Taylor Swift has released the first video off her upcoming new album.
It features an endless array of celebrities, along with a progressive and important political message…
… but most folks are really just focused on the following screen capture from this footage.
That’s a photo of Swift and Katy Perry dressed up as an order of french fries and a hamburger, respectively.
The unexpected cameo by Perry in Swift’s music video for “You Need to Calm Down” comes days after Perry shared a photo online of a plate of cookies, which served as a symbol of peace between the long-time rivals.
It’s been widely presumed these two had beef because Swift believed many years ago that Katy stole some backup dancers from her tour.
Neither of these superstars ever confirmed this strong rumor, but Taylor wrote the single “Bad Blood” about Perry and Perry talked very openly over the years about how Swift tried to destroy her.
But those days are apparently in the past.
What has sent them to that place?
It would appear to be a common cause.
Both artists have been vocal supporters of the LGBTQ community and they share the screen in the video below, which debuted on Monday during Good Morning America and also during Pride Month.
The video and the song represent Swift’s strongest political statement to date, and it seems as if she and Perry have ended their feud in order to get on the same page with it.
“Let’s show our pride by demanding that, on a national level, our laws truly treat all our citizens equally,” reads an on-screen message at end of the video.
“Please sign my petition for Senate support of the Equality Act on Change.org.”
The Equality Act, if passed, would amend the Civil Rights Act to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.
Swift, who stunned attendees last Friday with a surprise performance at New York’s gay landmark Stonewall Inn, has released a vibrantly-colored video here.
It features appearance by:
Ellen Degeneres, Ryan Reynolds, Dexter Mayfield, Laverne Cox, Karamu Brown, Rupaul, Antoni Porowski, Jonathan Van Ness, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Justin Mikita, Bobby Berk, Tan France, Billy Porter, Adam Lambert, Todrick Hall, Hayley Kiyoko, Chester Lockhart and Adam Rippon.
Along with several others.
The track’s lyrics also make Swift’s intentions very clear. To wit:
“Why are you mad when you could be GLAAD?” she asks, echoing the last phrase for good measure.
“Sunshine on the street at the parade/But you would rather be in the dark ages/Makin’ that sign must’ve taken all night.”
Swift has become more vocal about her politics over the past year or so, likely as a response to Donald Trump’s election.
For the first time in her career, she endorsed not one but two political candidates, Tennessee Democrats Phil Bredesen and Jim Cooper, while they were running for the US Senate and House of Representatives in 2018.
We can’t help but wonder if she’ll make her voice heard in the next Presidential election as well.
Of course, now that her feud with Perry is over, only one question remains:
When can we expect her and Kim Kardashians to dress up like a couple of milkshakes and embrace on camera?
Never? Never, ever, ever, ever? Oh, okay then.
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