Taylor Swift's Wildest Dreams video forgot Africa has black people
LOS ANGELES — Taylor Swift's new video Wildest Dreams is supposed to be about a love story set in 1950s Africa. The only problem is they chose to tell it from a white colonialist perspective. Swift plays an actress who falls in love with her co-star, surrounded by a predominantly caucasian cast.
The video shows Swift singing in the African savannah surrounded by lions, giraffes and zebras, but for some reason no Africans. Well, there are two black guys in the music video if you look all the way in the background, but don't blink because you'll miss them.
Director Joseph Kahn has said the focus on white characters is a matter of historical accuracy and an homage to racist Hollywood flicks like The African Queen and Out of Africa.
Kahn went on to say: "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 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 and we are all proud of our work."
Kahn added that Taylor would be donating all of her proceeds from Wildest Dreams to the African Parks Foundation to preserve the endangered animals of the continent. Guess that makes it all okay then.
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