Taylor Swift Celebrates Pride Month at Wango Tango 2019 Performance & Speech: We Need to Stand Together!
American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift celebrates the LGBTQ community onstage at the 2019 iHeart Radio Wango Tango concert. Donning a pastel rainbow-coloured outfit, the pop star reaffirms her support for the community. And told the crowd that you “should be able to live your life the way you want,”.
“A lot of my songs are about love and I just feel like who you love, how you identify, you should be able to live your life the way you want to live your life and to have the same exact rights as everybody else,” she said. The concert took place a day after she wrote a letter to a Republican senator, asking him to support the Equality Act. Adding that she rejects President Donald Trump’s “stance” about it.
The 29-year-old singer was previously criticised for not supporting or opposing a candidate in the 2016 election. “I started this petition and you can find the link on my Instagram,” Swift said at Wango Tango. The singer noted that everyone needs to “stand together.” Taylor Swift Celebrates LGBT Pride Month at iHeart Radio Wango Tango 2019 Performance & Speech.
Taylor on Equality Act
“It’s for the Equality Act, which basically just says that we want to send a message to our government. That we believe that everybody should be treated fairly and equally. If you sign it, it would really mean a lot to me. Because I think we need to stick up for each other. We need to stand together,” she adds.
At the event, Swift performed her new hit single ‘ME!’ with singer Brendon Urie. As well as several of her other popular songs including ‘Blank Space’, ‘Shake It Off’, ‘Love Story’ and ‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together’.
The Jonas Brothers – Nick, Kevin, and Joe – who recently reunite as a band. Also performed at the show, their first Wango Tango event in nearly over a decade. Actor John Stamos introduced them, wearing a band T-shirt and joking that he was the unofficial fourth member called Uncle Jonas. The group opened their performance with their hit song ‘Burnin’ Up’.
Since 11 years
“It’s been 11 years since we last performed on the Wango Tango stage. Thanks for being patient with us. We are stronger together. We are stronger for it,” Joe told the crowd. Nick’s wife Priyanka Chopra and Kevin’s wife Danielle Jonas were spotted in the crowd cheering for their husbands. Other performers at the event include Halsey, Yungblud, 5 Seconds of Summer, Zedd, Ally Brooke, and Tyga.
Celebrities spotted at the show include Colton Underwood. And fiance Cassie Randolph, Hannah B, Ashley Iaconetti, Jared Haibon, Jordin Sparks, Candace Cameron Bure. And her family, Dean Unglert and Wells Adams who was accompanied by girlfriend Sarah Hyland. The show took place at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California and will air on Freeform on June 7.
Taylor Swift was taking the kickoff of Pride Month pretty seriously. And the title of the Rolling Stones’ “She’s a Rainbow” pretty liberally. During the climax to Saturday night’s annual iHeartRadio Wango Tango concert in Los Angeles.
For anyone who’d read up on her newsmaking Instagram post from the night before. There wasn’t much question about why she was flying the colours right down to her rainbow sneakers, but she made it explicit anyway.
Dignity was on her mind as she took to the stage of Carson’s Dignity Health Sports Park at the close of a four-hour, multi-act show. “It’s wonderful to be spending this particular evening with you because today is the first day of Pride Month,” she said.
“A lot of my songs are about love, and I just feel like who you love, how you identify. You should be able to live your life the way you want to live your life with the same rights as everybody else. So I started this petition, and you can find the link on my Instagram.
It’s for the Equality Act. And it basically just says that we want to send a message to our government that we believe everybody should be treated fairly in this country. If you sign it, it would really mean a lot to me, because I think we need to stick up for each other and stand together. Don’t you?”
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🌈HAPPY PRIDE MONTH!!!🌈 While we have so much to celebrate, we also have a great distance to go before everyone in this country is truly treated equally. In excellent recent news, the House has passed the Equality Act, which would protect LGBTQ people from discrimination in their places of work, homes, schools, and other public accommodations.
The next step is that the bill will go before the Senate. I’ve decided to kick off Pride Month by writing a letter to one of my senators to explain how strongly I feel that the Equality Act should be passed. I urge you to write to your senators too. I’ll be looking for your letters by searching the hashtag #lettertomysenator. While there’s no information yet as to when the Equality Act will go before the Senate for a vote, we do know this: Politicians need votes to stay in office. Votes come from the people. Pressure from massive amounts of people is a major way to push politicians towards positive change.
