Taylor Swift Releases Racist “Shake It Off” Video


Taylor Swift "Shake It Up" video

Taylor Swift dressed as a black woman in a stereotypical tight updo, gold chains, and high waisted shorts

Odd Future’s rapper Earl Sweatshirt took to Twitter early Tuesday to call out Taylor Swift on her new video “Shake it Off” which promotes racial stereotypes.

Earl Sweatshirt tweeted, “Havent watched the taylor swift video and I don’t need to watch it to tell you that it’s inherently offensive and ultimately harmful.” He also posted, “Perpetuating black stereotypes to the same demographic of white girls who hide their prejudice by proclaiming their love of the culture,” he continued,” and concluded writing, “For instance, those of you who are afraid of black people but love that in 2014 it’s ok for you to be trill or twerk or say n—a.”

With these three tweets, Early Sweatshirt opened the floodgates of criticism on Swift as people express reduced tolerance for racism in the wake of the national tragedy in Ferguson, Missouri. The situation in Ferguson is seen by many as a blatant example that racism is still going strong in the United States. Twitter users pointed out that while graceful ballerinas were white, most twerking dancers were African American.

But many believe that Swift isn’t really a racist; she’s just a country singer who has shown poor judgment while branching off into pop music. With no experience with African American culture, she may not be aware of how offensive her video really is. Swift will have to find another way to increase her fame besides trying to appropriate black culture while claiming that she’s “anti-Miley (Cyrus)”.

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