Taylor Swift just dropped her new music video today (17 June) for You Need To Calm Down and it seems nobody is remaining calm about it.
That’s because the video is literally chock-a-block with dozens of fiercely queer and fabulous celebrities.
It comes after days of promoting the song on her Instagram with macro pics of pastel pink sprinkles, rainbows, tattoos, crowns, and teas, alongside tweets simply reading: ‘Gxgjxkhdkdkydkhdkhfjvjfj.’
Who’s in the video?
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 Porowski, Jonathan Van Ness, and Tan France are just the start of it.
Rallying the nearest and dearest to her, Swift previously released the tune from her forthcoming album, Lover, on 14 June.
My friend @taylorswift13 asked me to be in her new music video for her song “You Need To Calm Down”. I simply can’t calm down with excitement until we all watch its premiere tomorrow Monday June 17th at 8:15AM EST on @GMA and 7:00AM EST on @YouTube. #taylorswift pic.twitter.com/NBiCuiYZAG
— Billy Porter (@theebillyporter) June 17, 2019
The song throws its support behind the LGBTI community and GLAAD in a dazzling music video full of paddling pools, blender-made smoothies, and more.
With cotton candy synth beats and chant-able refrains, the song pulls references from LGBTI culture, from shade to GLAAD.
Moreover, the song’s release comes after Swift recently penned an open letter to Republican state senator Lamar Alexander about Tennessee’s Equality Act.
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She openly encouraged him to support the bill: ‘While we have so much to celebrate, we also have a great distance to go before everyone in this country is truly treated equally.’
The wide-ranging bill is designed by lawmakers as a blanket-ban on discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation.
Swift also made a surprise appearance at the Stonewall Inn in New York City. The watering hole was holding an event celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall riots.
Her new album, Lover, will come out 23 August. In the meantime, keep calm.