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Taylor Swift releases song of the summer with Pride-filled, star-studded video

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Love her or dislike her, Taylor Swift knows how to generate press. Case in point the video for her latest song "You Need to Calm Down" which simultaneously works as a Pride Month anthem and an apology to longtime frenemy Katy Perry. 

The catchy earworm was released last week with the video dropping on Good Morning America this past Monday.

Initial reaction was positive, especially since the lyrics increased donations to LGBT media watchdog organization GLAAD which is referenced in the tune. 

"You are somebody that we don't know / But you're comin' at my friends like a missile / Why are you mad when you could be GLAAD?" Taylor sings in the song.

The video is literally a trailer park filled with both LGBT and mainstream icons including cameos from Ellen DeGeneres, Adam Lambert, Ryan Reynolds, Laverne Cox, Dexter Mayfield, Ciara, RuPaul, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Justin Mikita, Billy Porter, Todrick Hall, Hayley Kiyoko, Chester Lockhart, Adam Rippon, and Hannah Hart, plus Queer Eye stars Jonathan Van Ness, Antoni Porowski, Karamo Brown, Bobby Berk, and Tan France.

"I've observed a lot of different people in our society who just put so much energy and effort into negativity, and it just made me feel like, 'You need to just calm down. Like, you're stressing yourself out. This seems like it's more about you than what you're going off about. Like, just calm down,'" Taylor told Apple Music's Beats 1 according to EW

But there is a little more to the video than just its ark of stars. It is also closure to her feud with Katy Perry that began more than six years ago allegedly over fickle dancers

Perry, dressed as a cheeseburger is reunited with Taylor dressed if french fries. The two dance and embrace each other putting an end to their highly publicized differences.

"You Need to Calm Down" will appear on Lover, which is scheduled to drop on August 23.