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Katy Perry appears in new Taylor Swift video

By | Published on Tuesday 18 June 2019

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Taylor Swift has released the video for that new single ‘You Need To Calm Down’. It features loads of people. Absolutely loads.

Look, here’s a list: Adam Lambert, Adam Rippon, Adore Delano, A’keria Chanel Davenport, Antoni Porowski, Billy Porter, Bobby Berk, Chester Lockhart, Ciara, Delta Work, Dexter Mayfield, Ellen DeGeneres, Hannah Hart, Hayley Kiyoko, Jade Jolie, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Jonathan Van Ness, Justin Mikita, Laverne Cox, Karamo Brown, Riley Knoxx, RuPaul, Ryan Reynolds, Tan France, Tatianna, Trinity K. Bonet, Trinity The Tuck and Todrick Hall.

The only thing anyone’s talking about though is that Katy Perry is in it. As in mortal enemy of Taylor Swift, Katy Perry. Actually, their beef was officially declared over last year, after various efforts by Perry to bury the hatchet. But now the truce has been used for promotional purposes, which is the only way to make sure that everyone involved means it.

Perry recently posted a picture of some cookies with “peace at last” iced on the plate, tagging Swift into the caption. Fans immediately took this to mean that they had collaborated in some way. And they had. Well done, fans.

Will Perry feature further on Swift’s new album? We just don’t know. But this lack of information provides me with the perfect segue into telling you that the new Taylor Swift album, ‘Lover’, will be out on 23 Aug. Consider yourself in the know.

Actually, there’s more to this than just Perry and Swift making up. Swift has an actual cause she wants to promote, which she’s now overshadowed with the Perry thing somewhat. In keeping with themes in the song and the wider video, Swift has launched a petition calling on US senators to support the Equality Act.

Recently passed by the House Of Representatives, the act would provide legal protection for LGBTQ+ people against discrimination across America. Because apparently that doesn’t already exist in the US. To become actual law, it still needs to get through the Senate.

“Our country’s lack of protection for its own citizens ensures that LGBTQ people must live in fear that their lives could be turned upside down by an employer or landlord who is homophobic or transphobic”, says Swift. “The fact that, legally, some people are completely at the mercy of the hatred and bigotry of others is disgusting and unacceptable. Let’s show our pride by demanding that, on a national level, our laws truly treat all of our citizens equally”.

You can sign the petition here.

And once you’ve done that, watch this bloody video so that you can form an opinion on it and tell everyone about it: