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Earl Sweatshirt Calls Out Taylor Swift for ‘Offensive’ ‘Shake It Off’ Video

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Taylor Swift‘s new video, ‘Shake It Off,’ has quickly gone viral, racking up over 4.1 million views on YouTube in less than 24 hours of its release. Earl Sweatshirt admits he hasn’t watched the visual but is accusing the country pop star of being offensive for releasing the final product.

“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,” he wrote on Twitter.

Taylor takes on a number of different dance styles in the clip including hip-hop and twerking. Earl feels that the visual perpetuates black stereotypes to the singer’s “white girl” demographic. According to the rapper, if they’re prejudice, they can hide it behind their love for the culture.

Earl’s accusations come after a report that was released about sexism and racism in music videos, in which researchers said, “Black women are commonly portrayed as hypersexual and with a focus and fascinated gaze on their bottoms, invoking ideas of black women as wild and animalistic. The music industry seems to find it profitable to promote both female and male black artists in a highly sexualised way, whatever their genre of music — racialized tropes are deemed marketable.”

Taylor Swift has yet to comment on the backlash for her new video. However, after hearing the lyrics of this song, she may just “shake it off.”

Watch Taylor Swift’s ‘Shake It Off’ Video

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