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Taylor Swift: Fans Rave at Her Speech for Pride Month!

June is LGBT+ Pride Month, and Taylor Swift knows exactly how to acknowledge her fans.

Her Reputation Tour came to Chicago over the weekend.

As you'll see in the video below, Taylor walked out on stage and delivered a heartfelt speech.

She addressed her fans who have come out of the proverbial closet. She also addressed those who are not yet "out" and have to hide their authentic selves from at least some of the people in their lives.

Taylor reminded her cheering audience that, as worthy of celebration as the many strides towards equal rights the LGBT+ community has made, there is still a long way to go.

She's absolutely right. When people come out, it's often lauded as a "brave choice." Being yourself should not require any bravery, but it does for millions of people.

As you'll see, Taylor's fans gave major heart eyes to this thoughtful speech. Take a look:

1. Here’s the speech itself

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You can hear the audience cheering!

2. Taylor’s fans were overcome with emotion

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This is a big deal, especially as the LGBT+ continues its fight for equal rights and for acceptance.

3. Tweets echoed Taylor’s words

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Taylor’s speech didn’t include nearly as many rainbow emojis as the tweets about it did. One day, we’ll have that technology.

4. Some tweets were very thoughtful

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Others were less coherent, and that’s okay.

5. This person expressed their joy very well

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Sometimes, it takes multiple tweets

6. Fans were really touched by it

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A lot of Taylor’s fans are young, but even older fans like to be acknowledged

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Taylor Swift: Interviewer Tells Her She Needs to Shower and Fans Go OFF!

Last week, Taylor Swift was dancing to her own music at the BMAs while sandwiched between Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello.

A week later, she performs in a hot, humid arena … and her interviewer immediately tells her that she needs to take a shower.

You can see that exchange in the video below. Yikes.

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Taylor Swift had just dazzled a crowd of 26,000 at the BBC’s Biggest Weekend in Swansea.

BBC radio deejay Greg James did not sound so impressed.

Speaking to her on camera, he said:

"It's nice to see you. I think you need to have a shower now."

It was hot and very humid.

Sometimes, when men talk to women about showering, it's creepy and overtly sexual.

This wasn't that, thankfully.

But many believed that it was rude.

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Taylor, however, doesn't seem to object.

"I agree," she says.

"And I'm not offended that you said that," she adds.

Well, Maleficent also said that she was not offended, and we all know how that ended.

Taylor explains exactly why she's write, gesturing to her face and hair.

"There's a lot going on, and none of it's good, here."

She still looks great, to be honest.

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Fans did not take it as well as Taylor did.

They tweeted their disappointment and their outrage.

"Taylor Swift has her first recorded interview after years of not doing them and she's told that she needs a shower … "

"I can’t not believe someone had the audacity to tell Taylor Swift to take a shower in her first interview in 2 years.THE NERVE"

Diehard Taylor fans have been sorely missing her during her absence from the spotlight after many listeners and even fans decided to forsake their admiration for her because it was no longer fashionable.

Part of that was from overexposure. Part of that was through some shadiness by Kim Kardashian.

(Of course, as Kim Kardashian's recent feud with Rhymefest suggests, Kim will go out of her way to destroy anyone who she thinks is a threat to Kanye, even if she isn't necessarily justified)

Fans are disappointed to see Taylor return to the spotlight to face apparent rudeness from an interviewer.

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Greg James joked about the Twitter backlash, tweeting:

"If anyone’s got a video of a cow that gets excited when it sees the Queen, now would be a good time to tweet it."

In other words, he was joking that a harmlessly but viral distraction would be welcome.

However, James also suggests that things are fine between him and Taylor.

When someone tweeted about how James and Taylor go way back, a mourning fan wrote: "Hope you're right cuz we may have to go another 2 years without another live interview."

James responded:

"She really is right. TS has a great sense of humour and we have known each other for ages and had a good catch up after the interview. It’s all cool."

They really have known each other for years.

