18 Jun 19
A host of famous faces appear (Pictures: UMG)
Taylor Swift’s music video for her new song You Need To Calm Down has made some massive waves.
What with putting the final nail in the coffin of her feud with Katy Perry, to including a host of celeb cameos, to the lyrics which slam internet trolls and the anti-LGBTQ+, there’s a lot to unpack here.
As we get ready to bother our neighbours by singing this at the top of our lungs for the rest of the summer, here’s the complete list of celebrities who can be seen in the You Need To Calm Down music video.
American Idol alum Adam Lambert was the first openly gay musician to reach the top of the Billboard charts with his album Trespassing.
He’s currently the front-man of Queen, and appears in the video for You Need To Calm Down as Ellen DeGeneres’ tattoo artist.
US figure skater Adam Rippon won the bronze medal at the Winter Olympics in 2018, and thus became the first openly gay man to win a medal in the history of the Winter Olympic games.
Olympic champ Adam Rippon (Picture: UMG)
In the music video, he plays a snow cone vendor.
Broadway Icon Billy Porter (Picture: UMG)
Broadway star and red-carpet dominator Billy Porter not only won the Met Gala this year, but was nominated for a Golden Globe for his work acting in TV show Pose.
In the video, he struts his in front of anti LGBT+ protestors.
Chester Lockhard is an actor and singer (Picture: UMG)
Actor and singer Chester Lockhart can be seen in the video looking judgmentally over at Laverne Cox as she steps outside her trailer.
Ciara, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Justin Mikita (Picture: UMG)
Pop star Ciara is a Grammy Award-winning singer who’s helped bring us the likes of 1,2 Step and Love Sex Magic – with Missy Elliot and Justin Timberlake respectively.
She appears to be officiating the wedding of actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson and his husband, lawyer Justin Mikita in the music video, and in real life, she shut down an anti-gay troll who told her that she ‘shouldn’t be doing this.’
Her response was: ‘Firstly, Christians don’t judge. Secondly, #YouNeedToCalmDown.’
Dancer and model Dexter Mayfield (Picture: UMG)
Dexter Mayfield is a dancer plus-size model who can be seen busting some serious moves outside of Taylor’s trailer.
In the past, he’s worked with the likes of Katy Perry and Jennifer Lopez.
Ellen getting a ‘cruel summer’ tattoo (Picture: YouTube)
Host of the titular The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Ellen can be seen in the music video having the words ‘Cruel Summer’ – possibly a reference to the collaboration album by Kanye West – tattooed on her arm by Adam Lambert.
YouTube personality Hannah Hart (Picture: UMG)
Hart is the genius mind behind the famous YouTube video series called My Drunk Kitchen.
She appears in the video weightlifting with a boombox.
Musician Hayley Kiyoko (Picture: UMG)
Hayley Kiyoko is a musician whose comments about double standards in the industry were defended by Taylor Swift last year.
Kiyoko told Refinery29 in 2018 that she called out music industry executives for making comments about her doing multiple music videos about women, saying: ‘I literally looked at them and was like, um, yeah… Taylor Swift sings about men in every single song and video, and no one complains that she’s unoriginal.’
In response, Taylor said on Tumblr: ‘We should applaud artists who are brave enough to tell their honest romantic narrative through their art, and the fact is that I’ve never encountered homophobia and she has. It’s her right to call out anyone who has double standards about gay vs straight love interests.’
Jesse Tyler Ferguson and his husband Justin Mikita
Emmy-winner Jessee Tyler Ferguson is best known for appearing in the hit sitcom Modern Family, and Justin Mikita is a lawyer and Jesse’s husband.
No bad blood here (Picture: YouTube)
Global pop superstar Kary Perry surely needs no introduction, and shows up for an extended period near the end of the video dressed as a hamburger.
She embraces Taylor, who’s dressed as French fries, and seemingly puts their feud to bed once and for all.
Actress Laverne Cox (Picture: UMG)
An actress of Orange Is The New Black fame, Laverne Cox is the first out trans actress to be nominated for an Emmy.
She’s seen watering her lawn in the video.
Antoni Porowski, Bobby Berk, Jonathan Van Ness, Karamo Brown, and Tan France with Todrick Hall and TayTay herself (Picture: UMG)
The Queer Eye cast (Antoni Porowski, Bobby Berk, Jonathan Van Ness, Karamo Brown, Tan France)
The whole cast of the Emmy Award-winning make-over show Queer Eye made an appearance in the video at a tea party.
Tan France can also be seen winking at the camera and drinking tea right from the teapot.
Riley Knoxx is a trans Beyonce impersonator who can be seen here on stage among drag queens who have been on RuPaul’s Drag Race.
Deadpool actor Ryan Reynolds (Picture: UMG)
Canadian actor and Hollywood heavyweight Ryan Reynolds can be seen painting the food fight towards the end of the music video.
While Ryan is straight – as far as we know – he famously plays the pansexual superhero Deadpool.
RuPaul and the all-important crown (Picture: UMG)
Supermodel of the world and the mind behind the global reality TV sensation that is RuPaul’s Drag Race, RuPaul can be seen here out of drag, attempting to crown one out of a line-up of famous drag queens who have appeared on his show along with Beyonce impersonator Riley Knoxx.
However RuPaul throws the crown into the air instead, as Taylor sings: ‘We all got crowns’.
RuPaul’s Drag Race alums
Drag Queens and Riley Knoxx are all seen lined up on stage impersonating famous female faces in pop.
Riley Knoxx is Beyonce, A’keria Davenport is Nicki Minaj, Adore Delano is Katy Perry, Delta Work is Adele, Tatianna is Ariana Grande, Trinity K Bonet is Cardi B, Trinity Taylor is Lady Gaga, Jade Jolie appears as Swift herself.
Todrick Hall looking fierce and florescent (Picture: UMG)
A longtime friend of Taylor, Todrick Hall is a YouTube star, dancer, and was a semifinalist on American Idol.
He can be seen dancing and enjoying tea with the cast of Queer Eye.
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