Congratulations to Taylor Swift and her co-stars for winning music video of the year for “You Need to Calm Down” during the MTV Video Music Awards! Swift was joined onstage by Todrick Hall, Trinity K. Bonet, Hannah Hart, Dexter Mayfield, Riley Knoxx, Jade Jolie and more, as she began her acceptance speech, noting first that it was a fan-voted award.
But most importantly, Swift called out the Trump administration for not responding to her Equality Act Petition. “Which basically just says we all deserve equal rights under the law," she said as she continued to encourage fans to sign the Equality Act Petition.
"I want to thank everyone that signed that petition because it now has half a million signatures, which is five times the amount that it would need to warrant a response from the White House," Swift said.
She then began looking at an imaginary watch her wrist to imply that she is waiting on a response to the petition. Earlier today, the White House responded to Taylor Swift’s request.
"The Trump Administration absolutely opposes discrimination of any kind and supports the equal treatment of all; however, the House-passed bill in its current form is filled with poison pills that threaten to undermine parental and conscience rights,” said the statement from a White House spokesperson.
Despite the White House claiming the bill is “filled with poison pills”, it’s great that Taylor’s anti-hate music video was able to receive political attention, as for it not only called out Swift’s haters, but it also called out those that attack the LGBTQ community.
What’s even more remarkable of Taylor is that according to Drag superstar Trinity K. Bonet, Taylor specifically requested that her entire crew featured in her music video be given moonman awards.
“I just want ya’ll to know that Taylor Swift made sure that each and every one of us gets two moonmen for the [awards] that she won tonight, that she would not perform unless we got awards too. So I’m going to have two moonmen in my house with my name on it for video of the year.”
The video also won the Video for Good award earlier in the night, and rightfully so.
"My cast live their lives so authentically. Thank you for being the example that you are. I love you guys so much," Swift concluded. "Thank you MTV for lifting up this point in this video. We love you."
Taylor is certainly a ride or die ally for the #LGBTQ community and we are oh-so thankful to have her fighting for our rights.
Watch her full acceptance speech below: