Taylor Swift has hit the wrong end of the stick with Africans after she released the video for her single, Wildest Dreams. The video shot in Africa (location undisclosed), also features Scott Eastwood as her lover.
Many fans have called the video a fantasy about colonialism and racism as it depicts a 1950-ish Africa with an all white cast, and wild animals. No people of color even though they are in Africa.
Here are some of the comments we’ve gotten from Twitter reactions:
Taylor Swift donated the proceeds of her video to an *African* wildlife park. Because are no people in Africa, only animals.
— Zoé S. (@ztsamudzi) August 31, 2015
Taylor Swift’s video looked like a colonialist wet dream. Only white people in Africa and some animals. — Suleiman (@Payitforward87) August 31, 2015
— Brett Gelman (@brettgelman) August 31, 2015
I’m dying that Taylor Swift filmed a “1950’s Africa themed” music video like most countries weren’t still colonies and just animals roaming
— mango (@lunarnomad) September 1, 2015
Dear @TaylorSwift13. Africa is not a simplification of beauty, erasure of African people or some untamed wonderland for white fantasies.
— Colorlines.com (@Colorlines) September 2, 2015
“Taylor Swift really went to Africa to film a music video with only white people.” — smile more often ◡̈⃝ (@meechonmars) September 3, 2015
No word from Taylor Swift yet, but the video director, Joseph Kahn, had this to say about the video:
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.
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.
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