Just few days ago, Taylor Swift’s music video of her track “Wildest Dreams” became a trend in Youtube. It was set in the exotic continent of Africa and it’s one with a Colonial old-Hollywood theme. The music video became an instant hit. Majority of her fans like it, but there were some who raises eyebrows because it has the ‘racism’ feels, according to them.
Critics say that Taylor’s music video did not sit well in them since it basically throws a punch. The thing is, Taylor and her crew set the video in Africa but there were only two black actors who were included as the cast for the film crew in her video. The rest were white actors. This explains it all.
According to Viviane Rutabingwa of NPR, who is an African, “We are shocked to think that in 2015, Taylor Swift, her record label and her video production group would think it was OK to film a video that presents a glamorous version of the white colonial fantasy of Africa.”
Nicol Lang from the Daily Dot also wrote: “An homage to a love triangle about white colonialists is going to present some, uh, challenges to an artist who just wants to make a three-minute music video to put on her VEVO page – and Taylor Swift found that out the hard way. The video wants to have its old-school Hollywood romance but ends up eating some old-school Hollywood racism, too.”
Other people, however, think that the music video is not at all racist. It focuses on romance and that’s it. If it’s anything but racist, then Taylor may not be aware of that while filming the video.