Everyone Has Feelings About That ‘Gay’ Line In Taylor Swift’s New Song
People are pretty split on what that one line about 'shade' and being 'gay' means, if anything.
Taylor Swift’s new single, ‘You Need To Calm Down‘, is here — and fans, obviously, are freaking out.
The song, the second single off pending seventh album Lover, is markedly different from the Kidz Bop-leaning ‘Me!’, which was perhaps the furthest thing she could have done to distance the new era from the Reputation aesthetic. Short and sweet, ‘You Need To Calm Down’ is classic Swift areas set to a less-than-classic Swift bouncing beat.
It’s a call for trolls and fans alike to stop chill the fuck out about rumours and hater, filled with reference to Twitter, snakes and ongoing stan wars. Earlier this week, she sent cookies to Katy Perry, and the two celebrated the end of a long-standing feud.
Taylor Swift is currently listening to “You Need to Calm Down” by Taylor Swift
— Taylor Swift’s Spotify (@TSwift_Spotify) June 14, 2019
Most of the reaction, however, has centred on one line. At one point, she says, “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.”.
In April, Swift donated US $113,000 to the LGBTIQ advocacy group the Tennessee Equality Project, which is currently fighting several anti-gay bills. The line’s likely a reference to that, though fans are wondering whether it’s a roundabout comment on her own long-rumoured sexuality. In the lyric video, the word ‘Glad’ is spelt ‘GLAAD’, like the LGBTIQ foundation, and the single artwork includes a pride flag in the background. Some stans are calling it a gay anthem; others are very, very confused.
Either way, they’re freaking out. Here are the wildest, weirdest and most excited reactions to ‘You Need To Calm Down’.
— Kasey (@Kaseysports7) June 14, 2019
— John is not calm (@13DearJohn) June 14, 2019
Taylor Allison Swift wrote a whole ass song dissing Trump pic.twitter.com/d18ks6cthY
— Caroline (@carolinekayeee) June 14, 2019
Just watched Taylor’s new lyric video!!! This era is very… pic.twitter.com/KsA9OYg7IK
— Chris Schleicher (@cschleichsrun) June 14, 2019
TAYLOR MENTIONED TWITTER IN A SONG AND NOT TUMBLR SO NOT TO BE PETTY BUTTTT BASICALLY ALL OF US TWITTER SWIFTIES OFFICIALLY HAVE A TAYLOR NOTICE SO THANK YOU NEXT BITCH
— “omg, lucy HIIIIIII” (@starbeamswift) June 14, 2019
— Ryan Schocket (@RyanSchocket) June 14, 2019
— Shannon G (@SoShameonMeow) June 14, 2019
— rep (@tsgetaway2) June 14, 2019
— fareeha loves tay! (@fofolovestaylor) June 14, 2019
I CANT EVEN WITH HER “the instagram” pic.twitter.com/nca1RkzyZA
— rach loves tay! ♡ (@FiawlessSwift89) June 13, 2019
ok i’m lost on this new taylor swift song. i don’t understand the context she’s using the word “gay” in and why she’s shouting out GLAAD (in the lyric video she spells it “GLAAD.”) somebody give me their read on this pic.twitter.com/Zac9AYkWUG
— Jill Gutowitz (@jillboard) June 14, 2019
“Can you not step on HIS gown.”
“‘Cause shade never made anybody less GAY.”
Taylor’s lyric video also has glad spelled as GLAAD, as in LGBQT organization @glaad!
— Taylor Swift Fan Updates (@SimplySFans) June 14, 2019
was honestly thinking of letting her for a minute but now taylor definitely can't say faggot pic.twitter.com/quqy1d1OUc
— brendan (@macleanbrendan) June 14, 2019
Taylor Swift Pride Anthem pic.twitter.com/N1nOTS8l0C
— Peter Taggart (@petertaggart) June 14, 2019
Taylor: You need to calm down.
Also Taylor in the caption: pic.twitter.com/TwJJbm8olz
— 𝑱𝒂𝒛𝒛 ⎊ | Lover -71 (@swiftiegirI) June 14, 2019
taylor watching haters wilding online pic.twitter.com/cPmgZyCCJL
— rafia • fan account (@repromantics) June 14, 2019
Lover is out in August, and will feature 18 tracks. Watch the lyric video for ‘You Need To Calm Down’ below.
Is Taylor Swift gay yet? She has been dragging this out for so long. What is she, a fight scene in an episode of Dragon Ball Z?
As soon as I wrote this I thought to my self, “who is this tweet for?” Lol. And honestly, I still don’t know.
— Dewayne Perkins (@DewaynePerkins) June 14, 2019