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Taylor Swift Dedicates Her Newest Music Video to the LGBTQ Equality

Perry's appearance signaled an end to a spat between the two musicians

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FILE - Taylor Swift performs at the iHeartRadio Wango Tango concert in Carson, California, June 1, 2019. LOS ANGELES - Pop singer and songwriter Taylor Swift on Monday released a star-stud. VOA

Pop singer and songwriter Taylor Swift on Monday released a star-studded music video that scolded social media trolls and urged fans to sign a petition demanding U.S. legal protections for gays, lesbians and transgender people.

The video for Swift’s new single “You Need to Calm Down” featured a surprise cameo by former rival Katy Perry plus a host of other celebrities. Perry’s appearance signaled an end to a spat between the two musicians which began in 2013 over backup singers in their shows.

Set in a pastel-colored trailer park, the video featured Swift, 29, relaxing in a pool while she called out her critics and those who attack LGBTQ people. “Shade never made anybody less gay,” she sang.

Celebrities in the video who identify as LGBTQ include Ellen DeGeneres, Billy Porter, RuPaul, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Adam Lambert, Hannah Hart and Tan France.

Taylor Swift, Song, Petition
Pop singer and songwriter Taylor Swift on Monday released a star-studded music video that scolded social media trolls and urged fans to sign a petition. Flickr

Swift, all smiles and outfitted as French fries, hugged Perry, 34, dressed as a hamburger, a costume she wore to last month’s Met Gala fundraiser at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Social media posts in 2018 suggested an end to their spat, which had played out in their songs. On Tuesday, Perry posted a photo on her Instagram account, with Swift being tagged, showing a plate of cookies with the words “Peace at last” appearing to be written in icing.

At the end of the new video, two sentences on screen urged fans to sign a petition urging the U.S Senate to pass legislation that would protect LGBTQ people from discrimination.

The measure has already cleared the U.S. House of Representatives.

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“Let’s show our pride by demanding that, on a national level, our laws truly treat all of our citizens equally,” it said.

The petition had collected more than 222,000 signatures within a few hours.

Swift, who has more than 118 million Instagram followers, has been stepped into politics in 2018 by supporting two Democrats running in U.S. congressional elections in Tennessee.

Voter registrations spiked in the state, but Swift’s preferred candidate for Senate lost the election. (VOA)

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Sunny Leone to Feature in a Canadian Producer’s Music Video

Mumbai, May 11 : Indo-Canadian actress Sunny Leone has joined forces with Canadian producer and DJ of Indian descent, UpsideDown, for the video of the song "Got it all".

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The music video has been executive produced by Urban Asian Music and promoted by 360 Worldwide.
Sunny Leone

Mumbai, May 11 : Indo-Canadian actress Sunny Leone has joined forces with Canadian producer and DJ of Indian descent, UpsideDown, for the video of the song “Got it all”.

It also features The PropheC, a Canadian singer-songwriter of Indian descent.

“We continue to push the boundaries of music by incorporating our culture and with the help of like-minded creatives. I’m grateful we are turning our dreams into reality,” UpsideDown, known for hits like Mickey Singh’s “Phone” and Jasmin Walia’s “Temple”, said in a statement.

UpsideDown and The PropheC take on the role of handymen in their music video who head to work at Sunny's mansion.
Sunny Leone with UpsideDown, BollywoodCountry

The PropheC believes UpsideDown has created his own lane in terms of production and “I am proud to be apart of it and continue to push our boundaries”.

UpsideDown and The PropheC take on the role of handymen in their music video who head to work at Sunny’s mansion.

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Sunny said: “UpsideDown and The PropheC were great to work with. It’s an exciting time for North American Punjabi music.”

The music video has been executive produced by Urban Asian Music and promoted by 360 Worldwide. (BollywoodCountry)