Even though racism continues to be a problem in today’s society, nobody ever thought Taylor Swift would be the poster woman for the social disease. Somehow, Taylor Swift’s video for “Wildest Dreams” was accused of all the social justice warrior terms one can think of. Lauren Duca from the Huffington Post accused Ms. Swift of colonialism.
“Instead of the cultural appropriation that has become almost status quo in today’s pop music, Swift has opted for the bolder option of actually just embodying the political exploitation of a region and its people. It’s brave, really.”
“The cracks in Taylor Swift’s seemingly flawless public persona were bound to appear, and it has felt as though the tide has started to turn against the world’s biggest pop star this summer.”
The Guardian goes on to note that even though Swift is still very popular, this video (and other events) are making people question her sweet girl-next-door image. What’s interesting is that 99 percent of the comments after these critiques are pro-Taylor Swift. Even after the Guardian’s article, many are defending Swift.
“Oh for pity’s sake, it’s just a frothy pop video, nothing more, nothing less. Stop looking for hidden meaning where there is none, & get over yourselves,” says bruciethefish.
“What a ludicrous article this is, the type which just makes The Guardian website into the left-wing equivalent of The Daily Mail online. Did the author actually watch the video?” questions Sliminha.
People are especially defending Taylor Swift on Twitter.
“I’m all for Taylor Swift being criticized at every turn, but can we stop w/ the faux outrage over every damn thing?” exclaims TestosteRON.
“I watched the video like 737268 times & I see nothing racist but the most beautiful piece of art,” says TS_1989.
The director of the video, Joseph Khan, took the media to task for what he thought was nothing but faux outrage. However, the Huffington Post didn’t accept his apology and didn’t like that Khan indicated that a “hot” black woman produced the video.
“Swift has yet to speak out about the controversy, but at least we now have some advice for filmmakers. Just hire a good-looking black woman to work on all of your projects and feel free to be as racist and sexist as possible. Free pass!” says writer Erin Whitney.
What do you think of the controversy. Are people just out to get Taylor Swift by accusing her of racism? Let us know in the comments section.
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