Taylor Swift’s new MV is queerer than ever

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Ellen DeGeneres, Hayley Kiyoko, RuPaul, Dexter Mayfield, Billy Porter, Laverne Cox, Adam Lambert, Todrick Hall (who, by the way, co-created the video) and the Queer Eye Fab Five are only a part of the rainbow community representatives who made cameos in the video for Taylor Swift’s chart-breaking gay anthem You Need To Calm Down. The video is set in a rainbow trailer park and features anti-LGBT+ protesters holding misspelled placards with homophobic slogans. Love is better than hate, Taylor shows in the video, and not only with the lyrics of the song, but with sharing a hug with a giant burger – meaning her longtime public enemy Katy Perry, with whom she made up recently, rebuilding their friendly relationships from an empty sheet. There are lots of queer references throughout, from a Cher quote in a painting to Ryan Reynolds painting New York’s Stonewall Inn, as a symbol of LGBT rights movement. “Let’s show our pride by demanding that, on a national level, our laws truly treat all of our citizens equally. Please sign my petition for Senate support of the Equality Act on change.org,” it was written on the pink background at the very end of the video.

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