Taylor Swift Teases 'You Need to Calm Down' Music Video Cameos: Ellen DeGeneres, Laverne Cox and More

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Taylor Swift performs onstage at 2019 iHeartRadio Wango Tango on June 01, 2019 in Carson, California. Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for iHeartMedia

Taylor Swift continued to drop clues about the upcoming music video for her new single "You Need to Calm Down," revealing Sunday that the much-anticipated release will include a roster of celebrity cameos.

"Asked a few friends to be in the 'You Need To Calm Down' video," Swift casually tweeted at 11 a.m., along with a 15-second teaser. "Out tomorrow at 8:15am ET."

The attached clip advertises cameo appearances from more than 20 public figures, from actors to reality TV stars to fashion designers.

In rapid-fire succession, the video lists the following names: Ellen DeGeneres, Ryan Reynolds, Laverne Cox, Dexter Mayfield, Karamo Brown, Antoni Porowski, Ciara, RuPaul, Jonathan Van Ness, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Justin Mikita, Bobby Berk, Tan France, Billy Porter, Adam Lambert, Todrick Hall, Haley Kiyoko, Chester Lockhart, Adam Rippon and Hannah Hart.

In keeping with the sugary sweet aesthetic of the upcoming album, the teaser also features a bowl of candy and a whirring blender spilling a drink over a bubble-gum pink tablecloth. It's visually consistent with other hints the 29-year-old dropped this weekend, including close-up photos of sprinkles, a rainbow-colored gown and what appears to be a still-frame of a tea party.

It should come as no surprise that the list of all-star names includes LGBTQ icons and allies. "You Need to Calm Down" is Swift's most blatant political track, featuring references to Pride parades and the nonprofit advocacy organization GLAAD.

"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," she croons in the pre-chorus. "'Cause shade never made anybody less gay!"

The song's political overtones have been hotly debated, with some reviews hailing the single as an important entry in the LGBTQ-friendly pop catalog and others dismissing it as a performative display of allyship.

Swift's Friday appearance at Stonewall Inn—the New York City bar famous for launching a gay liberation movement in June 1969 after it was raided by city police officers—received similar responses.

Still, the influence of Swift's foray into the political arena can't be denied. After the track was released Friday, GLAAD reportedly received an influx of donations. And, back in October, the songwriter urged her followers to register to vote on Vote.org, leading to the website's second-most trafficked day of the year and inspiring the nonprofit's communications director to proclaim, "Thank God for Taylor Swift."

"Lover," Swift's 7th album, is slated to be released on August 23.

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