Taylor Swift calls out White House after winning top prize at VMAs

Taylor Swift calls out White House after winning top prize at VMAs

This year's VMAs have been pretty spectacular, and at the glitzy ceremony held at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, nobody was more highly honoured than Taylor Swift.

This year, Tay-Tay managed to achieve the incredible accolade of winning the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards' top prize of  video of the year for her LGBTQ pride anthem, "You Need To Calm Down."

Taylor Swift at the VMAs. Credit: Getty

The song, which Taylor had composed in support of the Equality Act legislation, which prevents discrimination on the basis of gender identity and sexuality, was a critical and commercial hit.

But when she took to the stage to receive her shiny award - flanked by the cast and crew members who had helped produce the video - she took the opportunity to publicly call out the White House.

Speaking to an audience of thousands of attendees, Taylor stated: "I just want to say that this is a fan-voted award. So, I first want to say thank you to the fans because in this video, several points were made, so you voting for this video means that you want a world where we're all treated equally."

Check out Taylor's speech in the video below: 

She continued: "Regardless of who we are, regardless of how we identify, at the end of this video there was a petition -- and there still is a petition for the Equality Act, which basically just says we all deserve equal rights under the law."

Taylor added: "And, I want to thank everyone who signed that petition because it now has half-a-million signatures, which is five times the amount that it would need to warrant a response from the White House."

Taylor Swift at the VMAs. Credit: Getty

However, Taylor is likely going to be better known for a cringe-worthy social gaffe this year than for her social justice advocacy. What's the faux pas that's on everyone's mind right now? The fact that John Travolta accidentally mistook her for a drag queen.