As the fourteenth track on the album, Swift wrote and produced the song with Joel Little , who also co-wrote and co-produced her previous single " Me! The music video was released on June 17, featuring an ensemble cast , directed by Swift and Drew Kirsch, and executive-produced by Swift and Todrick Hall. It debuted at the second spot on the Billboard Hot , becoming the second consecutive top-two single from Lover , thus tying Swift with Madonna for the most number-two hits in the chart's history; it is also Swift's record-extending sixteenth top-ten debut on the chart. On August 20, , a Clean Bandit remix of the song was released. The first verse is about trolls and cancel culture. The second verse is about homophobes and the people picketing outside our concerts. The third verse is about successful women being pitted against each other.
She’s using Pride as a fashion statement or marketing ploy
She's queerbaiting fans
And 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 And snakes and stones never broke my bones. So oh-oh, oh-oh, oh-oh, oh-oh, oh-oh You need to calm down You're being too loud And I'm just like oh-oh, oh-oh, oh-oh, oh-oh, oh-oh oh You need to just stop Like can you just not step on my gown? You need to calm down. You just need to take several seats And then try to restore the peace And control your urges to scream About all the people you hate 'Cause shade never made anybody less gay.
Also as promised, the literally sugar-sweet video plenty of cake is filled with celebrity cameos from the likes of Katy Perry , Laverne Cox , RuPaul , Ryan Reynolds and the guys of Queer Eye , all of whom are having a blast in a rainbow-hued, idyllic trailer park. Here are the many Taylor Swift easter eggs — both within the Swift universe and to pop and celebrity culture more broadly — that the video, co-directed by Drew Kirsch and Swift herself, contains. At the beginning of the video, Swift is at home in a trailer decorated lavishly in bubblegum style. Pretty much everyone knows Swift is a cat lover. The ink depicts a snake in the middle of her back, which expands up into a cloud of butterflies that reach to her shoulders. Swift also spends some time in the video lounging in a pool float in the middle of a perfectly circular and fairly luxe kiddie pool. The scene has strains the arty pool photos that have become popular in the past few years, thanks to drone photography. Who could ever leave me darling?
With this many fabulous celebrity cameos in one music video, how can anyone be expected to calm the hell down, Miss Taylor Swift? With Monday's release of the visual for the second single from the singer's upcoming seventh studio album Lover out Aug. Near the end of the video, Perry rocks a cheeseburger costume similar to the one Jennifer Lopez witnessed her stepping into in the bathroom at the Met Gala as a lonely slab of cooked cow searching for the perfect partner amid a messy food fight spoiler: Taylor Swift plays the side of fries that joins her to complete the adorable happy meal. The American Idol alums Lambert finished in second place on season 8, DeGeneres was a judge on season 9 united for a small scene involving the openly gay pop star tattooing the comedienne and talk show host's forearm inside a trailer. Never a drag, always a queen, the Emmy-winning RuPaul's Drag Race host and new talk show star sashayed onto the "Calm Down" set to bestow a crown upon Pose actor and fashion disruptor Billy Porter struts in front of a line of anti-gay protestors. Longtime Taylor Swift collaborator, recording artist, and RuPaul's Drag Race choreographer Todrick Hall accompanies his pop star pal in several parts of the colorful video. Actor, dancer, and recording artist Chester Lockhart faints after witnessing Laverne Cox's beauty. France's Queer Eye pals also appear in the clip, including Antoni Porowski munching on a cookie