Taylor Swift’s latest music video Wildest Dreams is being slammed by critics and fans for being ‘racist’.
The video takes place on movie set in Africa in the 1940’s and has a mainly white cast with Taylor playing a Hollywood starlet who has fallen for her white costar (Scott Eastwood).
Many have described the video, which was released at the MTV VMA Awards pre-show, as ‘colonial garbage’ on Twitter and in a number of editorials.
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NPR’s Viviane Rutabingwa, said: ‘We are shocked to think that in 2015, Taylor Swift, her record label and her video production group would think it was OK to film a video that presents a glamorous version of the white colonial fantasy of Africa.’
The Daily Dot’s Nico Lang wrote: ‘Even the most casual observer would have noticed that – for a clip that’s set in Africa – it’s about as white as a Sunday morning farmer’s market.
Video Director Joseph Kahn has come to the defense of Tay Tay, saying in a statement that the video does include black people and was produced by a black woman and edited by a black man.
‘There is no political agenda in the video. Our only goal was to tell a tragic love story in classic Hollywood iconography. Furthermore, this video has been singled out, yet there have been many music videos depicting Africa,’ he said in the statement.
‘These videos have traditionally not been lessons in African history. Let’s not forget, Taylor has chosen to donate all of her proceeds from this video to the African Parks Foundation to preserve the endangered animals of the continent and support the economies of local African people.’
What do you think? It Taylor Swift’s new video racist?