Has it really only been a few days since Taylor Swift unleaded her "You Need to Calm Down" video upon the world? Honestly, between the tweets and the thinkpieces, it feels like a month. As you may have heard, some people are not very happy about the video's heavy-handed message of allyship. Some feel that it's too little, too late, some think it's pandering. Others point out that Swift's "keep calm and carry on" message is at odds with a movement that started with a riot. Queers don't have the privilege to "calm down" and know it will all be ok, that's for white cishetero pop stars.
But no matter how you feel about it, you have to give props where they are due. Swift did cast her music video entirely with queer people (well, besides Ryan Reynolds and Ciara), using her platform to give them each approximately three seconds of screen time. In a new, behind the scenes video, Swift gives fans a look at the filming of the pop star drag pageant, where of our favorite queens do their best Ariana Grande (Tatianna), Lady Gaga (Trinity the Tuck), Adele (Delta Work), Katy Perry (Adore Delano), Beyonce (Riley Knoxx), Nicki Minaj (A'keria Chanel Davenport), and Swift herself (Jade Jolie).
In the behind the scenes video, Swift brings fans backstage as the queens get ready and surprises Todrick Hall with the news that he'll be her co-executive producer on the video. "This is the sweetest thing you've ever done, Hall says to the camera after the "prom-posal" moment. "You always outdo yourself as a friend." And as an ally, don't forget that.