Babies are being dismembered for parts but let’s be morally outraged at Taylor Swift.
Taylor Swift is white, if you haven’t noticed. Obviously, apart from some major makeup, she is going to portray herself as a white woman in her videos. (And if she attempted to appear African American, she would be guilty of “black face” mockery, so let’s be glad she doesn’t try that).
So Taylor Swift chose to portray a predominately white culture in Africa. So what? Are people under the impression that the continent only belongs to black people? That is not true. To this day there are whites who have lived in Africa for generations, call Africa their homes, and who consider themselves Africans.
These people are far more deserving of the title “African” than American blacks who have never been to Africa.
So now those associated with Taylor Swift’s video have to defend themselves. Thus, Reuters reports, “Director hits back at critics of Taylor Swift’s African video.”
The director of Taylor Swift’s new music video set in Africa struck back on Wednesday at mounting criticism of the scarcity of black people in the mini-film and its romanticized portrayal of the continent.
“Wildest Dreams,” a love story filmed against a backdrop of giraffes, lions, waterfalls and stunning sunsets, has been viewed more than 15 million times since it was released on Monday to accompany the American pop superstar’s latest single.
Although Swift is donating all proceeds to the African Parks Foundation of America, critics have seized on the video as portraying a stereotyped colonial-era view of Africa.
“So thank you, Taylor Swift, for proving once again that African stereotypes are safe atop the pinnacle of American pop culture,” wrote Matt Carotenuto, who teaches African studies at New York state’s St. Lawrence University, in an article on Wednesday on Salon.com.
Hopefully Swift can just “shake it off” and ignore moronic critics.
Are period pieces about white communities in Africa really now forbidden? It seems so:
In an article for National Public Radio’s website, James Kaaga Arinaitwe and Viviane Rutabingwa, who have both lived and worked in several African countries, said Swift was not the first person to use the continent as a backdrop for romantic tales.
“We are shocked to think that in 2015, Taylor Swift, her record label and her video production group would think it was OK to film a video that presents a glamorous version of the white colonial fantasy of Africa,” they added.
I would like to say I am shocked by these stupid, baseless condemnations, but sadly I’m not. Stupid, baseless condemnations are the habit of Liberals.
Director Joseph Kahn said the “Wildest Dreams” video depicted a love story on the set of a period film in Africa in 1950.
Kahn said there were black Africans in the video in background shots but that it would have been “historically inaccurate to load the crew with more black actors as the video would have been accused of rewriting history.”
I’m glad Kahn stated the obvious. But his critics are not capable of reason. Or else they are not interested in it.
We are told we need an “honest conversation” about race. But people who are this childish and resentful and bullying are never going to be capable of anything honest.
Rational people of all races should simply stop talking about race. There is no point. The intelligent people don’t need to say anything and the others can’t accomplish anything constructive by what they say.