Taylor Swift: Friend or Profiteer?

The jury is still out on how to take Taylor Swift’s newly released song, “You Need to Calm Down.” Just in time for Pride month, Swift’s song was aimed at showing support for the LGBT community, but many are skeptical of the artist’s intentions. One of the reasons for this is that no one has ever really heard from Taylor Swift about where she stands politically or socially, which speaks volumes in and of itself, especially in a time where speaking out is of utmost importance. It wasn’t until October that Swift showed her rainbow colors when she stated on social media, “I cannot vote for someone who will not be willing to fight for dignity for ALL Americans, no matter their skin color, gender or who they love.”

Swift has now come forward with her LGBT-supportive song and accompanying over-the-top music video featuring known LGBT celebrities as Ellen DeGeneres and the Queer Eye crew, and the public is confused. Is this all show, or is Taylor Swift now suddenly an ally? Is her goal to profit from supporters based on good timing, or is she being authentic? Whichever the reason, at least Taylor Swift is using her voice for a positive cause. At the end of her music video, she asks her fans to show more support for human rights: “Let’s show our pride by demanding that, on a national level, our laws truly treat all of our citizens equally. Please sign my petition for Senate support of the Equality Act on Change.org.” So Swift is starting to put her money where her mouth is, calling for action instead of just words, also contributing to causes with sizable donations to LGBT-friendly organizations.