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Lady Bunny defends Taylor Swift after backlash from new song

Lady Bunny defends Taylor Swift after backlash from new song

Taylor Swift (left) and Lady Bunny (right)

Iconic American drag queen Lady Bunny has defended Taylor Swift after backlash to her new song.

The 56-year-old best friend of RuPaul took to Instagram to defend Swift’s latest hit, You Need to Calm Down.

‘I’m not a fan of Taylor Swift,’ she wrote in the caption of a photo of Taylor Swift. ‘Is she using gay causes to promote her new song? Sure, just like Born This Way, I Kissed A Girl and Madonna’s I Rise did.’

She then added: ‘My question is this: Regardless of why she’s doing it, has Taylor Swift done more for the gay community than most within that community? She donated $113,000.

‘We’re not all pop stars with that kind of money to donate, but did we give any to support our own causes? Love her music or hate it, Swift created a petition which has now been signed by several presidential candidates. Did you sign or create one? That’s free to do.

‘Taylor’s petition supports the Equality Act, which bans discrimination against LGBT people for housing and work. The act passed the House Of Representatives in May.

‘When I posted about it on Fecesbook (sic), my post got a couple likes. My next post, about a Florida man on meth having oral sex with an alligator, got dozens of likes and shares,’ Lady Bunny wrote.

Lady Bunny: ‘Taylor’s petition is a demand — where is yours?’

Lady Bunny then continued: ‘So despite what we may suspect is the reason Taylor is suddenly an ally, she’s doing more than most people in our community. Why does it take a pop star’s video to get us discussing our own rights?

‘Because gay media is so dumbed down? And is gay media dumbed down because they know what we clicked on before and are therefore just providing us with more polarizing celeb content? I’ve just looked at the homepage of several leading gay sites. Most articles are celebrity gossip.

‘Without Taylor, would most even know about the Equality Act? Are the gay celebrities in the video posting about it?

‘There is an election coming up. If we make no demands from politicians, then we get nothing from them even if they win with our support. They need our votes now, and if we pay so little attention to our rights that a pop video sparks the widest debate on it, then that screams to politicians “Ignore our community, since we barely even care about ourselves.”

‘Whether I like her music or not, Taylor’s petition is a demand. Where is yours?’ she wrote.


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At the time of writing, the post has more than 26,000 likes.

Taylor Swift released the music video for You Need to Calm Down on 17 June.

It features cameos from Ellen DeGeneres, Ryan Reynolds, Bobby Berk, Billy Porter, Ciara, RuPaul, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Justin Mikita, Adam Lambert, Todrick Hall, Hayley Kiyoko, Adam Rippon, Chester Lockhart, Dexter Mayfield, Hannah Hart, Antoni PorowskiJonathan Van Ness, and Tan France.

It also references LGBTI charity GLAAD, as well as uses the word ‘gay’.

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