Taylor Swift Director Rejects Earl Sweatshirt Criticism

"If you look at it carefully, it's a massively inclusive piece..."
'Shake It Off' screenshot

Earlier this week, Taylor Swift unveiled the video for her new single 'Shake It Off'.

Crafted in collaboration with director Mark Romanek, the clip utilises various dance routines - including twerking.

Appearing alongside black dancers, the clip swiftly went viral. Earl Sweatshirt, though, refused to watch it, labelling the video "inherently offensive and ultimately harmful".

Speaking to Vulture, Mark Romanek responded to this criticism by saying that the video is a "massively inclusive piece".

"I'm a fan of his and I think he's a really interesting artist. (I posted a Vine to one of his tracks once.) But he stated clearly that he hadn't seen the video and didn't even intend to watch it. So, respectfully, that sort of invalidates his observations from the get-go. And it's this one uninformed tweet that got reported on and rehashed, which started this whole "controversy." We simply choose styles of dance that we thought would be popular and amusing and cast the best dancers that were presented to us without much regard to race or ethnicity. If you look at it carefully, it's a massively inclusive piece. It's very, very innocently and positively intentioned. And — let's remember — it's a satirical piece. It's playing with a whole range of music-video tropes and clichés and stereotypes."

Finishing, the director said: "I think, if Earl Sweatshirt was open-minded enough to take the four minutes to watch it, he might see what the larger, humanistic, and utterly color-blind message was intended to be."

Check out the full interview HERE.

Watch 'Shake It Off' below.

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