People Accuse Taylor Swift of White-Washing & Racism in “…Ready for It?”
A lot of time and effort clearly went into creating Taylor Swift‘s “…Ready for It” music video; that much is obvious. But that doesn’t mean everyone’s a fan of the footage.
While the 27-year-old singer’s got a lot of Easter eggs hidden in the “RFI” MV, people across the Internet are also calling out the white-washing that’s not quite as hidden in the video.
Just like when “Wildest Dreams” was released, the blonde beauty and director Joseph Kahn are being criticized for being racist in their collaborative music video. People on Twitter noted its similarities to this year’s Ghost in the Shell, which featured Scarlett Johansson as a human-cyborg hybrid named Motoko Kusanagi… who’s Japanese. Scarlett, on the other hand? 0% Asian. Creators even thought about using CGI to make her look Asian! You know, there is a solution for that: casting an Asian woman. But, you know… white-washing.
Anyway, since Ghost in the Shell is a white-washed film, and “…Ready for It?” seemingly mimics the 2017 movie’s costumes and action sequences, you can bet that there are folks who are not impressed:
— Jason Barbacovi (@LastRealJason) October 27, 2017
— nicholas (@nicholas_human) October 27, 2017
— Marz (@MoreXPGaming) October 27, 2017
— SLPhotos@MAGFest (@Two_Cams25) October 27, 2017
— ? Scary Lint ? 林樾 (@sallyyuelin) October 27, 2017
Taylor Swifts entire career is a thorough bleach laden whitewash https://t.co/fTe9iexBSg
— lo siento (@moneyxtears) October 27, 2017
As previously mentioned, Tay’s “Wildest Dreams” music video received backlash as well. The footage features what some called a “colonial fantasy” version of Africa, as it shows the crooner and fellow white celebrity Scott Eastwood as its stars.
Joseph Kahn, who directed both controversial projects, defended “WD,” saying (via NPR), “This is not a video about colonialism, but a love story on the set of a period film crew in Africa, 1950. The video is based on classic Hollywood romances like Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, as well as classic movies like The African Queen, Out of Africa and The English Patient, to name a few.”
He added that “not only were there people of color in the video,” but it was diverse behind the scenes, too. “I am Asian American [Korean], the producer, Jil Hardin, is an African American woman, and the editor, Chancler Haynes, is an African American man. We collectively decided it would have been historically inaccurate to load the crew with more black actors as the video would have been accused of rewriting history.”
Wonder if Joe will have anything to say about “…Ready for It?”…