likes: taylor swift and cute boys mostly
dislikes: not hearing the 5th album
Okay, so my name is Mckenzie. I like Taylor Swift, The All-American Rejects, and Ashton Irwin. I make a lot of text posts and swear frequently.
Taylor will be performing ”Shake It Off” at the 2014 Deutscher Radiopreis in Hamburg, Germany on September 4, 2014.
So I watched this music video, and this is in fact completely untrue. There are many scenes in which black/brown girls are casted.
One could conceivably argue that any white star who features twerking in a music video is automatically being exploitative.
However, that was not my perception of this video in particular. It actually appeared to me the director took pains to portray a variety of dance styles (ballet, interpretive dance, rhythmic gymnastics, break dancing, twerking, cheerleading, etc.) all as equally valid art forms. Every performing group in the video includes a variety of ethnicities. I think I did actually see a black/brown dancer in the ballet troupe, though it’s difficult to tell. Look in the rear left of this gif:
We don’t know if they cast individual dancers or hired a dance troupe, so if black women are underrepresented that might say more about the dance troupe’s selection practices than the video director’s casting practices.
All the styles of dance, ballet or otherwise are presented in the same fashion — talented professionals being brilliant + Taylor Swift being endearingly incompetent. The black women in the video aren’t portrayed as Taylor’s dancing accessories, but rather as experts in their style:
Moreover, at the end of the video there’s a sequence showing all the different professionals being silly and dancing in a non-choreographed manner, thereby humanizing them, showing they exist outside of their role as dancers in Taylor’s video:
I think if we interpret the twerking scenes in this video as demeaning, that says more about our cultural perception of black women than it does about this particular video’s specific portrayal of black women.
BOLDED THE LAST BIT. COZ ITS THE EXACT FEELING I GOT FROM ALL THIS.
when you make a good comeback but then you stutter on the last word
her suit tho omg
I love wedding photos of strangers. I don’t even know you but I’m so happy that you’re happy and you look so lovely and it’s so wonderful and affirming somehow. I don’t know. Wedding photos make me happy.
Remember when we all thought that radio DJ was posting lyrics from a rap song, but was really posting lyrics to Shake It Off