In defense

Director of Taylor Swift’s ‘colonial fantasy’ video defends his work

Kahn and Swift at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

The director of Taylor Swift’s “Wildest Dreams” music video, Joseph Kahn, shot back against those who consider the work a representation of a “glamorous version of the white colonial fantasy of Africa” in an email to NPR. “This is not a video about colonialism but a love story on the set of a period film crew in Africa, 1950,” he said, comparing the video’s premise to the set of classic films like Out of Africa and The English Patient. Kahn said the video, which was also criticized for failure to show black Africans, has “no political agenda.” “We collectively decided it would have been historically inaccurate to load the crew with more black actors as the video would have been accused of rewriting history,” he explained, noting, “the key creatives who worked on this video are people of color.”

Read the full story at NPR.

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