Earlier this week, pop star Taylor Swift dropped her newest single, “You Need to Calm Down,” a political song tackling anti-LGBTQ+ beliefs.
Directed by Swift and David Kirsch, the video coincided perfectly with Pride Month and several aspects of the music video nodding to LGBTQ equality. For example, the set was rainbow themed and several drag queens resembling famous musicians in a pageant line up on stage, such as Trinity the Tuck as Lady Gaga and Adore Delano as Katy Perry.
Swift also nods to music legend Cher with a painting on the wall reading, “Mom, I am a rich man.” During a 1996 interview with Jane Pauley, Cher recalled her mother telling her, “You know, sweetheart, one day you should settle down and marry a rich man,” to which she replied, “Mom, I am a rich man.”
Besides the beautiful and colorful trailer park this is set in, the video is studded with tons of well-known stars, most of which are part of the LGBTQ community. These celebrities include the cast of Netflix’s Queer Eye, Ryan Reynolds, Hannah Hart, Ellen DeGeneres, Hayley Kiyoko, RuPaul and Katy Perry.
Speaking of Katy Perry…her appearance at the end of “You Need to Calm Down” now publicizes the end of the long-time feud between her and Swift.
This song and her single from earlier this year, “ME!” featuring Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco will be two tracks on Swift’s upcoming album, “Lover.” The album is set to release August 23, 2019 and will have 18 songs.