August 23, 2019 HomeArticlesThe Taylor Swift “You Need To Calm Down” Backlash, Bella Thorne, Hong Kong Extradition, & Iran The Taylor Swift “You Need To Calm Down” Backlash, Bella Thorne, Hong Kong Extradition, & Iran By George Tseng Articles 100 Comments Tags:Bella Thorne, carrie lam, china, defranco, donald trump, ellen degeneres, Fab Five, GLAAD, Gulf of Oman, Hanna Hart, hong kong, Iran, Joshua Wong, katy perry, lgbtq, Mike Pompeo, news, protests, RuPaul, Slate, Taylor swift, The Philip DeFranco Show, united states, You Need to Calm Down, you need to calm down taylor swift Related Posts bitcoin SECRET CYCLE 2017 Hot! Get Free Bitcoins and Claim Daily! ETHLend IOTA LITECOIN NEO BITCOIN ETHEREUM EOS About Author admin 100 Comments Philip DeFranco Happy Monday! Here are those timecodes: Bella Thorne Posts Photos (00:06), Slate Article on Taylor Swift (02:27), TIA (04:56), Hong Kong Protests (06:07), Tensions in Iran (10:10) June 17, 2019 Reply Stonesorrow Most likely scenario: USA is doing the same false flag-strategy like when they claimed Iraq had WMD's. This time collaborating with UAE and Saudis to provoke Iran so they can invade and destabalize the country, who have been an eyesore for UAE, Saudi arabia and Israel for decades. Improbable? Not as improbable as Iran being dumbasses and sinking oil tankers left and right KNOWING the world is watching their every move. June 19, 2019 Reply Paula Kaye With regard to the whole "Iran" thing – here's what's happening… 45 realizes he can't "de-escalate" because he wants a war – that's probably the lynch pin thinking that he believes is going to be able to help him stay in office and avoid those pesky Mueller probe charges… Also, most people, (Republicans usually) believe that you "aren't allowed" to vote out whatever President is in Office if a war breaks out! (Makes Zero sense to me – but, I held an hour long debate with a former friend about this – just before I pretty much ended our "friendship"!)So, yeah – that's why he's been insulting people more than usual ever since he got in!! June 19, 2019 Reply John Buchanan Infographics just keeps doing videos on dumber and dumber topics. June 19, 2019 Reply Racket Tattoo honestly, U.S. deserves whatever is coming their way, they chose the imbecile and now they will have to suffer the consequences derived from his actions and stupidity. June 19, 2019 Reply Levi Bull Wait … Heavy water and rich uranium …. You know thats how you make nuclear bombs or some ingredients June 19, 2019 Reply Lauren C lifetime member of the I Really Don't Think We Should Go To War With Iran Club June 19, 2019 Reply Earthboundmike Don't get mad, get Glad. Remember those commercials for garbage bags? June 19, 2019 Reply Rebekah Drews Bella is FAKE NEWS! June 19, 2019 Reply Grandmaster Yeet Thanks for continuing to cover the HK protests. I have a good friend there that has been a marching the whole time there and your coverage has helped to further understand the situation. Thanks for being so damn awesome June 19, 2019 Reply rustedromeo This is why Taylor should have never jumped into the political and SJW bullshit and make her a target, oddly enough from the people you went on to support June 19, 2019 Reply Juliana Cesaro The US is for sure going to war with Iran. They used the same playbook to go to Iraq for the made up weapons of mass destruction. They are doing the same now when no other country is supporting their claim. However, just like with Iraq there is no stopping their financial greed and there will be no consequences to their unjustified attack. June 19, 2019 Reply Cassie A. i don’t really like Taylor’s music but it’s awesome that she puts action behind her words and is making a positive difference June 19, 2019 Reply Default Camo ….. How does Bella knos he is a man ? 0:58 June 19, 2019 Reply Trevor Grover The US government WANTS war with Iran. That's why they're escalating. June 19, 2019 Reply Arthzil Who's a bigger ally – someone who uses a community to build their career or someone who uses their career to help… June 19, 2019 Reply Marvel Disneyfan Why does it seem that the differences between journalists and petulant commenters has gradually been whittled down to whether or not they get paid to spew their ignorant whining? June 19, 2019 Reply The Blue Eye Monk The U.S. social structure is decaying and eating itself while we struggle to make any improvements and evolve. We're playing identity politics and participating in the oppression Olympics going nowhere. Taylor Swift not being the right kind of gay straight gay is more important than nuclear warfare. Social media giants monopolize themselves and create a strangehold on the market. Massive censorship hurting really only ourselves. China going after Hongkong. If U.S. war with Iran pulls us out our own asses it maybe what we inch towards. Spooky times this country isnt ready for. June 19, 2019 Reply Kerra Seay Haven’t read the article, but when I watched the video, all I could think about was how pandering it