Taylor Swift’s Calm Down: every single celebrity cameo in the politically-charged music video

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Taylor Swift’s refreshing punch of politically-infused music has called for the world to calm down – and we need it.

Smack bang in the middle of Pride Month, and on the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, Taylor Swift launched a new music video for her song ‘You Need to Calm Down’.

And the video, which premiered via ABC’s Good Morning America on Monday 17 June, is every inch the OTT masterpiece that Swift fans everywhere were hoping for.

Even better? It’s a politically-charged extravaganza, too.

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That’s right: Swift has, in a bid to raise support for LGBTQ+ rights, used her song to tell everyone to “calm down” and mind their own business.

“I ain’t tryna mess with your self-expression, but I’ve learned a lesson that stressin’ and obsessin’ ‘bout somebody else is no fun,” she sings in the video.

Later, Swift adds: “Control your urges to scream about all the people you hate, ‘cause shade never made anybody less gay.”

Swift’s song also references GLAAD, the LGBTQ+ media monitoring organisation (“why you mad when you could be GLAAD?”), and urges fans to sign her petition in support of the Equality Act.

“Let’s show our pride by demanding that, on a national level, our laws truly treat all of our citizens equally,” an on-screen message reads.

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The call for equality follows Swift’s donation of £86,000 ($113,000) to the Tennessee Equality Project to support LGBTQ+ equality rights.

And the video (which Swift herself produced and directed alongside Drew Kirsch and Todrick Hall) features numerous celebrities who identify as LGBTQ, including Ellen DeGeneres, Billy Porter, RuPaul, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Adam Lambert, Hayley Kiyoko, Adam Rippon, Chester Lockhart, Dexter Mayfield, Hannah Hart, Antoni Porowski, Jonathan Van Ness and Tan France to name a few.

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The Queer Eye Cast

Queer Eye stars Bobby Berk, Antoni Porowski, Karamo Brown and Jonathan Van Ness are featured in the music video drinking tea with Todrick Hall and T-Swift, no shade.  

Tan France appears separately in the video, guzzling tea directly from the spout of a teapot.

Laverne Cox

Orange Is The New Black actor and trans-advocate, Laverne Cox struts in the video in a pink-sequin gown, watering flamingos.  

Ellen DeGeneres and Adam Lambert

Current lead-singer for Queen, Adam Lambert, can be seen tattooing the phrase ‘Cruel Summer’ on the wrist of a grimacing Ellen DeGeneres.

Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Justin Mikita and Ciara

Modern Family actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson and his real-life husband, Justin Mikita, are seen standing at a wedding altar in matching blue suits. And yeah, singer Ciara is their officiant.

RuPaul and a fine selection of his Drag Race contestants

Adore Delano, Trinity The Tuck, Tatianna, A’keria C. Davenport, Trinity K. Bonet, Delta Work and Jade Jolie stand on a red stage, watching as RuPaul carries a crown towards them. 

Billy Porter

Tony winner and Pose star Billy Porter can walking down a trailer park runway in front of protesting homophobes.

In the background, Swift sings: “Like, can you just not step on his gown? You need to calm down.” 

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Adam Rippon

American figure skater Adam Rippon makes a cameo, giving out sno-cones to his fellow ‘You Need To Calm Down’ stars. 

Ryan Reynolds

The Deadpool star can be found painting the Stonewall Inn, brush in mouth and a thoughtful expression on his face.

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Hailey Kiyoko

The singer and songwriter can be seen “shooting down homophobia with an arrow”.

Todrick Hall 

As mentioned earlier, Todrick Hall (aka the co-director of this music video) makes an appearance. You can spot him walking the catwalk with Taylor Swift, and feeding cake to a beaming Jonathan Van Ness. 

Dexter Mayfield

The dancer and plus-size model is seen in a rainbow-striped outfit fiercely dancing to the song.  

Katy Perry

They officially ended their feud last week, but Perry and Swift decided to hug things out on camera. 

Speaking in an interview with Greg James that airs on the Radio 1 Breakfast Show on Tuesday morning, Swift says the process of making up with Perry has been “a positive turn” in her life.

“I asked her if she’d be interested in this and Katy said, ‘I’d love for us to be a symbol of redemption and forgiveness’.

“I feel the same way about it.”

Following the video’s premiere, the pair shared screenshots of their hug moment on social media.

Perry wrote “This meal is BEEF-free” in her caption, while Swift wrote “A happy meal”.

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‘You Need To Calm Down’ will be featured in Taylor Swift’s 7th studio album, ‘Lover’, which is out on the 23 August. 

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