Earl Sweatshirt calls Taylor Swift's new video "inherently offensive and ultimately harmful".
The debut of Earl Sweatshirt came with a video that certainly offended some people, but yesterday it was Earl who was pointing out the problematic aspects of Taylor Swift's new clip. Unlike Sweatshirt's shock-inducing "EARL" visual, Taylor's "Shake It Off" is seemingly unaware of it's potentially harmful message, which the Odd Future rapper pointed out on Twitter yesterday.
The video finds Swift dancing among twerking women, an approach that has already been criticized as appropriation and exploitation with artists like Miley Cyrus, and Lily Allen. Despite claiming to not have seen the video, Earl dismissed it as "inherently offensive and ultimately harmful", going on to say that "Shake It Off" is "perpetuating black stereotypes to the same demographic of white girls who hide their prejudice by proclaiming their love of the culture."
View Earl's tweets, and watch the video below. Do you agree with his stance?
[Update: Video's Director Responds]
"Iâm a fan of his and I think heâs a really interesting artist. (I posted a Vine to one of his tracks once). But he stated clearly that he hadnât seen the video and didnât even intend to watch it. So, respectfully, that sort of invalidates his observations from the get-go. And itâs this one uninformed tweet that got reported on and rehashed, which started this whole âcontroversy.â We simply choose styles of dance that we thought would be popular and amusing and cast the best dancers that were presented to us without much regard to race or ethnicity. If you look at it carefully, itâs a massively inclusive piece. Itâs very, very innocently and positively intentioned. And â letâs remember â itâs a satirical piece. Itâs playing with a whole range of music-video tropes and clichÃ©s and stereotypes."
Do you think he has a point, or are you still with Earl on this one?