felt. But Taylor Swift has always come off as disingenuous to me, Katy Perry too, so it could be my bias.As a gay, I’ll take the positive messaging where I can get it, but it doesn’t hurt to do a little reflection and think about the timing, and how she’s releasing this song during pride month when being pro LGBT is popular and benefits your public image as opposed to hurt it. Yes people grow and change, like how TS wasn’t pro feminism her whole career, but idk. Please be nice to me lol it’s just my dumbass opinion June 19, 2019 Reply crayolaaskiess You have way too many ads now. Stop June 19, 2019 Reply CubanMislCrysis Who the fuck is Bella Thorne? June 19, 2019 Reply Kabir Ozigi please!!!! everyone look at the secret link. June 19, 2019 Reply OhMeOhMy I think Bella snapped 👀👀 June 19, 2019 Reply Jessica V Does any one know: Does Phil profit more if I sit through the ads instead of skip? June 19, 2019 Reply Tiny Gypsy Please make a video talking about Onision serial abusing the copy right system. It’s SO out of hand and YouTube is ignoring the problem June 19, 2019 Reply tradWIFE As someone who voted for DJT, most of us do NOT want war. This is why we voted for him. So he would keep our husbands, sons and brothers safe. We can’t even protect our border, but start another war? Sure.. June 19, 2019 Reply undeadman7676 I'm not exciting for the new hunger games book. I guarantee you, the plots gonna be: "Drumpf was an elitest prick who wanted to ruin the global economy and oppress everybody who isn't white". I don't see how it could be anything else 🙁 June 19, 2019 Reply The Judge Bella totally fabricated that shit June 19, 2019 Reply The Judge So mad I bought the old Why Be Informed tee literally weeks ago June 19, 2019 Reply The Judge 7:39 FAKE NEWS! That is a clip from World War Z……jk June 19, 2019 Reply Nick Smith No! Never calm down! Let the Liberals eat each other till there is nothing left! June 19, 2019 Reply Rasheik Bailey These kinda people make me don't even wanna be famous anymore because the lies are crazy 😂 June 19, 2019 Reply Barry West Bullshit… any rational person would press charges against a monster like that… this is a publicity stunt June 19, 2019 Reply Cesar Ghisilieri No mention of the Raptor's parade with 3mil people? June 19, 2019 Reply MsAnimelover6666 A lot of queer people aren’t really happy with you need to calm down, A lot of the queer people feel like the lgbt leaders in that video are being used as props, which taylor has done before (see shake it off) and it really feels like she was doing it to gain woke points June 19, 2019 Reply Yanira Garcia I think it would be awesome if you posted the audio for these videos on Spotify, I often listen more than look and it’s hard when my screen keeps turning off June 19, 2019 Reply Sophia Gabrielle Been ten years and still waiting for Taylor to come out w a realllly good song. But I guess her voice and writing isn’t up to par:/ but YNTCD wasnt that bad June 19, 2019 Reply Lincoln Thurber What is Bella Thorne thinking? Is she thinking? She seems to be playing into the assumption she is lying by not pursuing this with authorities. June 19, 2019 Reply hunterkiller1440 Hong Kong was never democracy. Hong Kong is part of China politically, unlike Taiwan. Hong Kongers never chose their leader. June 19, 2019 Reply Stan Lippmann Thanks Phil! By your ignorant logic Let Texas be Texas! Let King County Washington be King County Washington. I'll be the Count of King. I got stopped by the Chinese Authorities during the Umbrella Movement. I was coming back from Cambodia and bought some books because everything was dirt cheap in Phnom Phen. June 19, 2019 Reply Kristin D I had a lot of ads on this video. Is that the knew thing? Or does that just mean ads are working properly for once? June 20, 2019 Reply Jamestercool I like the meaning of what Taylor did it's really amazing to see that but let's all not forget the people who usually talk trash about LGBT think of the whinny idiots who can't be happy and want things censored and get offended of everything so good on you Taylor ^^ June 20, 2019 Reply The God Emperor "Iran" attacked tankers that totally is not a false flag like the US has done in the past, yep… llol June 20, 2019 Reply Redvines69 Looked up Bella Thorne and realized that I've never seen anything she was in, and I'm ok with that. Also, how long do we have to wait for Israel to just remove Iran's nuke project like they have done in the past? June 20, 2019 Reply Kablou Who is Bella Thorne…? June 20, 2019 Reply Sam_inColour Honestly, I’m probably late on this but I 100% agree that Taylor was baiting and cashing in on the LGBT community. It’s a terrible song — both production wise and lyrically. It’s great she wants to support GLAAD and LGBT people, but she could have done it in a more creative and less-trash way. The song is terrible. The music video is terrible. Everything is a cliche and just plays on common stereotypes of gay people and only features gay icons of a particular look or