Sweatshirt’s comments follow the announcement of Swift’s fifth album, ‘1989’, and the release of the ‘Shake It Off’ video, which can be seen below.
Taking to Twitter, Sweatshirt wrote: “haven’t watched the taylor swift video and I don’t need to watch it to tell you that it’s inherently offensive and ultimately harmful… perpetuating black stereotypes to the same demographic of white girls who hide their prejudice by proclaiming their love of the culture… for instance, those of you who are afraid of black people but love that in 2014 it’s ok for you to be trill or twerk or say nigga”
haven’t watched the taylor swift video and I don’t need to watch it to tell you that it’s inherently offensive and ultimately harmful
— EARL (@earlxsweat) August 19, 2014
Swift is yet to respond to Sweatshirt’s comments. Among those praising the video are Girls creator Lena Dunham.
— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) August 18, 2014
The accusations of racism follow a recent report that concluded that sexism and racism are rife in music videos, with women routinely depicted in a hyper-sexualised way that creates a “conducive context” for violence.
Commissioned by equality campaign organisations EVAW Coalition, Imkaan and Object, the report found that women – in particular black women – are portrayed as hyper-sexualized. The report said: “Black women are commonly portrayed as hypersexual, with a focus and fascinated gaze on their bottoms, invoking ideas of black women as wild and animalistic.”
Earlier this year, Avril Lavigne addressed comments that her ‘Hello Kitty’ video was racist, while Miley Cyrus denied accusations that her Bangerz tour was