Okay, I wasn't going to write anything more about Taylor Swift if I could help it. She's decided she wants to go all-out pop and that's cool, I support her decision wholeheartedly. Heck, I'll probably even buy her CD when it comes out October 27 because, despite how much I make fun of her and tease her, I really like me some Taylor Swift.
Unfortunately, the overly sensitive people of the world have decided that Taylor's new video for Shake It Up makes her "dangerous" and a racist.
It all started, or at least I started hearing the racism card thrown around, after a rapper I've never heard of named Earl Sweatshirt decided to tweet the accusation.
haven't watched the taylor swift video and I don't need to watch it to tell you that it's inherently offensive and ultimately harmful
perpetuating black stereotypes to the same demographic of white girls who hide their prejudice by proclaiming their love of the culture
If you haven't watched the video then why the hell are you commenting? What sense does that make?
It seems that the problem people are having with Taylor's new video is her appearance with the twerkers where she's dressed in tons of gold jewelry, slicked back hair, and booty shorts. Truth be told, when I watched the video the look Taylor's sporting above reminded me of the Fly Girls from In Living Color far more than anything else, but that's beside the point. The fact is, in the video Taylor's dressed as everything from a ballerina to a break dancer to an EDM/Lady Gaga-esque dancer. There are white people, black people, Latinos – the video's pretty much a rainbow of dancers.
Google twerking and tell me what outfits you see girls wearing, both black and white. Trust me, the outfit worn in Taylor's video is tame by comparison, but still a pretty good representation of what a lot of the twerking ladies out there are wearing, both black and white. I'm not exactly thinking this is a black stereotype thing but rather a twerker stereotype thing. Unfortunately, thanks to Miley Cyrus, twerking has become mainstream and crosses all color borders.
I guess maybe Taylor should have just went ahead and gone full on Miley Cyrus and hid everyone behind giant teddy bears. Maybe that would have made everyone happy and kept her from the criticism.
Yeah, probably not.
Perhaps rather than accusing Taylor Swift of being racist because she wore a Fly-Girl-esque outfit in a video singing the praises of just having fun and ignoring those trying to bring you down (talk about irony), the haters and boohooers out there should be more worried about singers such as Nicki Minaj who seem dead set on showing the world that all black girls are good for are lap dances, big booties, and sex, sex, sex.
Seriously, I watched Minaj's new video for Anaconda today and was absolutely sad and embarrassed that this is the kind of crap that kids are watching and thinking is okay.
While Taylor's video is being called out all over the web as being racist because she wore an outfit consisting of booty shorts and big earrings (and OMG! white ballerinas), Minaj's video is being hailed as dripping with sexuality, overheated, seductive, and a provocative visual. Every dancer in Minaj's video is African American. What message does that send? Where are the white girls with big round butts? I'm officially calling Nicki Minaj out for perpetuating the stereotype that white women don't have bootylicious butts suitable for a music video full of big round butts.
She's a butt racist.
What? That's ridiculous? Tell me about it.
I don't know about you but I'd much rather the kids of the world be exposed to Taylor's nonexistent racism than Minaj's sexuality any day.