upside down by an employer or landlord who is homophobic or transphobic.

“The fact that, legally, some people are completely at the mercy of the hatred and bigotry of others is disgusting and unacceptable.”

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