Controversial Taylor Swift Wildest Dreams Africa Video
Why is Taylor Swift's Wildest Dreams Africa video considered controversial? Taylor Swift Wildest Dreams is set in colonial Africa in the 1950s and features almost no black Africans. Why was colonial Africa not a happy place for black Africans? Because blacks were considered a white man's burden.
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Taylor Swift Wildest Dreams Africa Video
Joseph Kahn, the director of Taylor Swift's new Wildest Dreams video based in Africa during the unashamedly racially prejudiced and bigoted 1950s era defended the video following criticisms it portrays a misrepresented version of Africa. Kahn stated it "is not a video about colonialism but a love story on the set of a period film crew in Africa, 1950".
Ethiopia, which was an ancient territory, and was never colonized by European powers and Egypt, which achieved independence in 1922. The questions remain why in 2015, would Kahn, Taylor Swifts video director chose to glamorize a love story in 1950s Africa during colonialism when black Africans were considered a surplus population?