racism in music video
by kessmcrae on September 10, 2015 - 9:22pm
In the article, “Taylor Swift's 'Wildest Dreams' video draws backlash for racism” written by Kelly Lawler submitted to USA today on September 3rd, 2015, the author states that Taylor swifts new music video for her song “Wildest Dreams” has some racist components. The music video depicts Taylor Swift as an actress in the early 20th century who falls in love with her handsome co-star who happens to be married, while they are filming a film in the African savannah. The author states that the music video has a very colonialist feel, people still feel strongly about the history of colonialism in Africa, since it was a terrible time in history. In Swifts video, the beautiful African savannah is show casted and many animals are seen in the background but no indigenous people are shown. The author states that swift has been accused of “accidental racism”, this music video was about to be about a romantic couple film based in the savannah but it ended up having some after taste of racism.
In my opinion, the music video “Wildest Dreams” is not racist. One main point of conflict is that the video is based in colonial times, Taylor swift loves all thing vintage, the 20th century was a lovely time period. Africa is not show casted badly in the video, yes you do not see the true side of Africa but the beauty is seen. Nowhere in the video is there a indigenous person, many people think that is bad but it’s an American movie being filmed in Africa, the production crew isn’t going to be made up of Africans, they’re going to bring their own professional make up artists, tech crew and more. It s a music video, people need to stop looking at every little detail and enjoy the music which is what its all about. Its about a doomed romance, that’s it that’s all, there is nothing racist. According to Jared Diamond, we need to stop the arbitrary system of classifying races. Everything has to be about race, Nicki Minaj can make a video of her in a thong showing off her almost naked body and no one turns their heads but as soon as Taylor swift goes to Africa everyone freaks out and calls her racist. It is the 21st century and people are still seeing race and racism, Taylor Swift did not do it intentionally, people need to stop taking things personally when it is not done in a hurtful way. If Taylor was trying to be racist she would have been making black people work for her or had them chained up and stuff, yes that would be racist but there is nothing racist about her video. At the end of the day it is a music video and people need to see as just that and nothing else.
- Lawler, K. (2015, September 3). Taylor Swift's 'Wildest Dreams' video draws backlash for racism. Retrieved September 10, 2015.
- Diamond, J. (1994, November 4). Race without color. Retrieved September 11, 2015.