There’s no doubt that Taylor Swift has given us amazing music over the years. From ballads to anthems, ex-boyfriends to haters, Swift’s songs are relatable, detailed, and notorious for their ability to send you straight to your feels. With the announcement of her new album, Lover, Swift dropped her latest bop, ‘You Need to Calm Down’ just in time for Pride month. The anti-bullying, positivity-filled anthem sees Swift finally get political, and take a stance as an LGBTQ+ ally.
Her past album, Reputation, saw Swift build a wall between her and the press as she refused public appearances and interviews. Hence the iconic line, “There will be no explanation, there will just be Reputation.” With her past two releases, ‘ME!’ and ‘YNTCD,’ Swift has shown us she’s prepared to shed her snakeskin in the name of spreading self-love and acceptance.
As Cara Delevingne described, ‘YNTCD’ is “brilliant” and “incredible” but the star-studded music video is arguably even better. Tan France, the entire cast of Queer Eye, RuPaul, Ryan Renolds, Adam Levine, Hannah Hart, Hailey Kiyoko, actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson and his husband Justin Mikita, as well as dozens of other celebs appear in the video. Perhaps the most iconic appearance occurs at the end, when Swift’s ex “enemy,” Katy Perry squash their beef in duo burger and french fry costumes. Swift later documented the moment in an Instagram post with the caption, “A Happy Meal.” A true, “you belong with me,” (no pun intended) reunion.
Earlier this year, Swift announced that her new album has political undertones. Swift made this a reality with a call for action to sign her chnage.org petition, urging the senate to support The Equality Act. She also shouts out the LGBTQ+ media monitoring organization, GLAAD (formerly the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation), with the line, “Why are you mad when you could be GLAAD?”
The video also included a very political semblance of homophobic protestors holding misspelled signs and shouting at Swift’s very awesome squad. To that, Swift replies, “You just need to take several seats and then try to restore the peace / And control your urges to scream about all the people you hate / ‘Cause shade never made anybody less gay.” With that last line alone, it’s easy to rate her newest song a 10/10.
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