Taylor Swift just released new video for “Wildest Dream” and while she probably expected to be praised for her latest work, people accused her video for being racist.
The story in the video is about couple in love in 1940’s in Africa, and that time is known for exploiting Africans by white people. The other thing is that cast for this video is all white. Video was shot in southern Africa.
“She packages our continent as the backdrop for her romantic songs devoid of any African person or storyline, and she sets the video in a time when the people depicted by Swift and her co-stars killed, dehumanized and traumatized millions of Africans. That is beyond problematic.” This has been written by James Kassaga Arinaitwe, a member of Global Health Corps and a public service worker from Uganda.
The director of the video twitted on his account trying to defend the video and the whole project.This is how he defended himself from accusation that he romanticized a brutal time in African history:
“My long time producer Jil Hardin who did Power/Rangers, Blank Space, Wildest Dreams is a (super hot) black woman FYI”
“Fyi I say we shot it in “Africa” because I shot it on more than one country. Botswanna and South Africa.”
But this is not the first time this happened to Tyler. Do you remember her video “Shake It Off” that was made year ago. The cast was almost all-black in twerking segment, but all-white in ballet scene.
Whether you think that this music videos are racist or not is up to you, but she would surely could put some more thinking in to making her next video, so nobody would get offended.