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Taylor Swift 'You Need To Calm Down' by Drew Kirsch & Taylor Swift

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.

David Knight - 20th June 2019


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Drew Kirsch
Taylor Swift
Tara Razavi
Fuliane Petikyan
Production Company
Happy Place
Executive Producer
Todrick Hall
Executive Producer
Taylor Swift


Director of Photography
Pau Castejón Úbeda


Ricky Gausis
Grading company

David Knight - 20th June 2019

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