This week, Taylor Swift fans everywhere celebrated as the pop-star finally dropped a new music video for the song “You Need To Calm Down.” Fans anxiously awaited new music from the singer after her debut album Reputation broke records and clapped-back at some big name stars, like Kim Kardashian and Kanye West.
The music video was a colorful tribute to many marginalized communities—specifically the LGBTQ community. The video was a tribute to love and happiness everywhere and sent a powerful message to get her fans to support and sign petitions supporting the Equality Act in Congress.
People online were glad to see that after years of silence about politics and social issues, Swift was finally standing on the “right side” of history. Her video even included major cameos from peek LGBTQ supporters and celebs, such as Ellen DeGeneres and the Fab 5 from Queer Eye.
But, after the video quickly climbed to the number one spot on YouTube, some fans noticed that Swift’s video brought them back to a time and place of another popular music video—one by Beyoncé.
Twitter user @Miata_Shanay said that Swift’s music video is definitely a beautiful salute to the LGBT community, but is a “direct rip-off” of Beyoncé’s video for her song “Party.” She even shared screenshots from the Party video to compare.