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‘Queer Eye’ Star Bobby Berk on Why Taylor Swift Is ‘Definitely a Queer Ally’

Billboard // by Rob LeDonne // June 21st 2019

So this month you’re associated with not one but two Pride anthems, delivering a cameo in the video for Taylor Swift’s “You Need To Calm Down.” How long ago did you know that was happening?
This all happened within the last month. A few days before the call, Taylor was on Ellen and she mentioned that Queer Eye was one of her favorite shows. We were blown away and elated by that. A few days later, our publicist from Netflix got a call from her manager saying she wanted us to be in her music video and a week after that, we were on set. Taylor was amazing; she’s one of the sweetest, most down to earth, and humble people. As talented and big as she is, when she walked into our tent, we happened to sitting there talking to each other and she quietly stood there next to us because she didn’t want to interrupt us. We didn’t even realize she was standing there and then we were all like, “Oh. Oh! Oh my God. Hi!” She was like, “I didn’t want to interrupt!” We were like, “This is your set, you can interrupt!” You meet a lot of people in our business who honestly can be a disappointment. People who put positivity out there and in real life they’re not. So it really made me happy to meet Taylor and see she wasn’t just a character portraying kindness and acceptance. She really is that person in real life.

What was it like seeing the final video?
It was amazing, because we didn’t get to see anyone else’s scene at all. Seeing the way they were able to make that trailer park look so damn cool was awesome. We didn’t even know what the song was.

They didn’t play it for you on set?
Nope. That’s how much we trust Taylor.

If I were interviewing Taylor, I would love to ask what spurred her to go headfirst into supporting the LGBTQ community and the Equality Act, especially including that message to sign the Change.org petition at the end of the video. It’s one thing to voice your support, but to release this song for Pride and make the video that she did, even shouting out GLAAD. I’m wondering if there was one moment that made her want to take a stand.
All that I can assume is that after meeting her and seeing how lovely she is, I can just imagine that Taylor’s sitting there and not taking the fact that she’s a straight white person with straight white privilege for granted. She’s looking around at the people who aren’t naturally born with that privilege. She’s trying to make sure that everyone has those same rights and everyone is treated the same. You can tell a lot about a person by the way they speak to crew. A lot of times, people can be divas. For Taylor Swift to be the biggest pop star in the world, when there were things on set she didn’t quite like, she’d say something like, “Hey guys, what do you think about this or that?” (The attitude was that) it’s a community and let’s make this work. When I saw that, I was thinking, “Wow, this is her video and her production.” I had so much respect for that. In her world, she speaks to every single person she interacts with equally. So for her to see that there are demographics like the LGBTQ community who aren’t treated equally, I think it infuriates her. One thing that infuriates me are the amount of people who’ve come after her in our community in the last week, saying things like she doesn’t have any business latching onto the queer community or is using the queer community to promote herself. She doesn’t need us. She is doing just fine on her own and is using her platform as somebody that millions and millions and millions of people look up to and is saying, “Hey, everybody needs to be treated equally.” For her to be using her time and money to help us and help the Equality Act get passed, I mean, we owe her a debt. You don’t have to be queer to be a queer ally, and she’s definitely a queer ally.

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