Earl Sweatshirt calls Taylor Swift’s new video “inherently offensive and ultimately harmful”.
The debut of Earl Sweatshirt came with a video that certainly offended some people, but yesterday it was Earl who was pointing out the problematic aspects of Taylor Swift’s new clip. Unlike Sweatshirt’s shock-inducing ‘EARL’ visual, Taylor’s ‘Shake It Off’ is seemingly unaware of it’s potentially harmful message, which the Odd Future rapper pointed out on Twitter yesterday.
The video finds Swift dancing among twerking women, an approach that has already been criticized as appropriation and exploitation with artists like Miley Cyrus, and Lily Allen. Despite claiming to not have seen the video, Earl dismissed it as “inherently offensive and ultimately harmful”, going on to say that ‘Shake It Off’ is “perpetuating black stereotypes to the same demographic of white girls who hide their prejudice by proclaiming their love of the culture.”
Watch the video below. Do you agree with his stance?