Sep 04, 2015 8:19AM

Taylor Swift's 'Wildest Dreams' Director Defends Video, Kinda Misses The Point

Here we go again.
So T-Swift released a romantic video, set in Africa, and forgot to put a single non-white human in it. The internet noticed, and wasn't impressed with the flawed concept adapted from films, that made the same mistake, such as Out of Africa and The African Queen.
One person on Twitter wrote, "I didn't like the wildest dreams video, really not into rich white fantasies of Africa in the 1950s that romantic?" And another offered some advice for next time, "Sequel idea: your colonial ass running for your gotdam life as decolonizing Africans expropriate the land you stole from them."
With the internet's concerns in mind, Taylor's director Joseph Kahn offered some rationalisation. The old 'But I have (insert minority) friends' came up. "I am Asian American, the producer, Jil Hardin, is an African American woman, and the editor, Chancler Haynes, is an African American man," he said. "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." Hmmm.


Hayley Morgan