Taylor Swift debuted her new video for “Wildest Dreams” at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, and soon after was met with an slew of controversy. Multiple media outlets described the music video, which features Swift and Scott Eastwood shooting a fake movie somewhere in colonial-era Africa, as “racist” and condemed it for romanticizing white colonialism. NPR slammed the video for it’s nearly all-white cast in the African landscapes, writing, “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.”
But the video’s director, Joseph Kahn, seems to think all of the controversy and claims of racism are refuted by one simple fact: a black woman produced the video. But not just any black woman, a “super hot” one.
So it totally can’t be racist, right? Especially since she’s not just kinda hot or lukewarm hot. Solid defense, dude.
Swift has yet to speak out about the controversy, but at least we now have some advice for filmmakers. Just hire a good-looking black woman to work on all of your projects and feel free to be as racist and sexist as possible. Free pass!
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