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

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: