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In Taylor Swift's Wildest Dreams, a Whitewashed Africa

  | September 03, 2015 15:38 IST (Los Angeles)
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A still from the song Wildest Dreams.

The video, which was released during the MTV Video Music Awards, has a white cast. The only two black actors, who play soldiers, appear in the background. Wildest Dreams revolves around two 1950s-era movie stars, which is being filmed in Africa

Singer Taylor Swift's latest music video for her new single Wildest Dreams is being slammed by critics, who claim that it is racist and gratifies "rich white fantasies" from a colonial era, reports dailymail.co.uk.
The video, which was released during the MTV Video Music Awards, has a white cast. The only two black actors, who play soldiers, appear in the background. Wildest Dreams revolves around two 1950s-era movie stars - played by Taylor and actor Scott Eastwood - which is being filmed in Africa. (Also Read - MTV VMAs: Taylor Swift Dominates With 4 Wins)
The footage was also slammed by a number of editorials. Joseph Kahn, director of Wildest Dreams, said the video is just a "love story" without any "political agenda". However, on Twitter fans have trashed the song as "colonial garbage".
"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 said in a statement.
Wildest Dreams is a part of Taylor's fifth studio album "1989".

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