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Taylor Swift – You Need To Calm Down

Written by on June 29, 2019

Released in the middle of Pride month, Taylor Swift’s cameo-crammed video for ‘You Need To Calm Down’ comes straight from her new record’s bright-hued universe. As with her previous single ‘ME!’ this is a fantastical, colorful celebration of shaking off the snakes and being yourself regardless; this next video focuses on the LGBT+ community.

In the visual for ‘You Need To Calm Down’ the pop star prances around a sort of rainbow-blasted gay utopia where it appears to be a legal obligation to dress like a character from a John Waters film. In this magical and glittering clutch of gaudy caravans, Swifty sips tea with the Queer Eye boys, resplendent in their neckerchiefs. A mesh-shirted Chester Lockhart swoons as Orange is the New Black star Laverne Cox waters a fake-turf garden crammed with plastic flamingos. A troupe of drag queens – depicting everyone from Cardi B and Beyonce, to Taylor Swift herself – compete in a Pop Queen Pageant, before RuPaul awards them all with a jeweled crown by tossing it democratically into the air. The Olympic athlete Adam Rippon hands out snow-cones with a grin and Ciara officiates a wedding between Modern Family star Jesse Tyler Ferguson and his IRL husband, the actor, and producer Justin Mikita. The only way the whole thing could be gayer is if Cher rocked up and started warbling ‘Believe’ while riding a unicorn; and lo and behold, the video even starts with her famous quote: “Mom, I am a rich man.”

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