"It was hot up there. I almost said we should both go for a shower but after this reaction I’m glad I didn’t! X"

Oh. That self-censorship was definitely the right move.

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It is, unfortunately, very natural to fear the worst. It's also a good and healthy instinct to want to defend someone you admire.

Especially when that person has been besieged by haters who should really know better.

In real life, it's not super polite to tell someone that they need a shower.

(In general, a good rule is to not comment on something that needs to be changed about someone's appearance unless they can fix it in five minutes. Food in their teeth? Sure. Bad haircut? Not your business)

But when people know each other, there's a different dynamic.

If Taylor were angry with Greg James, she'd probably let us all know.

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Taylor Swift Was FEELING Kelly Clarkson’s Billboard Music Awards Show

The 2018 Billboard Music Awards were full of beautiful political statements and powerful performances.

But there were other, subtler moments that you may have missed if you glanced away. 

One of them featured Taylor Swift rocking out to her own music … as Kelly Clarkson performed it.

Kelly Clarkson has one hell of a voice, and she performed a medley of some of 2017's biggest hits.

One of those hits, as you can see and hear in the video that we've included, is Taylor's epic revenge song: "Look What You Made Me Do."

Taylor released the song as the single that led up to Reputation dropping.

The song itself parodies how she has been portrayed while also promising revenge against a number of her enemies.

Notably, she had been feuding with Kim Kardashian, Kanye West, and with Katy Perry.

When Kelly began singing Taylor's lyrics, Taylor couldn't help but sing along.

Taylor was situated in the audience between teen heartthrob Shawn Mendes and 21-year-old heartthrob Camla Cabello.

(Which pretty much makes Taylor the envy of the entire world, doesn't it?)

In the video, we see Taylor mouth the lyrics while also posing — she can't help but know that the camera will be on her while Kelly is singing her words.

She quickly loses her composure and bursts into laughter, however.

She was clearly enjoying her time at the awards show. And why shouldn't she? She had the best-selling album of all of 2017.

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Taylor was clearly living her best life.

She was practically joined at the hip with the beautiful Camila Cabello, with whom she has also recently performed during her massive concert tour for Reputation.

Now, being good buddies is all well and good, and we're glad that Taylor was able to enjoy the music.

But she may have enjoyed some of the music a little too much.

See, when teen singing sensation Shawn Mendes took to the stage to perform "In My Blood," Taylor and Camila could not contain their enthusiasm.

A number of people — and their cameras — notice the two were standing to sway and dance to Shawn's music.

Most notably … Darren Criss.

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Criss recorded the humorous moment on his phone, saying "excuse me, miss" in a polite and certainly too-quiet-to-be-heard tone while showing that Taylor and Camila were obstructing his view.

He wanted to enjoy Shawn's performance.

Probably because he has two ears and a heart.

Some fans asked why he didn't also stand, but that would have been passing along the buck and essentially forcing the entire audience to stand.

That's no fun.

But Taylor and Camila enjoyed their friend's singing. That's what matters.

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Some artists get very touchy about covers by other artists.

Clearly, Taylor enjoyed Kelly Clarkson's inclusion of her lyrics.

No medley of 2017 hits would feel right without Taylor's music, and what better choice than her epic single that promised revenge on her enemies.

They say that success is the best revenge, so she's already making good on that promise.

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Selena Gomez Surprise Guest at Taylor Swift Rose Bowl Reputation Concert

Taylor Swift brought her long-time bud Selena Gomez up on stage Saturday night at her Rose Bowl concert. Selena and Taylor sang “Hands to Myself” — Selena’s song — in the middle of the “Reputation” concert in Pasadena. The stadium packed for a…

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Selena Gomez Surprise Guest at Taylor Swift Rose Bowl Reputation Concert

Taylor Swift brought her long-time bud Selena Gomez up on stage Saturday night at her Rose Bowl concert. Selena and Taylor sang “Hands to Myself” — Selena’s song — in the middle of the “Reputation” concert in Pasadena. The stadium packed for a…

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