In Taylor Swift’s newest video, “Wildest Dreams,” critics argued that Swift had a lack of diversity due to having an all-white cast.
Taylor Swift faces the music once again with the criticism!
The singers newest video which she premiered on the red carpet during the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards, is being blasted critics for glorifying white colonialism, and for using Africa as the setting for a tale based only on white people.
Swift is characterized as an early-20th-century movie star who’s head-over-heels with her married co-star, played by Scott Eastwood, while filming a movie in Africa. The video has shots of an African scenery as well as animals.
The argument is that everything is based on Africa but contains only white people. Critics feel as though it is inappropriate in 2015, according to USA Today.
NPR stated all the facts about colonialism and Taylor Swift:
“Here are some facts for Swift and her team: Colonialism was neither romantic nor beautiful. It was exploitative and brutal. The legacy of colonialism still lives quite loudly to this day. Scholars have argued that poor economic performance, weak property rights and tribal tensions across the continent can be traced to colonial strategies. So can other woes. In a place full of devastation and lawlessness, diseases spread like wildfire, conflict breaks out and dictators grab power.”
According to USA Today, director of “Wildest Dreams,” Joseph Kahn, who also directed “Blank Space” and “Bad Blood,” states:
“Wildest Dreams is a song about a relationship that was doomed, and the music video concept was that they were having a love affair on location away from their normal lives. This is not a video about colonialism but a love story on the set of a period film crew in Africa,1950. There are black Africans in the video in a number of shots, but I rarely cut to crew faces outside of the director as the vast majority of screentime is Taylor and Scott.”
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, according to Kahn.
In addition, Kahn states:
“The reality is not only were there people of color in the video, but the key creatives who worked on this video are people of color. I am Asian American, the producer Jil Hardin is an African American woman, and the editor Chancler Haynes is an African American man. We cast and edited this video. We collectively decided it would have been historicially 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 and we are all proud of our work.”