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Taylor Swift's 'Wildest Dreams' Video Director Responds to Backlash

Taylor Swift's 'Wildest Dreams' Video Director Responds to Backlash

Taylor Swift‘s “Wildest Dreams” music video director Joseph Kahn is responding to the backlash over the accusations that the video glamorizes African colonialism.

“‘Wildest Dreams’ is a song about a relationship that was doomed, and the music video concept was that they were having a love affair on location away from their normal lives,” Joseph said (via E! News) about the backlash, which comes from an article by NPR titled ‘Taylor Swift Is Dreaming Of a Very White Africa,’ among others. “This is not a video about colonialism but a love story on the set of a period film crew in Africa, 1950.”

“There are black Africans in the video in a number of shots, but I rarely cut to crew faces outside of the director as the vast majority of screentime is Taylor and Scott. The video is based on classic Hollywood romances like Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, as well as classic movies like The African Queen, Out of Africa and The English Patient, to name a few,” Joseph added.

“The reality is not only were there people of color in the video, but the key creatives who worked on this video are people of color. I am Asian American, the producer Jil Hardin is an African American woman, and the editor Chancler Haynes is an African American man. We cast and edited this video. We collectively decided it would have been historically inaccurate to load the crew with more black actors as the video would have been accused of rewriting history. This video is set in the past by a crew set in the present and we are all proud of our work,” Joseph said.

Click inside to read the remainder of the statement…

“There have been many music videos depicting Africa. These videos have traditionally not been lessons in African history,. Let’s not forget, Taylor has chosen to donate all of her proceeds from this video to the African Parks Foundation to preserve the endangered animals of the continent and support the economies of local African people.”

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  • forrest gump

    please people: GROW UP & LEAVE THE MAN ALONE!!

  • Shivani Yadav

    I know equality and racism are a huge topic but sometimes it’s fine to keep them aside and just watch a small video. Not everything is about black people or white people or whatever. Some things are way above that.

  • VanityInsecurity

    everything has become race related. welcome to the thunderdome.

  • MollyBD

    Why do people have to nitpick at everything and try to make it politically correct? NPR must have nothing important to do, if they are picking on a Taylor Swift music video. Focus on something important in the world.

  • Curt Noydb

    NPR…Tax payer funded..George Soros controlled. It is home to every left wing commentator that could not find work at a legitimate station.

  • pank

    you should try fox news. they’re fair and balanced. I love them.

    lolol just kidding. you’re old and gonna die soon. your regressiveness will be buried with you in your best suit.

  • liz

    I don’t feel like the video is lacking diversity or whatever… it’s just boring and predcitable as hell. taylor swift’s videos, including Bad Blood, are just not interesting or engaging. most of them are some love story which has a moment of them fighting or breaking up. yawn. it’s just so played out, i don’t know why she bothers. she’s a very talented artist but she has no creativity when it comes to videos

  • Gina

    Lemme guess, Tay Tay called the director & told him to publicly defend her honor like she did with Ed during the whole Nicki Minaj spat.

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  • Telestar Media

    Taylor Swift has always hated nonCaucasian, nonChristian types. No surprises there.

  • Fred1259

    Sniff is such a fake, arrogant racist slut. Now doing drugs!!!!!!!!!

  • FlakesofSunlite

    We are forgetting the real issue here, that Scott Eastwood was in this video. I seriously think he is faaaaaaaaaaakkkkkeeee.