Taylor Swift video under fire for romanticizing ‘colonial fantasy of Africa’

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Another day, another pop star in need of a history lesson: Taylor Swift has been accused of “embodying the political exploitation of a region and its people” with her latest music video for “Wildest Dreams.” Set in 1950s Africa, the video features giraffes, lions and zebras, but primarily white people. Critics say its style appeals to European colonization fantasies and romanticizes an era that ultimately exploited African people. “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,” bloggers for NPR wrote. She’s not the only white pop star to be accused of racial insensitivity this week — Miley Cyrus came under fire for wearing white dreadlocks to MTV’s Video Music Awards, a move that has been deemed culturally appropriative.

Read the full story and see the video at The Guardian.


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