Tay Tay Made Surprise Appearance At Stonewall Inn With Modern Family Star
Just one day after the release of her single 'You Need To Calm Down', Swift performed at the iconic Stonewall Inn to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising.
On Friday, Taylor Swift was joined on stage by Modern Family star Jesse Tyler Ferguson for a surprise rendition of her 2014 hit Shake It Off.
Ferguson was co-hosting a Pride Event with drag queen Jackie Dupree at the Stonewall Inn in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising.
“Thank you for having me, Stonewall,” Swift told the crowd.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising of 1969, an event often credited with launching the modern LGBTQ rights movement.
A police raid in the early hours of June 28, 1969 at the Stonewall Inn, a gay establishment in Greenwich Village, New York sparked a series of spontaneous riots that launched a new era of resistance in the LGBTQ community.
In the past year Swift has vehemently thrown her support behind the LGBTQ community, donating to LGBTQ rights organisations and sharing a letter in support of the Equality Act, which seeks an amendment to the 1964 Civil Rights Act that protects LGBTQ people against discrimination.
Her most recent effort is in her new single You Need To Calm Down, the second from her album 'Lover' due to be released on August 23.
In a video posted to Twitter, Swift explained the origins of the song's title. She said, “I’ve observed a lot of different people in our society who put so much energy and effort into negativity and it made me feel like, ‘you need to just calm down.’”
Responses to the song have been mixed.
Huffington Post declared Swift had "cancelled homophobia" calling the song "the gay anthem we never knew we needed."
Meanwhile, Vice called the song "a failed attempt at advocacy."
In first verse Swift declares, "snakes and stones never broke my bones" which feels like a familiar clap back to the haters that we saw in her previous album Reputation.
Slowly the song verges into political territory as Swift sings, "You just need to take several seats and then try to restore the peace/And control your urges to scream about the people you hate/'Cause shade never made anybody less gay."
Swift's lyrics are famous for drawing heavily on real-life drama and personal heartbreak, and this mixture of personal anecdote with political advocacy has been criticised by some as a misstep for injecting herself into the narrative.
Swift may be playing catch-up for past criticism that she hasn't been vocal enough about political issues.
In a 2012 interview with Time magazine, Swift said "I don't talk about politics because it might influence other people."
During the 2016 U.S. election she faced backlash for not voicing her support for any candidate, and it was only last year that she took to Instagram to throw her support behind a Democratic candidate in the state of Tennessee.