Taylor Swift has been criticized for "perpetuating Black stereotypes" after releasing a music video for her new single, "Shake It Off," on Monday, Aug. 18.
On Twitter, rapper Earl Sweatshirt said that he didn't "need to watch" the entire video to find some of its scenes "ultimately harmful."
Earl's comments were echoed by others, who called attention to one scene where Swift dressed as a B-boy, and another where ballet dancers were portrayed solely by white women.
Others expressed discomfort at the song's cheerful tone against the day's ongoing protests in Ferguson, Mo.
Following critiques, many came to Swift's defense. Tumblr user Orhgasm wrote:
as a proud ass black man, the taylor swift video for her new song "shake it off" was not problematic or even close to racist.If you bothered to watch the video, the video was about being happy and dancing and celebrating other people's dancing. One of them happened to include twerking. Taylor was not "cultural appropriating" anything and she wasn't "being racist" by only having black woman in that part of the video. there are many other african americans in the video and in her many other videos so even calling her racist means you need to log out. She was celebrating people's dancing and how they celebrate music throughout the video and a large variety of black woman twerk. Would it honestly make sense if Taylor had 100 or so white girls try to twerk? Either way, y'all would still throw hate or shade either way. But calling her racist is the shit I don't stand for because she isn't.