Some People Are Saying Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off' Video Is Racist

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Throughout her decade-long career, Taylor Swift has done an impressive job at avoiding controversy, at least when it comes to her music. (Her romantic life is another story.)

But yesterday, Swift released a new song and video for "Shake It Off," the first taken from her new album 1989, and some people are saying the video is kind of racist.

The video sees Swift dancing in a variety of situations, in a variety of outfits, with a variety of different people who are a variety of different sizes and colors. It's clearly meant to be fun and  tongue-in-cheek, but in the Age of Think Pieces (the official name of the era spanning 2010 - present), that doesn't necessarily matter.

The most widely cited dissenter (so far) is Earl Sweatshirt, member of the hip hop collective Odd Future. He let his feelings be known in a series of tweets:

     

This video is so controversial one doesn't even need to watch it in order to have an opinion on it! Others have also taken to Twitter (and, of course, to blogs) to share similar opinions:     

What do you think? Is Swift's new video racist? Are people just overreacting? Should we all just agree that white people should stay away from twerking? Either way, Swift can take heart from the fact that she is in good company when it comes to these kinds of accusations:

[Katy Perry performs at the 2013 American Music Awards dressed as a geisha.]

[Miley Cyrus' controversial "We Can't Stop" video.]

Watch the "Shake It Out" video below:

 

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  • Jade White
    Jade White

    omg that song/video is not racist she is showing the types of dancing that people do and that even though there are all sorts of haters out that that to do what you love to do and shake/ dance it off and not give a crap what they have say

  • Jade White
    Jade White

    omg that song/video is racist she is showing the types of dancing that people do and that even though there are all sorts of haters out that that to do what you love to do and shake/ dance it off and not give a crap what they have say

  • Milly Santiago
    Milly Santiago

    I prefer rock music but this is not racism, it makes me laugh how quick pple are to jump to racism, lol it's silly

  • Milly Santiago
    Milly Santiago

    I don't think it's racist, profiles different types of dances from assorted genres. I guess.

  • Brandon Miller
    Brandon Miller

    now im the racist. i hope a black cop shoots me and beaver falls uprises

  • Brandon Miller
    Brandon Miller

    only black people find it offensive, especially with the ferguson issue going on. everyone is a racist anymore, black people are more racist than white. fact. what is nicki minajs video about? twerking.. and its wrong for taylor to have black people twerking? seems like blacks just want more welfare and benefits because theyre black.

  • Chefjoseph Allen
    Chefjoseph Allen

    Not even close to being a racist video.. People that are looking for garbage , should work for the sanitation department..G.A.F.G

  • islandboy1177
    islandboy1177

    People are overreacting. She is just representing a part of popculture in the video.

  • ubertroy
    ubertroy

    I hope no one really feeds into this bulls!it. I don't see anything racist about this video. If you want to fight racism, fight the real problems, government and corporate America. This isn't racism. It's exclusion. Some black person wants to cry every time a white person adopts an idea that someone thinks should be indigenous to blacks. I really wish some people would learn not to sweat the small stuff. If you think this video is racist, chance are you can never be satisfied.

  • Tim Wilson
    Tim Wilson

    Stereotypes are stereotypes for a reason. Nuff said.

  • Dirk Anderson
    Dirk Anderson

    "haven't watched the taylor swift video and I don't need to watch it to tell you that it's inherently offensive and ultimately harmful" Am I the only one that thinks if you haven't seen it, you sould probably shut the $%&* up?

  • Nefertari Thompson
    Nefertari Thompson

    So, if that's the case, she is stereotyping White people for not being able to dance (3:15-3:20) and blondes for being dumb (listen to the lyrics at the beginning, :09). I am not Taylor Swift's biggest fan, but people are grasping at straws here. If you listen to the lyrics, she's really saying forget what people say about you and just LIVE - Shake it off!

  • HollywoodPolo Harris
    HollywoodPolo Harris

    What game is she beating "us" at exactly? You should also consider removing the word "hating" from your choice of vocabulary words; because you're using it out of content.

  • Tandi Mawaika
    Tandi Mawaika

    Racism has become too big of a crutch nowadays... I'm beginning to wonder if half the people crying about it have any clue what true racism is... I'm not even a fan of her but I won't call her something without it being proven.

  • Tandi Mawaika
    Tandi Mawaika

    Sadly the only people who end up offended are the ones the stereotypes are made from... Its called WHO CARES GROW THE F*** UP AND QUIT WHINING

  • Kevin Rowland
    Kevin Rowland

    Sounds like a lot of jealous people hating because she is beating them at their own game!

  • Jill Anderson
    Jill Anderson

    Quote > Haven't watched the taylor swift video? But you say it is Racist??? Are you an Idiot? How do you know it is racist if you have never watched it? This sounds like an angry black man saying all whites are racist. God god chill and get you racist ass out of your head as you sound like a racist!

  • Jill Anderson
    Jill Anderson

    Quote > Haven't watched the taylor swift video? But you say it is Racist??? Are you an Idiot? How do you know it is racist if you have never watched it? This sounds like an angry black man saying all whites are racist. God god chill and get you racist ass out of your head as you sound like a racist.

  • jonthomas
    jonthomas

    In conclusion, Earl Sweatshirt is an idiot. Please, continue the dilution of the word term racist until it means nothing except "featuring a white person". Wouldn't his definition be much better appropriated to Nicki Minaj's video?

  • Amanda Davis Walsh
    Amanda Davis Walsh

    Any individual that thinks or says this is racist needs to do some eeffin research. Annnd, of course, it's an African American placing the label. Get your head out of your asses. That is all...

  • Savannah Lyons
    Savannah Lyons

    How can white people and black people tweaking together be racist?

  • Katy Warrillow
    Katy Warrillow

    Actually opposite to racist

  • Josefa Hernandez
    Josefa Hernandez

    I really hated the way she portrayed white ballet dancers....you see how stupid that sounds? Get over it people. She's clearly showing a bunch of different ways to express yourself and "shake" off negativity. Let's move on.

  • Celeste Guerra
    Celeste Guerra

    This video is nothing near racist. Get a grip people. Seriously??? People are just looking for a reason to create problems. How about we focus on the real problems in this world? Yeah? Okay.

  • Sarah McPherson
    Sarah McPherson

    Good lord have mercy..... I swear the whole fucking worlld just needs to become a bunch of robots so no one has the possibility of getting offended.let's grow the hell up and be concerned about the real issues of the world. Not every damn thing ever done or made etc etc is a race thing and those that think it is are part of the damn problem