with certain characteristics. She’s just cashing in on the pink dollar to get attention. In five years I hardly think anyone will be singing the song as an LGBT anthem in the same way they sing Born this Way or Raise Your Glass. June 20, 2019 Reply TFWB Dangerous things are happening in the world. And I'm obviously not talking about Taylor or Bella. I'm scared y'all. June 20, 2019 Reply Millyy15 Sigh. US is framing other countries again. * cough * 9/11 * cough * Those tanker attacks are clearly just another inside job. Like the crew says , it was a flying object, obviously an American drone. June 20, 2019 Reply Gam3 0ver This Bellathorne thing smells like another Jussie Smollet, another way to increase the value of your brand be it a book or to make yourself a higher profile actor. If there are claims she was hacked or whatever then the police should get involved and if it turns out to be bullshit she should get a heavy fine at the very least. June 20, 2019 Reply Galagya I actually agree about the patting gay people on the head thing. We have equal rights at this point. We got what we wanted. Homophobia will always exist (as with any form of hate), but is no longer considered normal. We have achieved so much, & are finally essentially like everyone else. Instead of letting me live my life, I get coddled & reassured & defended against a nonexistent attacker all the time. It's exhausting and cringey. I'm not a child. This is absurd. It's an empty talking point, now. It's lost any real weight. It's officially just a feel-good attention grab. So yeah, don't get me wrong, free speech dude! Sing your song, make your stance, you do you. But while the squeaky wheels of the community will support you, the vast majority of the same-sex-attracted community will roll their eyes and live their lives as usual. We honestly find it annoying when people endlessly virtue signal. Honestly, the only positive is the fact that people were encouraged to give to help others… while there are different organizations that are desperately needed and underfunded & GLADD isn't one of them, anything that helps people is ultimately a good thing. But yeah, definitely feels like a pat on the head. I'll just say no thanks and move on. June 20, 2019 Reply klumpy777 Israel hates Iran, so there guard dog the USA will destroy them. June 20, 2019 Reply alicealive93 "Heres the attention you ordered" 😂😂 savage June 20, 2019 Reply nah im good Taylor Swift: just heard about homophobia :/ thats tuff June 20, 2019 Reply Scott Nukes are just talk. No country that wants to exist in the future will ever fire off a nuke as that country would immediately be taken down by everyone else. It's basicly permission for other countries to invade you at that point. The US only got away with it during WW2 because they were the only ones to have them at the time. June 20, 2019 Reply Chris Finkbohner Bella who? June 20, 2019 Reply Frances Zapata Please include closed captions so that the information is accessible to everyone June 20, 2019 Reply SinOfDisaster Bella Thorne is faking this shit. It was way too convenient that it comes out right when her book hits the shelves. June 20, 2019 Reply shadday2007 Man, real talk, I don't believe a damn thing the U.S. is claiming with the tanker attacks. Our government has lied to the public so much in the past to just take anything they claim with no criticism. The conflicting stories of what exactly attacked the tankers already proves to me that you should take what the government says with a grain of salt. June 20, 2019 Reply Goober Doober9595 not even past story. why can't people be left alone? Taylor Swift did something. It didn't hurt anyone. How could you be angry? June 20, 2019 Reply Thomas Davis I'm not a monster, I'm just deployed and its hard to watch Youtube floating in the middle of the ocean. June 20, 2019 Reply Bree She hella leaked her own photos lol June 21, 2019 Reply Will God she doesn’t donate they call her a homophobe, she gives money away and she’s being desperate June 21, 2019 Reply Martin Stringer Every single time an american soldier dies from an IED made by Iran or a terrorist act directly linked to Iran we should drop one MOAB on one of their oil wells. One incident, one well. How many would it take to wipe out their primary source of income i wonder. June 21, 2019 Reply Rojer Maharjan Hong Kong is a western base in the east. China only wants whats good for their people which include the people of Hong Kong. June 21, 2019 Reply Real Melancholy I feel Christina is right that Traylor Swift is pandering to the gay community with her use of colorful imagery and "prominent" gay members. Traylor Swift has really never shown herself to be present in the conversation of equal rights for colored and lgbtqia individuals. It just seems very convenient, and lucrative, for her brand to present this side that never really existed before. Some may say that she's changed and is now an "ally" and providing donations to the most obvious white faced network of