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Taylor Swift is being accused of perpetuating racial stereotypes

Taylor Swift Music Video 'Perpetuates Racial Stereotypes'

Taylor Swift is being accused of perpetuating racial stereotypes, but just how fair are those allegations?

The 24 year old singer released a music video for her latest single "Shake It Off" on Monday, in which Swift makes herself the butt of the joke during various dances like ballet and hip hop, and it's butts that are causing some to say the video is offensive.

In one section of the video, Swift stands among a number of dancers who are twerking. This led to rapper Earl Sweatshirt to tweet, "Perpetuating black stereotypes to the same demographic of white girls who hide their prejudice by proclaiming their love of the culture."

But it's his first tweet that is probably even more interesting. He posted,"Haven't watched the Taylor Swift video and I don't need to watch it to tell you that it's inherently offensive and ultimately harmful."

Maybe he should have watched it before accusing someone of being racist. The New York Times' Brian Seibert wrote, "[If] Earl Sweatshirt had bothered to watch the video before commenting, he might have noticed the carefully placed black faces among the cheerleaders, the contemporary dancers and the regular people, and also the trashy white women among the twerkers. For him to have accused Ms. Swift of racism without watching the video is as unjust as if she had accused him of misogyny without first listening to his tracks."

The only moment in the entire video where the dancers aren't a mix of races is the ballet dance, so if you have to force a race argument, that's it. The joke of "Shake It Off" has nothing to do with race, it's that no matter what Swift does, she always catches flack.

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Dan Hardman August 21 2014 at 6:20 AM

Booker T. Washington: There is a class of colored people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs-partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs.

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flip33732 August 21 2014 at 6:44 AM

Never let the truth get in the way of accusing a white person of being a racist.

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cdrewparks889 August 21 2014 at 6:13 AM

Hey its' not uncommon for the race card to be played without the facts. In fact, it is a daily occurrence.

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giyank1 August 21 2014 at 6:01 AM

Oh for the love of God get of the racist stuff. Enough of this crap.

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Alan August 21 2014 at 6:54 AM

Earl Sweatshirt...if you want to see a racist, look in the mirror. Another fine example of why racism still exists, because of idiots like yourself. Do something constructive and make this a better world for all of us.

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Erik Baran August 21 2014 at 2:07 AM

Playing the race card without seeing the video? What an efin ldiot.

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Venom Erik Baran August 21 2014 at 8:25 AM

anyone who names themselves "Sweatshirt" is a bonified card carrying idiot

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knudsendr August 21 2014 at 6:32 AM

Racist ? So what ?
I'm too old for any crap and sick of Politcal Corectness !

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jjfu August 21 2014 at 6:40 AM

Hey, Taylor, keep doing what you are doing. Great video.

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joe.bagofdonuts August 21 2014 at 8:56 AM

Political Correctness is going to be the ruination of this country. REALLY even A silly video is RACIST NOW. Enough already is has got to Stop.!!

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Perk joe.bagofdonuts August 21 2014 at 4:42 PM

PC has already ruined this country

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bobgaul120 August 21 2014 at 6:46 AM

I never liked Taylor, but I do now.

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barweight bobgaul120 August 21 2014 at 11:32 AM

amen,goooooooooooooo taylor, you have more backers than non-backers. its the minority that cries and cries and cries, shut the hell up, already.

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krepskids bobgaul120 August 21 2014 at 8:52 PM

Taylor Swift can't cut a break with the media. IF they'd watched the video, it is PLAIN to see that she makes fun of herself and the name of the song tells you how she feels about the fact they pick on her ALL THE TIME! I am not a Taylor Swift fan per se...but I am totally in her court. She does a lot of good and isn't out getting in trouble all the time. She sets a good example and has a fantastic voice. The people in the "Know" need to leaver her alone.

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