Is it very brave to champion one of the loudest causes in the nation? Not really. Brave is championing a cause when it isn't in favor. And that's what Taylor Swift did not do, say critics of her latest music video, "You Need to Calm Down."
Hailed as one of her loudest political moves yet, Swift's song takes aim at LGBT detractors (namely, Christians) and champions the cause of "equality" for the LGBT community. Equality, in this instance, refers to the Equality Act which would favor transgenders' feelings and privileges over national safety (men in women's bathrooms, for example) and homeland security (allowing the military to be an experimental facility for transgenderism).
"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 Swift's video. "Please sign my petition for Senate support of the Equality Act on Change.org."
The video showcases many LGBTQ celebrities, including Ellen DeGeneres, Billy Porter, RuPaul, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Adam Lambert, Todrick Hall, Hayley Kiyoko, Adam Rippon, Chester Lockhart, Dexter Mayfield, Hannah Hart, Antoni Porowski, Jonathan Van Ness and Tan France to name a few.
One shot shows Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Justin Mikita getting married (by Ciara); another shows Ellen DeGeneres getting a “Cruel Summer” tattoo. Critics call it "campy," but that's the most benign critique. Others, like commentators for the New York Times, say Swift's late appearance to the metaphorical Pride Parade is opportunistic and fake.
"But there’s also something either tired, tardy or tidily opportunistic about this video," said the Times critique, entitled "For Taylor Swift, Is Ego Stronger Than Pride?" "It’s shown up at a moment when corporations are spending June bleeding the colors of the rainbow flag, when store windows announce that all orientations are welcome, when the avatar for your pending Uber has turned gay. I don’t doubt the core sincerity or commercial power of any of this," condemns the Times writer.
Some of Swift's lyrics include direct shots at anyone who opposes gay marriage or the LGBT agenda. “And control your urges to scream about all the people you hate, ’cause shade never made anybody less gay.” The LGBTQ community’s opposers, Swift sang, “would rather be in the dark ages.”
The video also portrays anyone who isn't wildly celebratory of gays and transgenders as rednecks. One shot shows some purposefully foolish-looking Americans protesting with signs like "Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve."
The idea is to intimidate Christians and look good in front of her liberal peers. Many criticized Swift for staying silent on LGBT issues while her other contemporaries, like Lady Gaga and Katy Perry, were very vocal early on.
"But when it comes to making public statements in support of these issues, Taylor waited a relatively long time: until after Katy Perry, after Lady Gaga, after Kacey Musgraves. Presumptions of her progressivism notwithstanding, in a time when speaking out has become a critical component of celebrity, the silence was extremely loud," said the Times.
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