That’s why I’ve created a petition at change.org to urge the Senate to support the Equality Act. Our country’s lack of protection for its own citizens ensures that LGBTQ people must live in fear that their lives could be turned upside down by an employer or landlord who is homophobic or transphobic. The fact that, legally, some people are completely at the mercy of the hatred and bigotry of others is disgusting and unacceptable.
Let’s show our pride by demanding that, on a national level, our laws truly treat all of our citizens equally. 🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈 Click the link in my bio to sign the petition for Senate support of the Equality Act.
Swift had emerged wearing a flamboyant vest with extreme levels of colourful. Almost tie-dye-looking fringe as if she wants to be ready to march in a pride parade. And step in as a last minute Woodstock 50 headliner if called upon. The cotton candy look of the bandshell reflected the aesthetic of her “Me!” video and artwork. Taylor Swift Celebrates LGBT Pride Month at iHeart Radio Wango Tango 2019 Performance & Speech.
But also, in this case, doubled as implicit LGBTQ advocacy. (It’s a happy coincidence of timing that Swift is going full-in on the pride front now and not during her borderline-goth “Look What You Made Me Do” phase, although maybe we shouldn’t count out giant rainbow cobras on the next tour.)
Saying she wanted to spend “some time with just you and me,” Swift follow her Equality Act pitch with a solo acoustic performance of “Delicate,”.
The sweetest single off 2017’s “Reputation.” That previously unheard arrangement with just the star. And her guitar was a tipoff that Swift would not be using her Wango Tango set to reprise what fans heard on the 2018 “Reputation” tour. Even if she wasn’t about to debut any material from her upcoming album than the single that’s already out.
After opening with the live staples “Shake It Off” and “Blank Space,”. Swift used the occasion to service fans with four songs that hadn’t been performed in full by her. And her band since her 2015 tour: “I Knew You Were Trouble,” “Love Story,” “Style” and “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.” (The last two did figure into the “Reputation” setlist, but only in shortened medley versions or interpolations.)
With the show-closing rendition of “Me!,” it seems as if audiences might finally get to hear what an all-Swift version of that song would sound like. But there was Panic! at the Disco’s Brendon Urie, showing up mid-song to make this version of their fey pride anthem another “We!” performance after all.
Swift was preceding on the Wango Tango bill by the Jonas Brothers, who greeted just as enthusiastically, boding well for their upcoming arena tour, the trio’s first in… how long has it been, again? “We just realize it’s been 11 years since we shared this Wango Tango stage with you,” said Joe Jonas.
“So thank you for being patient.” Egged on by his brothers to stop being quiet, Kevin also used the P-word: “This has been a long journey getting here. Thank you for being patient. We’re stronger together for it.”
The audience or the part of it that was even old enough. To have been around for the original part of the Jonas Journey might well respond: No, thank you for taking yourself on the market long enough for us to miss you.
The catalogue songs they reprised from the pre-estrangement years hold up. Remarkably well for supposed teen-pop — “Burnin’ Up” and “Love Bug” hits in any era. Even with those strange, foreign-looking six-string instruments. And the fresh “Sucker” only sounds better in concert as more of a rhythm guitar-propelled rocker.
Guess who else was bringing the rock to Wango Tango, a generally rock-free zone if ever there was one? Halsey. Not that she’s suddenly going Joan Jett on everyone. Even though her now jet-black shag cut almost makes it look like she’s leaning that way. Taylor Swift Celebrates LGBT Pride Month at iHeart Radio Wango Tango 2019 Performance & Speech.
But her new “Nightmare” single which she describes as “a song I wrote so you would go absolutely wild when you hear it”. Is essentially a brooding and building rock ballad. And of course “11 Minutes,” which featured her significant other Yungblud as a duet partner. And lead guitarist places her foot firmly in that camp. Maybe the skintight green camouflage she wearing at Wango Tango was a sign that she really does intend to slip across genre lines.
Coming in-between Halsey and the Jonases was Zedd, whose succession of lead vocalists was strictly on tape. Unlike Coachella, where he’d managed to bring in guest appearances by Katy Perry and Maren Morris. After an opening set bu Five Seconds of Summer, much of the earlier part of Wango Tango consisted of a succession of quickie performances by a freshman. Pop acts that prove that you don’t have to be a celebrity DJ to have your entire performance pre-record.