gay production. But this is not enough to simply give your money and release a music video. It's a stage for her. Just because you have gay men do your make up, your hair, dress you, teach you a few dance moves that came from Beyonce, doesn't mean you're a true friend to us. Provide is with the understanding, and the shed of tears, when a black trans woman is murdered on her way home, when a boy is pushed out the house to deal with the world with pain as his shield, to understand the stories of growing up being on your knees praying to God to take the gay away. This has never been apart of get conversation. And to me, it still doesn't seem today. At least not in its genuineness. To me, the real stories of what's going on is too much for her, and too complex to understand/care. Taylor is a simple bitch. From her, I honestly refused to be sold to, or, spoken so honestly by Christina, patted on the head. And honestly Phil, I'm sadden. You being a cis hetero male can't really speak on the perspective of an individual's whom this is being sold to. Obviously Traylor has a record on cashing in on what's current or socially salacious to her own story. It would be irresponsible not to approach her with the same skepticism. June 21, 2019 Reply Heath Northam IF this “hacker” has nudes of other celebrities, and you decide not to go after them, then YOU are taking control from those other victims. Seems fishy. June 21, 2019 Reply Cybernetik Soul For the Bella Thorne thing, I get wanting to look for him and scare him straight but it's a little nice that she's not trying to mess up his life. But he's got this one time, next time he won't be so lucky, I'm guessing June 22, 2019 Reply Debra Charles Celebrities often make up stories like this to get more attention from the media. Who cares… June 22, 2019 Reply Nytephyre Yeah Taylor's video is just pathetic pandering and virtue signaling. For the most part people don't give a fuck about your sexuality. Besides, gay is near the bottom of the oppression olympics now. The left eat their own. June 22, 2019 Reply The Geekpublican The government is meant to represent the people. This desire to hear from the people is a good move from the Hong Kong Government. It is also good that China, at least on its face, is allowing it to occur on its own. However, I am sick of protesters winning and then pushing for more. This actually hurts reform movements by making it seem like we will never be satisfied. This is a good victory. I don't have enough information to call for the bill being pulled, but if the People of Hong Kong do not want it, then the Hong Kong Parliament cannot pass the law. June 22, 2019 Reply OliviaArt Lol maybe a bit late on this but I think Bella was just 👌👌. Like, oh u got nudes of me and is gonna post them? YEET IMMA POST THEM AND THE MESSAGES YOU SENT ME!! June 22, 2019 Reply Levi Marine I love that you threaten to punch your viewers in the throat but you wanna give the writer of that article a hug June 22, 2019 Reply notsosxechris Phil, let me assure you, my penmanship makes yours look like cursive. June 22, 2019 Reply Jayee 8:08 – BAHAHAHA,. For those who speak Cantonese, you'll get it. 😉 June 23, 2019 Reply deftrek Why did Chinese-Christian faith healing show up for you as an advertiser? Very unusual… June 23, 2019 Reply Nimit Vikrama I think Bella Throne controversy was a publicity gimmick. She wants to sell her bogus book. June 23, 2019 Reply Sara Rahimpour As an Iranian-American (born and raised in the U.S) I wanted to make a quick comment: For those supporting a war with Iran, really think about what you’re saying. Look at it from a humanitarian/ethical perspective. I’m visiting Iran currently for a month and looking around, everyone is suffering. There are people starving, dying of lack of proper medicine, etc. because of the sanctions put on Iran by the United States. I have family here and I’ve seen them suffer. I have a 14-year-old-cousin who dreams of coming to America to be a dentist. She loves listening to Taylor Swift and dancing. She plays piano and obsessed over the Iranian football team. Her favourite colour is purple. Think of this girl when you’re supporting a war with a country filled with people who LOVE America and American people. The Iranian government has, for decades, gone against the people’s mentality. The GOVERNMENT doesn’t like America. But average, everyday people adore Americans and Europeans. We don’t want a war. No one should want to go to war and kill people. It’s absurd. #nowarwithIran June 23, 2019 Reply Sara Rahimpour Wtf Iran didn’t attack the tankers, they shot down an UN MANNED drone… June 23, 2019 Reply Mukhayriq What happened to the Saturday and Sunday videos? June 23, 2019 Reply youraveragedude 11:04 remind you philipEver since the deal was signed US never lifted not one single economic sanction. They made a fool out of IranAnd to top it all off, they left the deal saying it was bad while not even committing to it not for ever a month. And after that they started