Taylor Swift Performs At Stonewall Inn For Pride Month; Announces Celebrity Cameos For 'You Need To Calm Down' Video
Taylor Swift is continuing to celebrate Pride Month.
The singer gave a surprise performance at the Stonewall Inn on Friday night in New York, just hours after releasing her latest anti-hate anthem "You Need To Calm Down."
The historic LGBT site was holding an event to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, hosted by Modern Family actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson, who shared photos of him and Swift on his social media.
"Just sing, dance and be yourself—so I did. Last night I hosted a concert at the historic @thestonewallinn and some pretty amazing people showed up," he captioned the photos. "I got to live my life and dance like a dad with my (heart), @taylorswift!"
In a video shared to social media by the event’s co-organizer, entertainment group AEG, Swift says she picked to sing "Shake It Off" because she heard a rumor it was Ferguson’s favorite song to sing at karaoke.
"If there’s anything you feel like you wanna jump in on, if there’s like you’re part that you’re really good at, then just sing, dance, just be yourself," she said before she began the number. "This is a really safe space."
After her performance, Swift said it was "an absolute honor to be here at the Stonewall Inn." "Thank you for being so wonderful. So fun dancing with you," she added. "Happy Pride Month, thanks so much!"
Sara Bareilles was also at the event and performed her song "Brave."
Swift announced Thursday that her next album, Lover, will be released on August 23rd. She released "You Need to Calm Down" on Friday and a music video for the song is set to debut today on Good Morning America.
Taylor put together a huge roster of celebrity cameos for the "You Need to Calm Down" music video. She shared a video on her Instagram account teasing the video’s release. The video listed the following names as having cameos: Ellen DeGeneres, Ryan Reynolds, Laverne Cox, Karamo Brown, Dexter Mayfield, Antoni Porowski, Ciara, RuPaul, Jonathan Van Ness, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Justin Mikita, Bobby Berk, Tan France, Billy Porter, Adam Lambert, Todrick Hall, Hayley Kiyoko, Chester Lockhart, Adam Rippon, and Hannah Hart, among others.
Fans thought Katy Perry could possibly have a cameo in the video as well, but Taylor shot down a very specific rumor about Katy – specifically that she kisses Katy Perry in the new video.
"Hey uhhhh @TaylorSwift not to question you, but you do know there’s a leaked concept that you and Katy dress as fries and burgers and kiss. You do know that’s dumb, right? Please tell me you know it’s dumb," a fan wrote on Tumblr. "This isn’t me making jokes or anything. If there is indeed a scene like that, you need to cut it right now before it airs because it’s genuinely a really bad idea. Seriously."
Taylor saw the comment and responded, in a screen shot captured by a fan.
Taylor wrote, "Guys. That 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."