Taylor Swift "Shake It Off" video: Twitter users call it racist - Reverb

Twitter users call Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” video racist

Earl Sweatshirt and a number of other Twitter users have accused Taylor Swift‘s new video for “Shake It Off” of being racist. In the video, Swift pokes fun at her own image by taking on a number of personas, including a Lady Gaga knockoff, a ballet dancer, a cheerleader and a rapper. She’s also shown surrounded by young black dancers in booty shorts twerking over her. Although Swift is attempting to mock herself in the video, the tween idol has managed to outrage quite a few people.

Some critics and fans are angry about Swift’s appropriation of black culture, including Sweatshirt, who said she is, “perpetuating black stereotypes to the same demographic of white girls who hide their prejudice by proclaiming their love of the culture.”

The Twitter community quickly took aim at the video; here are just a few of the tweets expressing their outrage.

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Stephanie March is a Denver-based writer and new contributor at Reverb.

  • Dick Longwood

    People need to get over themselves.

  • Lexi

    Some people have too much time on their hands.

  • boyd

    really? maybe I don’t get what they’re seeing I thought she was role playing, never race stuff.. still don’t.

  • RobC

    Dumbest sh*t I’ve ever heard. She makes fun of everyone. How is that racist?! Ignorant people my GAWD!

  • RobC

    Earl your just plain stupid. Maybe 10% of people are afraid of black people. And that’s because their taught that way by ignorant people. When was the last time you went to the club and saw anyone afraid of black people?! GTFO with that nonsense son! Spread hate and you get hate. Spread peace and you get peace. There’s enough hate on this planet. She was making fun of stereotypes in general! Not just hip hop! But then again.. You see what you want to see don’t you?

    Everyone is equal. Get over it.

  • RobC

    They’re******* lol and I’m not a teenage white girl either. Or a fan of mainstream music. I just call it like it is. And your statements are not valid. If you want peace then show it. Don’t preach hate and expect peace damn fool.

  • Sick & Tired

    Okay people it’s 2014. The whole race thing is getting old. She wasn’t being racist and no one cares! Let it go!

  • Amona De’Montford

    There are also white, latina, and asian girls who twerk, other girls of coulor who do the other types of dances, and i presume the ballet dancers were selected pale because they wanted it to contrast well, an artistic desicion i presume. and isn’t calling twerking and street dancing ‘black culture’ being racist ?

    • no freedom to live anymore

      I AGREE people are so ignorant and annoying today but when it comes to a black making fun of a white individual it’s not racist? like people see what they want to see. Damn PEOPLE today, no matter what you say or do its racist! so lets just all be silent, oh wait but that would be considered racist too.