Taylor Swift announced her upcoming album, 1989, on Monday by releasing a music video for the first single, "Shake It Off." The video features, among other things, Swift dancing alongside twerking, break-dancing black back-up dancers—and not everyone is happy about it. Odd Future rapper Earl Sweatshirt tweeted that the video was "inherently offensive and ultimately harmful," "perpetuating black stereotypes to the same demographic of white girls who hide their prejudice by proclaiming their love of the culture." His bandmate Flan Emoji also weighed in: "You know what this Taylor Swift video is missing? Some nice graffiti by Bieber. Let's be urban, everyone!" One writer notes that, considering the situation in Ferguson, Swift "picked the wrong week for this sappy, ready-made Target commercial cut where she celebrates her true self by crawling through a bridge of brown and black women's butts."
Posted August 21st, 2014 @ 8:23am