After months of waiting, Taylor Swift has finally graced us with two new songs, ME! and You Need To Calm Down. The creative genius has historically nailed her songs and music videos. However, the music video for “You Need To Calm Down” severely missed the mark, and is offensive to all people, lower income Americans, LGBTQIA members and more.

You need to calm down only if you do not agree with Taylor.

From the lyrics of You Need To Calm Down, you only need to calm down if you do not agree with Taylor. Her lyrics are inherently hypocritical as she states “I ain’t tryna mess with your self-expression,” while saying that the person needs to calm down. She is implying that you can feel and think freely, but make sure you do it in line with how she sees best. You Need To Calm Down is extremely hypocritical as she only sides with those who agree with her, and if you don’t, you should not express your opinions as much as those who agree with her. In fact, it seems the music video showcases exactly what she’s telling people to calm down about. 

Intolerant people are lower class and uneducated.

In the music video, you see white people in tattered clothing and misspelled signs protesting two men getting married. There are plenty of people across all social classes that are intolerant of others. Just as there are lower class people who consistently spew intolerance, there are just as many middle and upper people who do as well. Additionally, having wealth does not correlate to intelligence; a point that is severely missed in the music video and lyrics. In an age where political intolerance seems to be running rampid, the imagery does not help either political side or cause when trying to combat intolerance and hate.

Her music video takes place in a glorified trailer park.

The You Need To Calm Down music video takes place in a Utopian style trailer park filled with pink and glitter. When paired with the fact that her music video already degrades lower class Americans, it is very apparent that Taylor’s elitist side is showing.

The lyrics and video are not friendly to those who identify as LGBTQIA and their allies.

In the song and music video, Taylor equates the struggle that LGBTQIA people go through with online harassment. When she compares it to online harassment, it trivializes the real issues, harassment, and struggle LGBTQIA often go through. It is obvious that Taylor is oblivious to this.

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She used the music video to advocate for The Equality Act.

Speaker Pelosi introduced The Equality Act in March that aims to add sexual identity and orientation to the Civil Rights Act. If you watch the music video, you will notice that at the end, there is a message telling fans to support The Equality Act. Regardless of a person’s political stance, the meaning of the song changed once she decided to use the video to promote the Act. People of all demographics and political leanings have loved and supported Taylor for years. She risks dividing her supporters because she decided to politicize a song and music video.

I have been a Taylor Swift since her first album, and have supported her through the negative press. However, this song and the message it sends is extremely worrisome. The Queen of Pop could lose her crown if she continues down this politicized path.

Kallie B
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When Kallie is not working full time trying to raise money, she is often studying how people process political messages. Powered with 2 undergraduate degrees, 1 graduate degree and now working towards a Ph.D., she has dived into the world of political communication and psychophysiological research. She is a 5th generation Texan, and has been in politics since she was 8 years old.