Even if the LGBTQ+ community is being critical of Taylor Swift’s new video “You Need To Calm Down,” it seems celebrities like Ariana Grande and Cardi B. are loving it.
Swift released released the cameo-laden music video on Monday, featuring everyone including the Queer Eye guys (right before Netflix announced the show’s renewal) Billy Porter, Laverne Cox Ryan Reynolds, and more. The footage even included a robust line up of drag queens (granted, they were mostly alum of RuPaul’s Drag Race).
Some have criticized the clip, saying that it was ultimately about Taylor Swift and her relationship with Katy Perry — the pair hug at the end of the video. Others say that visibility still means something, the participants were paid well, and of course a Taylor Swift music video for a Taylor Swift song is going to be about Taylor Swift. Some say both.
Regardless, the celebrities who were impersonated in the project were pretty pleased.
Shortly after the release, Cardi tweeted that the video was “soooo cute.” She was impersonated by Trinity K Bonet of Drag Race season 6. And then came noted drag fan and dispenser of $100 tips, Ariana Grande.
“Ty for having me in your video I was amazing Taylor Swift,” she wrote on Instagram stories. “JK, Tatianna you fucking killed it, love u & am honored. Taylor, congrats on YNTCD. I fucking love it and the message sooooo much.”
Who knows, maybe at her next performance, instead of coming out to perform “NASA” herself, she’ll send out Shangela to do her vocal cameo and then Tatianna to perform the rest of the song. The drag takeover is almost complete kids.