While rereading First Test for the umpteenth time, I noticed something I never had before. In chapter four, Myles asks why the Immortals War started, why several of Tortall’s neighbors attacked our beloved homeland. Now, having read Daine’s books, we know it’s a series of fairly complicated…
So I watched this music video, and this is in fact completely untrue. There are many scenes in which black/brown girls are casted.
One could conceivably argue that any white star who features twerking in a music video is automatically being exploitative.
However, that was not my perception of this video in particular. It actually appeared to me the director took pains to portray a variety of dance styles (ballet, interpretive dance, rhythmic gymnastics, break dancing, twerking, cheerleading, etc.) all as equally valid art forms. Every performing group in the video includes a variety of ethnicities. I think I did actually see a black/brown dancer in the ballet troupe, though it’s difficult to tell. Look in the rear left of this gif:
We don’t know if they cast individual dancers or hired a dance troupe, so if black women are underrepresented that might say more about the dance troupe’s selection practices than the video director’s casting practices.
All the styles of dance, ballet or otherwise are presented in the same fashion — talented professionals being brilliant + Taylor Swift being endearingly incompetent. The black women in the video aren’t portrayed as Taylor’s dancing accessories, but rather as experts in their style:
Moreover, at the end of the video there’s a sequence showing all the different professionals being silly and dancing in a non-choreographed manner, thereby humanizing them, showing they exist outside of their role as dancers in Taylor’s video:
I think if we interpret the twerking scenes in this video as demeaning, that says more about our cultural perception of black women than it does about this particular video’s specific portrayal of black women.
^^^^^ i have to agree!
Bruh, thank you
WHAT I BEEN SAYING! WHAT DID I TELL Y’ALL???
YUP THANK YOU
I agree. I think people were just wayyyyy too fast to destroy her reputation and I don’t even like her. When I looked at the video, I saw black people represented in each scene not just the twerking (which wasn’t even the main part of the video). Taking apart a scene and stripping it without putting it into context of the entire video is wrong, the entire story is integral in understanding the message the artist wants to portray.
I don’t even like the song but I need to show this to a certain someone…….
…I really hate when people do that. The “only” scene like really? That tunnel vision didn’t do anything but try to dismiss all these other people….
Imagine dragons sleeping the same way giraffes do
Yessss! I wanna draw sleeping dragons tooo
Maybe they sleep like camels…
or…. uh… snakes?
Or maybe they sleep on trees
There is nothing about this post I don’t love
maybe they sleep like bats
FUCK I LOVE ALL OF THIS
Before we started we went paintballing together, went out for dinner, that sort of thing. It was all about developing what the members of the Riot Club might call “banter”.
Sam Claflin, Max Irons and Douglas Booth for Mr Porter’s Journal [x]
– You know, I read those SSR files. Greatest Generation? You guys did some nasty stuff.
– Yeah, we compromised. Sometimes in ways that made us not sleep so well. But we did it so that people could be free. This isn’t freedom, this is fear.