David Knight - 20th June 2019

Dashing the hopes of alt-righters everywhere that she's their secret queen, Taylor nails her colours to the mast and embraces the LGBTQ community, in the video for You Need To Calm Down. 

It's a cameo-packed fantasy trailer-park world, with appearances by Laverne Cox, the “fab five” from Queer Eye, Billy Porter, Adam Rippon, some drag queens from RuPaul’s Drag Race (including a Taylor lookalike) and RuPaul himself. And then there's the appearance of Katy Perry, as a burger to Taylor's fries - an orchestrated demonstration that their, er, 'beef' is now a thing of the past. Maccie Ds must be absolutely delighted.

There's also the characterisation of a homophobic demonstrators as a rabble of toothless rednecks - which is fun, but is it helpful? At least one commentator thinks otherwise

This is also the Taylor's first video where she claims a co-directing credit - together with Drew Kirsch, who's super-colourful style has graced videos for the likes of Jai Wolf, John Legend, Valentino Khan and others.


DirectorDrew Kirsch
DirectorTaylor Swift
ProducerTara Razavi
ProducerFuliane Petikyan
Production CompanyHappy Place
Executive ProducerTodrick Hall
Executive ProducerTaylor Swift
Director of PhotographyPau Castejón Úbeda
ColouristRicky Gausis
Grading companyMPC

David Knight - 20th June 2019

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