“Wildest Dreams” Director Defends Taylor Swift’s New Video

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Taylor Swift’s latest video features the pop singer playing the part of a Hollywood actress falling in love with her co-star while filming a movie. According to the people who made it, Wildest Dreams is inspired by classic Hollywood couples like Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. However, bloggers and social media users have heavily criticized the video, claiming that it’s racist and that it represents an “African colonial fantasy.”

Joseph Kahn, the man who directed this video as well as both Bad Blood and Blank Space, issued a statement on Wednesday opposing all criticism on this matter. He pointed out that Wildest Dreams was shot in Botswana and South Africa:

“It would have been historically inaccurate to load the crew with more black actors as the video would have been accused of rewriting history.”

He concluded that this video is nothing more than a simple “love story on the set of a period film crew in Africa, 1950.”

Taylor Swift hasn’t commented on the situation yet, but will donate the proceeds from the video to the African Parks Foundation. Kahn said that the plan is to help preserve the endangered animals and support the economies of local African people.

Check out the video and tell us what you think.

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