Karamo Brown Defends Taylor Swift’s ‘You Need to Calm Down’ Video: ‘She’s Helping Our Community’ https://t.co/19wkXMztZX— People (@people) June 25, 2019
Queer Eye's Karamo Brown talked to People about Taylor Swift and some of the backlash she's received over her music video for "You Need to Calm Down."
“We had these amazing conversations about her influence and her understanding the importance of helping people to see that they should open their minds. That’s a woman who is using her power for good, and I’m just proud to be her friend now... As far as I know, black trans women are still dying in high numbers. So, it’s not just convenient, like, ‘Oh, everything’s solved, so now I want to get on it.’ She’s helping our community at a time when things are still going on. We have an administration that is literally saying trans people cannot serve in the military. It’s not convenient for Taylor Swift to be coming forward. It’s needed, and I’m thankful.”
Actor and comedian Billy Eichner was also asked about his thoughts on Swift at Variety's Pride event. He joked about not being included in her music video before showing his support for the singer.
“You know I think overall we need all the allies we can get. I was really genuinely impressed by how vocal Taylor was during the midterm elections, telling her following to vote, coming out on behalf of Democrats even though she’s from the south and a deep red state. I really thought that was so important. She got so many people into the system who now will hopefully continue to be in the system and continue to be politically engaged.”