Taylor Swift’s Wildest Dreams video has come under fire for glamorising African colonialism.
The video, which has now been viewed over 16 million times since its debut on Sunday, is being attacked by various groups for featuring wild animals, and for racial discrimination.
‘Taylor Swift is dressed as a colonial-era woman on African soil. With just a few exceptions, the cast in the video – the actors playing her boyfriend and a movie director and his staff – all appear to be white, an article by NPR has slammed.
But director Joseph Kahn has hit back.
‘This is not a video about colonialism but a love story on the set of a period film crew in Africa, 1950’, he said in a statement. ‘The reality is not only were there people of colour in the video, but the key creatives who worked on this video are people of color.
‘I am Asian American, the producer Jil Hardin is an African American woman, and the editor Chancler Haynes is an African American man,’ he continued. ‘We cast and edited this video. 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. This video is set in the past by a crew set in the present and we are all proud of our work.’
Set in the wild African planes, Taylor is seen being romanced by Hollywood hunk Scott Eastwood as they star as the leads in a big movie production.
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But while the love is flowing on-screen, and a brunette wig-clad Swifty is seen falling for her dreamy heartthrob, her heart is soon broken once they return to real life and he goes back to his wife.
And have you heard about the 25-year-old’s actual boyfriend, Calvin Harris, making a secret cameo in the video?
In the most amazing conspiracy theory we’ve heard all week, people are saying that actually, the Scottish DJ makes a secret cameo in the video. Huh?!
Let us explain. If you’ve seen the video, you will have noticed that throughout her tumultuous romance with Scott, there’s a lion lurking in the background during several scenes of the video.
As well as stalking the planes and watching Taylor closely with a protective eye on set, the handsome beast is then seen sitting beside Swifty as she nurses a broken heart after a fight with her leading man, all big scary mane and fierce growl.
And on the night of the VMAs, Calvin only went and changed his Instagram profile picture to a LION. Yep.
Did Taylor and Calvin mastermind this whole thing together? Is Harris trying to say he’s Swifty’s knight-in-shining armour?
Is the lion really a representation of the DJ’s love and protection of his pop star lady? It would certainly seem so.
Naw, you too. Cutest private joke ever.