Taylor’s video called racist: Taylor Swift Wildest Dreams

Published: September 4, 2015

Taylor’s video called racist: Taylor Swift Wildest Dreams, 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.


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