Words: Steve Brown
Billy Eichner has praised Taylor Swift for being vocal during the midterm elections.
Taylor has faced backlash online after releasing her new single ‘You Need to Calm Down’ with many claiming that the singer is exploiting the LGBTQ community to sell records.
When the video was released last week, it featured a number of popular LGBTQ figures including the Queer Eye Fab Five, RuPaul, Todrick Hall and Ellen DeGeneres.
However, one openly gay comedian was not asked to take part in the video and Eichner joked on Twitter: “I guess I was too gay for the taylor swift video”
I guess I was too gay for the taylor swift video 😔— billy eichner (@billyeichner) June 17, 2019
But now, while speaking to Variety, the Billy on the Street star responded to the backlash Taylor has received and said the community need “all the allies we can get”.
He said: “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.”