Taylor Swift receives criticism from fans who think she is queerbaiting with her new song. Fans think song release time is suspicious.
Yesterday, Swift released the second single from her upcoming album Lover. The song is called “You need to calm down.” She refers to the LGBTQ media organization, singing, “You are somebody that we don’t know. But you’re coming at my friends like a missile. Why are you mad? When you could be GLAAD?”
The singer honored Pride month with a special performance. She made a surprise appearance on Friday night at Stonewall Inn. She also took a stand for LGBTQ rights by sharing a copy of a letter she had written to Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander. Swift urged him to support the Equality Act, which would prevent discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
The singer has been applauded for her efforts by many members of the LGBTQ community.
GLAAD official thanked Swift in a tweet for making a generous donation to them.
Taylor Swift receives criticism
However, a few fans are doubting Swift’s intentions. The release of the new song is at a suspicious time during Pride month. Fans claim that Swift is only pursuing her motive, which is profit. She genuinely does not care about the LGBTQ+ community and is using them to mint money. Many have accused her of queerbaiting.
Queerbaiting is a marketing technique for fiction and entertainment. The creators hint at, but then not actually depict, same-sex romance.
Taylor Swift responded to the fan comments by denying the allegations. She wrote, “Guys. This is ABSOLUTELY false. To be an ally is to understand the difference between advocating and baiting. Anyone trying to twist this positivity into something it isn’t needs to calm down. It costs zero dollars to not step on our gowns. ”
Taylor Swift released her new single “You Need to Calm Down” at midnight on Friday.