Taylor Swift Director Defends Music Video From Racism Claims

Taylor Swift's new music video has been defended by its director Mark Romanek.

The US star received criticism from Odd Future's Earl Sweatshirt for "perpetuating black stereotypes" in the visual for her new single 'Shake It Off', which premiered earlier this week.

Although Earl Sweatshirt admitted that he hadn't watched the video, he heavily criticized it for appropriating twerking and hip-hop during some of the dance scenes.

Responding to the claims, director Romanek argued the Odd Future member's admission that he hadn't watched the video "sort of invalidates his observations from the get-go".

During an interview with Vulture, he continued: "We simply chose 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.

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"If you look at it carefully, it's a massively inclusive piece. It's very, very innocently and positively intentioned. And - let's remember - it's a satirical piece. It's playing with a whole range of music video tropes and clichés and stereotypes."

'Shake It Off' was released worldwide earlier this week and serves as the lead single for Swift's new album 1989, which follows on October 27.


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