Thank goodness the director of Taylor Swift’s new video is setting the record straight. The pc crowd is at it again picking apart Swift’s video with criticism that it’s too white. Anyone with common sense knows this video is done like any period piece and is true to the times portrayed. The silliness with the lefty pc crowd earns them no fans when they pull idiotic stunts like this.
‘This is not a video about colonialism but a love story on the set of a period film crew in Africa, 1950,’ says Joseph Kahn
The director of Taylor Swift’s Wildest Dreams video has defended the singer amid accusations that her new video, set in “Africa, 1950,” has racist connotations.
In a statement issued on Wednesday 2 September, Joseph Kahn, who also directed Swift’s Bad Blood and Blank Space videos, opposed criticism from bloggers and social media users who attacked its mostly white cast and suggested that it presented an “African colonial fantasy”.
Kahn said: “We collectively decided it would have been historically inaccurate to load the crew with more black actors as the video would have been accused of rewriting history. This video is set in the past by a crew set in the present.”
Wildest Dreams, reportedly shot in Botswana and South Africa, follows the pop star as she plays the part of a Hollywood actor who falls in love with her co-star on set.
In his public statement, Kahn explained: “This is not a video about colonialism but a love story on the set of a period film crew in Africa, 1950.”
He added: “The video is based on classic Hollywood romances like Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, as well as classic movies like The African Queen, Out of Africa and The English Patient, to name a few.”
Kahn also said there were black actors featured in a “number of shots” but the video mainly honed in on the video’s leading roles, Swift and actor Scott Eastwood.
“The reality is not only were there people of colour in the video, but the key creatives who worked on this video are people of colour. I am Asian American, the producer Jil Hardin is an African-American woman, and the editor Chancler Haynes is an African-American man.”
Taylor Swift, who has yet to comment on the controversy surrounding the video, will donate the proceeds made from this video to the African Parks Foundation to “preserve the endangered animals of the continent and support the economies of local African people,” Kahn said.
CNN’S LEFTY TAKE ON THE VIDEO:
While many fans are talking about the steamy chemistry between Taylor Swift and Scott Eastwood in her new music video, the singer is taking heat for an altogether different reason.
Swift is accused of channeling colonialism in the video for her single “Wildest Dreams.” In it, she portrays an actress shooting a film with the handsome Eastwood (Clint’s son) in Africa. There’s plenty of wildlife and passionate kisses set against a stunning landscape, but it’s what’s missing that has some folks buzzing.
“The singer debuted her vid for ‘Wildest Dreams’ at the VMAs Sunday night, and even the most casual observer would have noticed that — for a clip that’s set in Africa — it’s about as white as a Sunday morning farmer’s market,” Nico Lang writes for The Daily Dot. “The video wants to have its old-school Hollywood romance but ends up eating some old-school Hollywood racism, too.”
Lauren Duca of the Huffington Post writes that the video “sure felt a lot like some harkening back to white colonialism.”
Swift is also being taken to task on social media.
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Via: The Guardian