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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… More Here! »

Azealia Banks Slams Nicki Minaj & Miley Cyrus: 'It's a Contest of the Basics'

Azealia Banks slammed both Nicki Minaj and Miley Cyrus after their 2015 MTV VMAs on stage tussle over the weekend.

“Miley Cyrus HAS to know her sh*t is whack as f*ck. It has to be a joke… Isn’t she making fun of herself? Yes? No?,” the 24-year-old rapper wrote on her Twitter account. “All of y’all bitches are whack and make boring music and rip all ur styles off the downtown NYC girls,” she added.

Then, Azealia added Taylor Swift into the mix.

“It’s so funny to wake up and see nicki and Miley or nicki and taylor fighting when you ALL make basic ass music. it’s a ki !!!”


Azealia claimed the outburst on Twitter was due to a tense dinner she had the night before, where she ended up pouring a pot of soup on someone’s head who insulted her sister.

Click inside to read all of Azealia Banks’ tweets about Nicki Minaj and Miley Cyrus… More Here! »

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Miley Cyrus Doesn't Want to Be in Taylor Swift's Squad

Miley Cyrus doesn’t have much interest in joining Taylor Swift‘s very famous group of pals.

The 22-year-old “Do It” singer was asked whether she would ever join the 25-year-old “Wildest Dreams” entertainer’s squad, which of course includes Selena Gomez, Cara Delevingne, Karlie Kloss, and more.

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“I’m not trying to be in the squad,” Miley told The New York Times. “None of my friends are famous and not because of any other reason than I just like real people who are living real lives, because I’m inspired by them.”

Taylor Swift Uses Infamous 'Imma Let You Finish' Line While Presenting to Kanye West at VMAs 2015 (Video)

Taylor Swift brought the jokes while presenting Kanye West with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award during the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards held at the Microsoft Theater on Sunday (August 30) in Los Angeles.

The 25-year-old “Bad Blood” singer talked about the first time she met Kanye, which of course was at the 2009 MTV VMAs when he famously interrupted her acceptance speech for Video of the Year.

“Imma let you finish, but Kanye West had one of the greatest careers of all time,” Taylor said before he came up to accept the award. Watch below!

Kanye West Pretends to Nap During Taylor Swift's Speech at the MTV VMAs 2015 (Video)

Kanye West jokes around with wife Kim Kardashian as Taylor Swift accepts an award at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards held at the Microsoft Theater on Sunday (August 30) in Los Angeles.

The 38-year-old rapper pretended to take a nap while the 25-year-old “Bad Blood” singer was on stage giving her speech for winning “Best Female Video” for “Blank Space.”

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Kanye saw the camera and acted like he was sleeping, but then “woke up” and started laughing, so it looks like it was all in good fun. Watch below!

Not to mention, despite their past, Taylor is presenting Kanye with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award later in the evening.

Kanye West Pretends to Nap During Taylor Swift’s Speech

Taylor Swift & Nicki Minaj Open the MTV VMAs 2015 (Video)

Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj are red hot while hitting the stage for a surprise collaboration at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards held at the Microsoft Theater on Sunday (August 30) in Los Angeles.

The 32-year-old rapper kicked off the show by performing her song “Trini Dem Girls” before segueing into “The Night Is Still Young.”

Taylor then surprised the crowd by popping up on stage to join Nicki for the song. They then finished by singing Tay‘s hit song “Bad Blood.”

The collaboration of course comes just weeks after the two entertainers got into a Twitter beef over the VMAs nominations.

FYI: Taylor is wearing a custom Yousef Aljasmi bodysuit.

15+ pictures inside from Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj‘s performance… More Here! »

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Taylor Swift's 'Wildest Dreams' Music Video - WATCH NOW!

Check out the music video for Taylor Swift‘s song “Wildest Dreams,” which features hunky actor Scott Eastwood!

The 25-year-old superstar’s music video debuted during the 2015 MTV VMAs pre-show.

Before the 2015 MTV VMAs, Taylor walked the red carpet with her “Bad Blood” crew including Selena Gomez, Cara Delevingne, Lily Aldridge, and more. Taylor has a bunch of nominations this evening – best of luck!

Watch Taylor‘s brand new music video for “Wildest Dreams” below…

Make sure to tune in for the 2015 MTV VMAs, hosted by Miley Cyrus, TONIGHT at 9/8c on MTV!

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