Taylor Swift is arguably the biggest star of 2015, and that has made her a huge target for a number of issues. Although the video for “Wildest Dreams” certainly had no intention of ruffling up racial feathers, she was accused of colonialism by the Huffington Post.
“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.”
Many commenters defended Swift after the article. However, Pacific Standard went right to the chase and accused Swift of white supremacy in her new video.
“There are black people in this image of Africa, but they are in the background, serving. Otherwise, they are absent. This is Africa as a backdrop for white people taking selfies. This is Africa as white-supremacist fantasy, Africa as a romantic prop.”
“New Zealand residents and conservationists alleged this week that Swift’s crew violated rules meant to protect the critically endangered New Zealand dottorel [sic], also called the New Zealand plover, by driving vehicles (including vans) on important habitat for the species.”
Gawker adds that the crew was given permission by the Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development to drive two vehicles on the beach, but observers saw as many as a dozen at the site. Twitter has been very angry at Taylor Swift.
There have been some people on Twitter who have defended Swift. According to Stuff.co.nz, Swift’s crew has apologized for the event.
“The kiwi production company behind Taylor Swift’s Bethells Beach music video has responded to outcry after they allegedly flouted council permits to protect nesting dotterel on the West Coast beach.”
The article adds that Cherokee Films issued a statement that defends Swift. They also denied any harm was caused to the rare birds. On top of it all, they offered a donation to the dotterel breeding program.
It’s quite likely that Taylor Swift is, once again, caught completely by surprise regarding the controversy. However, with a year like 2015, she’ll just learn to shake it off. Taylor Swift’s 1989 World Tour has grossed more than $200 million dollars with multiple stadium date sellouts, something that hasn’t been achieved by a female artist since Madonna’s Who’s That Girl Tour in 1987. Within the past year, Swift has scored several hit singles: “Shake it Off,” “Blank Space,” “Style,” “Bad Blood,” and “Wildest Dreams.” Taylor Swift says she is preparing to take a long break — something she definitely deserves.
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