Taylor Swift has released the music video for her latest single “Wildest Dreams” which she premiered during the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards. Scott Eastwood (“The Longest Ride”) plays the role of the Grammy Award-winning artist’s love interest.
The video, which was partly shot in Africa, was being accused of racism.
The Daily Dot wrote:
“An homage to a love triangle about white colonialists is going to present some, uh, challenges to an artist who just wants to make a three-minute music video to put on her VEVO page – and Taylor Swift found that out the hard way. The video wants to have its old-school Hollywood romance but ends up eating some old-school Hollywood racism, too.”
Joseph Kahn, the director of Swift’s last 3 music videos, answered the racism issue:
“There is no political agenda in the video. Our only goal was to tell a tragic love story in classic Hollywood iconography. Furthermore, this video has been singled out, yet 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.”