Taylor Swift comes under fire over her new single Shake It Off
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Taylor Swift's music video for her new single Shake it Off has caused a bit of a furore on Twitter after she was accused of perpetuating black stereotypes. In the video, Swift dances her way through many scenes switching from playing a ballet dancer to wearing a hoody while holding a boombox on her shoulder to crawling through the legs of a number of twerkers in short shorts.
The video is seen in many circles to be Swift attempting to poke fun at her perceived lack of dancing skills but Earl Sweatshirt of the hip hop group Odd Future was certainly not impressed. He cited Swift's twerking and use of references to black culture throughout the video in a tweet saying "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"
Sweatshirt further explained why this video is so damaging saying "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".
Of her new style and material, Swift has said that she found herself "needing to make a new style of music" and she went back to the 80s for inspiration hence the title 1989 for her album. The album is due to be released in October and with the amount of publicity Shake It Off has garnered already it is sure to be a big seller.