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Taylor Swift’s newest LGBTQ hymn: preach or reach?

The singer’s brand new video is all about paying homage to LGBTQ culture, but it also raised a harsh wave of criticism

By Alessandra Nava

Taylor Swift recently dropped her brand new single “You Need To Calm Down”, which anticipates her album “Lover”, dropping in August. The singer payed homage to the LGBTQ community by confectioning a short story about freedom of expression and the joie de vivre of diversity. The video features loads of iconic personalities from the rainbowy gay community, including a living legend like RuPaul, but also Ellen DeGeneres, Katy Perry and Ryan Reynolds.

 
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The video was also the target of harsh criticism. Taylor’s huge fandom couldn’t help but love her video, while the general audience turned out pretty skeptical. Taylor is alleged to be strumentalizing the queer culture, during the Pride Month of course, in order to capitalize. At the end of the video she asks to sign the Equal Act petition she recently launched. A noble gesture for sure, but many noticed that the petition’s link does not appear in the infobox, replaced by many other ones that redirect the viewer to the singer’s e-shop.
 
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Magazines and newspapers such as The New York Times and The Atlantic devoted more than a few words to this phenomenon, which has more socio-political implications than what it might seem. Meanwhile, Beyoncé’s fandom criticized Taylor for copying their beloved’s “Party” video’s storyline and concept.
 
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This is not the first time Taylor does something controversial. She was the one who protested against streaming platforms, asking to be paid for her job and refusing to accept a ruthless market where her music was going to be underestimated. But people have to acknowledge that at least she made an effort to talk about serious problems such as discrimination and disparity, and dared to make fun of narrow-minded people and celebrate love in all its expressions.
 
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