Taylor Swift’s new music video for You Need To Calm Down is out and full of secret messages fans have deemed as ‘Easter eggs.’
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly earlier this year she talked about the mysterious clues she drops for her fans.
‘A lot of the time, I’ll pick something that symbolizes something else, like I’ll pick a snake as the mascot for feeling misunderstood or, you know, being somebody who’s not going to strike unless they’re stepped on…or a butterfly, which is like breaking free of that darkness and fluttering into the light,’ she said.
Hidden messages: Taylor Swift’s new music video for You Need To Calm Down is out and full of secret messages fans
Taylor also told EW: ‘I love to communicate through Easter eggs. I think the best messages are the cryptic ones.’
Swiftie’s know that the Grammy artist’s favorite number is 13. So you’ll find a lot of correlations with this in the video.
There are 13 stars on her purple jacket and there is a 13 on her necklace; her sunglasses also have 13 pearls.
Speaking of numbers, in the opening scene of the video there is a shot with a bowl of red dice. If you look closely (and count fast) the dice add up to 67. There are 67 days until her album comes out on August 23rd.
Historic site: Ryan Reynolds is spotted painting the Stonewall Inn in New York City. A historic LGBT bar where Swift also performed at earlier this week
A familiar face (along with many more) makes an important cameo. Ryan Reynolds is spotted painting Stonewall Inn, the legendary gay bar and landmark in New York City.
On June 28, 1969, a series of violent demonstrations began by members of the LGBT community against a police raid at the Stonewall Inn.
The riots at Stonewall Inn launched the gay rights movements in the United States.
Ryan plays an ally in the video and supporter – doing so by painting it; the actor is married to Taylor’s friend Blake Lively.
Swift also made a surprise appearance earlier this week commemorating the 50th anniversary of the riots; she performed her song Shake It Off, according to Vulture.
Emotional: Historically, some of Swift’s saddest songs have been the fifth track on her albums
The website also notes that the artwork in the beginning – Mom, I Am A Rich Man – is a nod to Cher.
In 1989, she said in an interview: ‘My mom said to me, “You know, sweetheart, one day you should settle down and marry a rich man.” I said, “Mom, I am a rich man.”‘
Vulture noted that it could just be a homage to the iconic singer or a possible Cher/Taylor collaboration.
Hayley Kiyoko shoots an arrow at a target and it lands on the number five.
Historically, some of Swift’s saddest songs have been the fifth track on her albums like All Too Well on the Red album and All You Had To Do Was Stay from her 1989 album.
Swift has also eluded to the fact that the number has some significance and sported a pin on her jacket on her Entertainment Weekly cover.
Tatted for the summer: Ellen DeGeneres is spotted getting a tattoo that reads ‘Cruel Summer’ in the video with Adam Lambert as the tattoo artist
More clues: Ellen hands Taylor a pin of of her dressed as a cat while filming the Ellen DeGeneres show and in the shot you can see Ellen still has the tattoo
Ellen DeGeneres is spotted getting a tattoo that reads ‘Cruel Summer’ by Adam Lambert.
If fans watched Taylor Swift on the Ellen DeGeneres Show a couple weeks ago, it’s possible the entire show was one giant clue.
In the show, the two joke around about Ellen being in her next music video and then laugh it off.
Later, Ellen hands Taylor a pin of of her dressed as a cat and in the shot you can see Ellen still has the tattoo.
Meaning, the video was filmed before her appearance and the television host may have gotten a real tattoo.
Symbolic: Swift is seen sunbathing while protesters scream and shout with homophobic signs. Fans have said that this could be Swift’s way of standing with her friends
There is a scene where all of the pop queens are lined up at a pageant waiting to be crowned the new queen.
The scene showed all of the most iconic women dressed as drag queens including Ariana Grande, Adele, Lady Gaga, Cardi B and Beyonce.
At the end, no one gets the crown and they all celebrate with a cake fight.
At one point, Taylor rocks pink, purple and blue hair – the colors of the bisexual pride flag.
Everyone wins: The scene showed all of the most iconic women dressed as drag queens including Ariana Grande, Adele, and Beyonce while no one is the winner because there is no competition
Another important moment was when Katy Perry made an appearance at the end of the video dressed as a hamburger.
At the end, a sad Taylor dressed as a french fry seems a bit lonely when she runs into the Teenage Dream singer. Together, they dance and hug it out making a ‘happy meal.’
The two have had a history of back-and-forth call-outs in their music and this cameo proves that the feud is over.
The Sno-Cone, also called Snow Cones, stand hosted by Olympian Adam Rippon could be a song name, according to Vulture; the phrase Cruel Summer could be a possible name as well as Pink Champagne.
She is also wearing a kitten watch featuring the face of her newest cat – Benjamin Button.
The phone case has ‘Lover’ emblazoned on it – which is the title of the new album.
RuPaul, Ciara, Chester Lockhart, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Justin Mikita, Todrick Hall, Chester Lockhart, Antoni Porowski, Jonathan Van Ness, Dexter Mayfield and more also appear in the music video.
Happy Meal: Taylor and Katy Perry have ended their feud which resulted over backup dancers. The two are seen hugging it out at the end of the video
Detective Swiftie: A thread is circulating on Twitter with all of the Easter eggs (so far) from the new music video