an “Economy Terrorism” where donald trump sanctioned the fuck out of Iran and still is. June 24, 2019 Reply Peanut B Sup June 24, 2019 Reply Veronica Wilson Taylor swift is mad fake lol do ur research June 24, 2019 Reply Obdus I hate watching the news UNLESS I am watching this guy. Subscribed 😉 June 25, 2019 Reply xZANZIBARZx The Lettuce, Gay, Bacon, And Tomato mafia is at it againThis hoecake needs to stop lecturing from her ivory towerH0nk H0nk June 26, 2019 Reply gjaddajg Protip: stop pandering to SJWs, cause nothing is ever enough and they'll always find a reason to complain and grab the opportunity to play victims. June 27, 2019 Reply Glam Dring You told not all i know why June 27, 2019 Reply REXXltm the thing with taylor is the song isn't a lgbt anthem, it is an anti hater anthem that happens to have a verse about anti-lgbt people. it isn't brave she hasn't been saying this since the movement started, it is a safe move and a business move. she did it for the same reason companies make pride logos to "show their support" because they know that'll get you to buy there product. July 1, 2019 Reply skeerk I am not in the mood for a war today July 2, 2019 Reply horizontal120 the tanker thing rely< souns like us is trying somting shady to start a war … aka total us mo … July 3, 2019 Reply RozuRules SHE NEEDS A BURNER PHONE… July 11, 2019 Reply SystemzOverload well fucking done belle, and i sure as shit wont be intrested in them photo's out of respect for her. fucking brave and really powerful move. July 13, 2019 Reply Chris Moeller Trump is obviously trying to instigate some false flags so that he has a pretext to attack Iran. He has been on this for some time now. He wants to undo the good that Obama was able to do within the region. July 15, 2019 Reply JustPassingThrough I'm honestly on the fence about the Bella Thorne thing. I'm skeptical enough to believe it is a deception, but I also find it equally plausible that it is not. If it is a deception, may her career suffer for it. If it is NOT a deception, than I absolutely applaud her taking control of the blackmail. July 17, 2019 Reply JustPassingThrough As much as I am convinced that Taylor's song and vid (and those of many other mainstream pop stars) are primarily PR plays, I can't help but admire the end results for the causes, most of which are objectively good and noble. Regarding that Slate journalist, I do find it rather sad that she feels the need to attack Taylor as much as she does. I understand being disillusioned with the "fakeness" of many mainstream figureheads, but there are much healthier ways of expressing that, and hers was not one of them… July 17, 2019 Reply JustPassingThrough I'm elated to hear that the extradition legislation has been suspended, but I agree that the fight is far from over. I hate saying it like that too… as if I'm actually involved when in fact I'm just sitting here typing about it. Either way, I'm glad to see that the citizens there haven't lost momentum, and have clearly made an impact. I look forward to seeing the eventual striking down of that bill, but I shudder to think what such issues speak of the future… July 17, 2019 Reply JustPassingThrough At this point with Iran, I regard them as having earned military intervention. However, the human cost of such a thing is certainly not worth the benefits, so I understand the reasoning for a more diplomatic approach to the situation. And it is by this merit, that I believe our current… administration (if you could call that sham such a thing) has failed us. Sanctions are almost always a safe bet, but withdrawing from a diplomatic accord for the sake of "saving face" when nuclear and military implications are on the table, is both incredibly irresponsible and ineffective. The U.S. needs to rejoin the accord, and begin de-escalation. Obviously Iran won't, but there comes a point where indulging a belligerent can be far more beneficial than stooping to their level. This, is most certainly that point. July 17, 2019 Reply xZANZIBARZx Phuck cucked Taylor swiftLecturing us from her ivory towerthe Lettuce gay bacon and tomato mafia got to herThe H0m0 parades need TO CALM DOWN!H0nk H0nk July 18, 2019 Reply Dejay Pierce Nobody would be good if they were never punished for the things they did wrong. How is it possible to learn and grow if everything you did had no repercussions. July 20, 2019 Reply stecky87 Knowing that Bella Thorne 1: has a book out 2: isn't pressing charges despite the fact that she threatened sending the FBI after him, makes her story look fishy. Also, she doesn't win, & she took nothing back: the guy wanted the nudes released, she released them. July 30, 2019 Reply likira111 Hearing it on the radio I always thought the "you need t calm down" song was about attacking annoying men at the club since they seem to be a popular target. August 20, 2019 Reply Add a Comment Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment:*Name:* Email Address:* Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.