Taylor Swift debuts star-studded music video for 'You Need to Calm Down'

Ciara shuts down commenter who criticized her for officiating gay wedding in Taylor Swift video

Ciara recently received backlash when she officiated a wedding between two gay men in Taylor Swift’s latest music video, but she wasn’t shy about dismissing the negative commentary.

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Earlier this week, Swift released the visuals for her new single “You Need To Calm Down.” The video advocates for LGBTQ rights, and includes cameos from numerous celebrities from the community, such as Ellen DeGeneres, Billy Porter and RuPaul.

In one scene, Ciara appears at an alter with “Modern Family” star Jesse Tyler Ferguson and his real-life spouse, Justin Mikita. She shared the clip to Instagram, and several people weren’t happy about her role. 

Many commenters threatened to unfollow the Atlanta-bred artist, and others recited Scriptures from the Bible that speak against homosexuality. 

One reply in particular grabbed the star’s attention. It read: “Ciara. You shouldn't be doing this. We respect u too much, Being at a gay wedding is one thing and joining them together is even more a greater sin. We love you but this is wrong.”

Ciara’s response?

“Firstly, Christians don't judge, Secondly, #YouNeedToCalmDown.”

The singer’s comment section was also full of positivity. There were lots of heart and rainbow emojis, and some included the hashtag #LoveIsLove in their messages. 

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Najja Parker
Najja Parker
Najja Parker is a writer and online content producer for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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