Taylor Swift’s new music video labelled racist

By admin
03 September 2015

The new Taylor Swift music video for Wildest Dreams has social media users up in arms with accusations that the pop star is glamorising a "colonial fantasy of Africa".

The new Taylor Swift music video for Wildest Dreams has social media users up in arms with accusations that the  pop star is glamorising a "colonial fantasy of Africa". Taylor’s newest music video offering was aired during the 2015 MTV VMA’s and features a love story between Taylor and the handsome Scott Eastwood (son of acting legend Clint Eastwood), set against the backdrop of what appears to be a 1950s film-set in Africa. In the music video the two beautiful stars can be seen passionately embracing and staring into each other’s eyes, with the sweeping African plains behind them.

'Our only goal was to tell a tragic love story'

While most fans were marvelling at the chemistry between Taylor and her hot love interest some were mulling over the video’s racist undertones and lack of non-white people. According to the Huffington Post the clip which was intended to evoke old-Hollywood “felt a lot like some harkening back to white colonialism.”

The usually outspoken Taylor has not yet made any comment on the matter but the music video’s director Joseph Kahn has piped up in defence of the clip saying that it’s not about colonialism but is merely a ‘love story’.

"We collectively decided it would have been historically inaccurate to load the crew with more black actors as the video would have been accused of rewriting history,” said Joseph who also directed Taylor’s award-winning music video for Blank Space. According to Joseph the concept behind the video clip was inspired by classic romantic movies set in Africa, such as; The African Queen and Out of Africa. “There is no political agenda in the video,” explains Joseph, “…our only goal was to tell a tragic love story in classic Hollywood iconography."

The social media storm has, however, only served to generate more hype for the controversial music video which has been viewed nearly 20 million times on YouTube.

Sources: bbc.com, huffingtonpost.com, cnn.com

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