Taylor Swift just dropped her music video for "You Need to Calm Down," and it's dripping in gay culture.
Love her or hate her, the artist has been a mainstay of the pop music sphere for nearly a decade. Her previous work revealed intimate details about her personal life, her feuds and friendships, and her romantic relationships, of course. However, in the past she has kept her political views to herself, but with the release of her seventh album, Lovers, that quiet mentality is over.
Swift's loud and proud message about gay rights is honorable if it's genuine, but some people are questioning whether or not it's performative. It doesn't help the 29-year-old's case that she has a history of playing the victim and taking attention away from the people she's trying to help.
Her latest music video for the new single from her Lovers album features countless gay icons and celebrities.
From the Fab Five to Ellen DeGeneres to Billy Porter to Laverne Cox, the video was spilling over with gay icons. Not to mention the rainbow-glitter-filled trailer park that Swift created was highly symbolic of Pride Month and LGBTQ rights.
The artist's song gives a nod to LGBTQ activist organization GLAAD and calls out bullies who shade people on the internet for being themselves. While the message is supportive of the queer community, some felt that Swift centered Pride Month and the gay rights movement around herself.
Swift made a surprise appearance at the historic Stonewall Inn during the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.
Modern Family actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson emceed the event in New York City and surprised guests with Swift's appearance.
"I’m so happy I don’t have to keep this secret any longer. Look who came to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Stonewall at the Stonewall Inn. @taylorswift13, you are a gem. Thank you for everything you do for the LGBTQ community. We <3 you!" Ferguson shared in a tweet.
Ahead of her album's release and the drop of her new single, it seemed like a convenient moment for publicity. But she didn't perform her new song, as the appearance wasn't to promote her new music. Instead, she opted for Ferguson's favorite, "Shake It Off."