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I doubt Taylor Swift realized ‘Wildest Dreams’ was racist, and that’s a problem

3 September 2015 12:45 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

When Taylor Swift’s music video for “Wildest Dreams” debuted during the MTV Video Music Awards, I wondered if the uncomfortable undertones of British Colonialism would ping the Internet’s controversy radar. It took a few days, but it finally happened. And — as always with a thorny issue like white imperialism — the lines were drawn in deep in the sand. On NPR, native Kenyan and Ugandan authors Viviane Rutabingwa and James Kassaga Arinaitwe discussed the sting of seeing the fantasy of white colonial Africa play out yet again. Swift has played dress-up in loosely defined historical time periods before. “Love Story” ostensibly takes place in medieval times while “Mean” oscillates between Vaudeville and the 1950s. So without any context — thanks public education! — for exactly how much the pop culture ideal of early 20th-century Africa is whitewashed, the glamour of playing Elizabeth Taylor Light™ in an “exotic” location probably (egregiously) seemed like harmless fun. »

- Donna Dickens

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