Taylor Swift's "Wildest Dreams" music video dropped at the 2015 MTV VMAs to all sorts of fanfare, but it's causing major drama now! The video and its director, Joseph Kahn, have been accused of promoting colonialism because it is set in Botswana and South Africa, but features no people of color.
However, he totally denies the accusations!
"This is not a video about colonialism but a love story on the set of a period film crew in Africa, 1950. I rarely cut to crew faces outside of the director as the vast majority of screen time is Taylor and Scott [Eastwood]," the director told NPR.
He says that he used classic movies as a visual reference point.
"The video is based on classic Hollywood romances like Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, as well as classic movies like The African Queen, Out of Africa, and The English Patient, to name a few."
And insists that people should focus on the fact that the makers of the video are people of color.
"The reality is not only were there people of color 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 added.
"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."
The "Shake It Off" singer hasn't responded to the accusations yet, so it seems like she's letting the work speak for itself.
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