Taylor Swift is set to make social change with her latest release ‘You Need to Calm Down.’
The track which released yesterday (18.06.2019) has already garnered 15M views in just 16 hours after its release. And the track’s success is in part due to the many celebrities who make a cameo in the entertaining 3: 30-minute video. The biggest takeaway from the track is its meaningful message that strikes a chord with the LGBTQI community. Released right in the middle of Pride Month,(a month set aside in celebration of the LGBTQI community) the track hopes to increase momentum for the legislation in favor of the Equality Act.
In the end credits of the track, Swift makes a plea for equality. It is written, “Let us show our pride by demanding that, on national levels, our laws truly treat all of our citizens equally. Please sign my petition for Senate support for the Equality Act on change.org. ”
And as earlier reported by The Sauce, Swift promised there would be many celebs who would appear in the video. The ‘You Need To Calm Down’ lyric video has already garnered over 12 million views since its release four days ago.
The visuals were directed by Drew Kirsch & Taylor Swift, and feature a light-hearted and fun theme, that contrasts the serious subject it hopes to communicate. Some of the big names appearing in the video include: A’keria Davenport, Adam Lambert, Adam Rippon, Adore Delano, culture-maker Billy Porter, television host Ellen Degeneres, Modern Family star Tyler Ferguson, as well as Netflix ‘Queer Eye’ hosts Antoni Porowski, Jonathan Van Ness, Karamo Brown, Bobby Berk and Tan France . ‘Orange Is The New Black’ breakout star Laverne Cox as well as television legend Rupaul, Rupaul Drag Race 2016 contestant Trinity K. Bonet and ‘Deadpool’ lead Ryan Reynolds also made a cameo. And Taylor Swift closed out the video side by side with her former foe and now new friend Katy Perry.
Speaking about their relationship, Taylor Swift says she and Katy Perry wanted to make sure things were “solid” between them before letting the public know they were on “good terms” again. The two pop superstars were believed to have fallen out after Katy took three of Taylor’s backing dancers for her ‘California Dreams’ world tour before her ‘Red Tour’ had finished in 2013 as reported on The Sauce.
The pair then traded verbal blows on Taylor’s track ‘Bad Blood’ and Katy’s song ‘Swish Swish’ but now they have put their feud behind them.
Taylor, 29, has opened up about their reconciliation for the first time and revealed they have been close again since Katy sent an actual olive branch to her as a sign of peace on her ‘Reputation’ tour last year, and how she feels “lighter about life” again now they have ended their feud.
Speaking to Capital’s Rob Howard – in for Roman Kemp, Vick Hope & Sonny Jay who is on holiday this week – on Capital Breakfast, Taylor spilled: “She and I have really been on good terms for a while.
“She sent me a really nice note and an olive branch to the – like an actual olive branch – to my tour when it started, the ‘Reputation’ stadium tour, a while ago. From that point on, we’ve been on good terms. Then we saw each other at a party and walked up to each other and hugged it out and talked about things, and then we saw each other again and hung out at another party and it was just like something felt so much lighter about my life when things became really good between us.”
“And, you know, she and I have been fine for a while and really on good terms but we didn’t know if we were ever gonna really tell people about it.”
“We wanted to make sure that was solid between us before we ever made the public aware.”
Both singers shared stills of the moment on-set of the ‘You Need to Calm Down’ on their Instagram accounts, with the ‘ME!’ hitmaker captioning the post: “Happy meal” while Katy wrote: “This meal is BEEF-free”
On Friday(14.06.2019), Taylor gave a surprise performance at the Stonewall Inn in New York City and wished the crowd at the site of the LGBTQ rights landmark a happy Pride Month. The Greenwich Village spot was holding an event celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall uprising, which was a catalyst for the gay rights movement.