The newly released Taylor Swift “Wildest Dreams” music video has irked many people who think the 25-year-old pop superstar only included white cast members throughout despite the video mainly being shot in Africa.
“Wildest Dreams” was directed by Joseph Kahn and sees Taylor Swift with Scott Eastwood as 1940s movie stars who fall in and out of love with each other while filming a movie in an African desert. Many of Africa’s animals were featured on the clip, but not too many black actors appear in it.
Aside from the casting, critics also blasted Taylor Swift for romanticizing colonialism.
NPR’s Viviane Rutabingwa and James Kassafa Arinaitwe commented in a post: “We are shocked to think that in 2015, Taylor Swift, her record label and her video production group would think it was okay to film a video that presents a glamorous version of the white colonial fantasy of Africa.”
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