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Taylor Swift video director fires back at twerking criticism


The director of Taylor Swift's new "Shake It Off" video has fired back at criticism suggesting the video promoted African-American stereotypes. Scenes in which Swift appears alongside and underneath twerking dancers, have upset some people, who claim she is simply poking fun at black culture.

Odd Future rapper Earl Sweatshirt went so far as to call the video "inherently offensive and ultimately harmful" in a social media post earlier this week. He added, "It's perpetuating black stereotypes to the same demographic of white girls who hide their prejudice by proclaiming their love of the culture." Now, director Mark Romanek is fighting back, stating, "I think, if Earl Sweatshirt was open-minded enough to take the four minutes to watch it, he might see what the larger, humanistic, and utterly color-blind message was intended to be."

Romanek tells Vulture, "I'm a fan of his and I think he's a really interesting artist. But he stated clearly that he hadn't seen the video and didn't even intend to watch it. So, respectfully, that sort of invalidates his observations from the get-go. And it's this one uninformed tweet that got reported on and rehashed, which started this whole 'controversy.' We simply choose styles of dance that we thought would be popular and amusing and cast the best dancers that were presented to us without much regard to race or ethnicity. If you look at it carefully, it's a massively inclusive piece. It's very, very innocently and positively intentioned. And -- let's remember -- it's a satirical piece. It's playing with a whole range of music-video tropes and cliches and stereotypes."

Aug 29, 2014 9:50AM
Poking fun at black culture?  Culture?  The culture of sullen, no-talent rappers and hip-hoppers cashing in on their gangsta image?  The culture that makes martyrs out of criminals?  The culture of shrieking black female vocalists who can't seem to decide if they are singers, strippers, or hookers?  Rap and hip-hop are the biggest 'pox' on music since disco (but at least disco was actually music.  Rap and hip-hop, because there is no melody, is not music at all).  Perhaps it's time for all of us to express how sick we are of black 'culture'.  Blacks need to get a sense of humor, a sense of community, and a sense of family and stop putting stock in comments from no-talent morons like Earl Sweatband, or T-shirt - or whatever the f*** his name is.
Aug 29, 2014 8:23AM
but I bet this is the most mentions "Earl Sweatshirt" has gotten in any media outlet in his life..  Brilliant!
Aug 29, 2014 8:19AM

I think Taylor would (did) say ... "Haters gonna Hate Hate Hate Hate .. " ;)

   Ironic lyric from that very song

Aug 29, 2014 8:16AM
earl sweatshirt got his .15 seconds of fame. began as a white man's sport.
later, it became and international sport - played by all races.  yawnnnnnnnnnnnnnn!
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