Oh No! Director For Taylor Swift’s Wildest Dreams Video Defends The Project Amid Claims They Glamorized African Colonialism!

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Looks like Taylor Swift has more drama to shake off!

After Tay Tay’s newest music video, Wildest Dreams, was called out for glamorizing African colonialism, the director Joseph Kahn has decided to stand by the project.

The 25-year-old starlet not only received backlash in the comment section of her video — but by NPR as well.

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They stated:

“Taylor Swift is dressed as a colonial-era woman on African soil. With just a few exceptions, the cast in the video├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥the actors playing her boyfriend and a movie director and his staff├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥all appear to be white. We are shocked to think that in 2015, Taylor Swift, her record label and her video production group would think it was OK to film a video that presents a glamorous version of the white colonial fantasy of Africa.”

Whomp, whomp. To be fair they were copying the 1985 film Out of Africa.

The director explained:

“‘Wildest Dreams’ is a song about a relationship that was doomed, and the music video concept was that they were having a love affair on location away from their normal lives. This is not a video about colonialism but a love story on the set of a period film crew in Africa, 1950.”

He also noted that the project was edited by an African-American man and produced by an African-American woman.

We can only imagine that the blonde beauty didn’t foresee the backlash of the project as it was pitched as a Notebook-esque love story with actor Scott Eastwood.

He continued:

“There are black Africans in the video in a number of shots, but I rarely cut to crew faces outside of the director as the vast majority of screen time is Taylor and Scott.

The reality is not only were there people of color in the video, but the key creatives who worked on this video are people of color. I am Asian American, the producer Jil Hardin is an African American woman, and the editor Chancler Haynes is an African American man. We cast and edited this video. We collectively decided it would have been historically inaccurate to load the crew with more black actors as the video would have been accused of rewriting history. This video is set in the past by a crew set in the present and we are all proud of our work.”

Fair point. It seems that there was no political agenda when making the highly-talked about project

He noted:

“There have been many music videos depicting Africa. These videos have traditionally not been lessons in African history. Let’s not forget, Taylor has chosen to donate all of her proceeds from this video to the African Parks Foundation to preserve the endangered animals of the continent and support the economies of local African people.”

While Miz Swift has remained relatively mute on the topic, the 42-year-old continued his explanation on Twitter.

He posted:

Tell us how you really feel. WE KID!

Critics even tracked down the editor Joseph mentioned in his statement and seems perfectly pleased (below) with his work.

Hmm, it’ll be inneresting to see when all of this will blow over. Nonetheless, we feel that T.Swizzle’s still SLAYING it right now.

Keep doing you girl.

[Image via Vimeo/WENN.]

Sep 3, 2015 9:15am PST

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