The worst people in the world are those who insult your favorite band just to annoy you
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.
July 22, 2013. NYC - September 15, 2014. London
If you ever get the chance to see your favourite band live, fucking do it and don’t regret a single thing.
My girlfriend is on a cruise so while she’s gone I’m gonna cut the sleeves off of all my shirts
She’s pretty much 85% of my impulse control
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“Steal My Girl” was written by 1D’s Louis Tomlinson and Payne, with Ed Drewett, Wayne Hector, Julian Bunetta and John Ryan. It’s produced by Bunetta, Ryan and Paro Westerlund. In a news release, Columbia Records said the track features “cascading stadium piano chords.” x