We’ve entered a new era of Taylor Swift music. While, admittedly, I’m not a die-hard Swiftie. I will applaud her for trying to go for a more positivity, bubblegum image in this Lover era. (Listen, the past few years music has been pretty bleak. Rightly so, given the state of the world, I will take what I can get at this point.)
“You Need To Calm Down”, the second release off Swift’s upcoming Lover album, has been controversial to say the least. Swift uses the song to address the reams of Internet trolls to, rightly, calm the hell down. It may even be a message to herself and, well, the Reputation era of her career.
Some feel that her use of LGBT+ vernacular and the release during Pride Month is just a shameless calculation in order to boost her sales. Or the work of an ally being a little too cozy with the meaning of Pride. Maybe it is. But she’s also using it to voice support for the Equality Act, which would extend the Civil Rights Act to outlaw discrimination based on gender and sexual orientation.
In her video for the song, which was released today, she also spotlights LGBT+ actors, personalities, musicians, athletes. They all live in a cute little trailer park community with bright colors and a generally happy air, despite the protests. To be fair, I would love to see a sitcom based on this video with Laverne Cox as the former beauty queen who loves flamingos and cheerful tattoo artist Adam Lambert with the Fab 5 hosting tea parties and drag queens have daily contests where they all win. Plus there’s Hayley Kiyoko practicing archery, which is glorious and Billy Porter serving face as always. Alan Rippon serves sno-cones and Jesse Tyler Ferguson gets to marry his hubby again.
These are just the celebs I remember off the top of my head. PEOPLE has a complete list.
At the end, Taylor Swift and Katy Perry make amends.
It’s a bright and fun music video, check it out below. Also do sign a petition for the Equality Act HERE.
Lover will be released on August 23rd.