Taylor Swift's Video Director Defends Against Criticism
Aug. 24, 2014
(Undated) -- The director of Taylor Swift's latest video for "Shake It Off" is defending his work. In an interview with "Vulture," Mark Romanek addresses some critics of the lighthearted dance clip who felt it played on racial stereotypes. Romanek says the video, which has Taylor dancing awkwardly with groups of professional dancers, was made "very very innocently" and was "positively intentioned." The director shares that while collaborating with the country superstar, they simply "chose styles of dance that [they] thought would be popular and amusing" to include in what he calls the "satirical" video. He adds that they also cast the best dancers possible "without much regard to race of ethnicity."
The initial criticism came last week when rapper Earl Sweatshirt, among others on Twitter, wrote that Taylor was "perpetuating black stereotypes" by wearing gold chains and hoop earrings in the hip-hop spoof portion of the video.