lierdumoa:

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tru

So I watched this music video, and this is in fact completely untrue. There are many scenes in which black/brown girls are casted.
One could conceivably argue that  any white star who features twerking in a music video is automatically being exploitative.
However, that was not my perception of this video in particular. It actually appeared to me the director took pains to portray a variety of dance styles (ballet, interpretive dance, rhythmic gymnastics, break dancing, twerking, cheerleading, etc.) all as equally valid art forms. Every performing group in the video includes a variety of ethnicities. I think I did actually see a black/brown dancer in the ballet troupe, though it’s difficult to tell. Look in the rear left of this gif:

We don’t know if they cast individual dancers or hired a dance troupe, so if black women are underrepresented that might say more about the dance troupe’s selection practices than the video director’s casting practices.
All the styles of dance, ballet or otherwise are presented in the same fashion — talented professionals being brilliant + Taylor Swift being endearingly incompetent. The black women in the video aren’t portrayed as Taylor’s dancing accessories, but rather as experts in their style:







Moreover, at the end of the video there’s a sequence showing all the different professionals being silly and dancing in a non-choreographed manner, thereby humanizing them, showing they exist outside of their role as dancers in Taylor’s video:


I think if we interpret the twerking scenes in this video as demeaning, that says more about our cultural perception of black women than it does about this particular video’s specific portrayal of black women. 

lierdumoa:

benwinstagram:

tru

So I watched this music video, and this is in fact completely untrue. There are many scenes in which black/brown girls are casted.

One could conceivably argue that  any white star who features twerking in a music video is automatically being exploitative.

However, that was not my perception of this video in particular. It actually appeared to me the director took pains to portray a variety of dance styles (ballet, interpretive dance, rhythmic gymnastics, break dancing, twerking, cheerleading, etc.) all as equally valid art forms. Every performing group in the video includes a variety of ethnicities. I think I did actually see a black/brown dancer in the ballet troupe, though it’s difficult to tell. Look in the rear left of this gif:

We don’t know if they cast individual dancers or hired a dance troupe, so if black women are underrepresented that might say more about the dance troupe’s selection practices than the video director’s casting practices.

All the styles of dance, ballet or otherwise are presented in the same fashion — talented professionals being brilliant + Taylor Swift being endearingly incompetent. The black women in the video aren’t portrayed as Taylor’s dancing accessories, but rather as experts in their style:

Moreover, at the end of the video there’s a sequence showing all the different professionals being silly and dancing in a non-choreographed manner, thereby humanizing them, showing they exist outside of their role as dancers in Taylor’s video:

I think if we interpret the twerking scenes in this video as demeaning, that says more about our cultural perception of black women than it does about this particular video’s specific portrayal of black women. 

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goofle:

She wears short skirts I wear t-shirts and we’re both getting sent home from school because its distracting to boys apparently

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marvelousmerriment:

madeof-starlight:

WOMAN WEARS BLACK BRA WITH BLACK OUTFIT. CONTACT THE PRESS, CALL THE PRESIDENT DO NOT LET THE CHILDREN SEE.

OH GOD A BLACK BRA WITH A BLACK OUTFIT CALL THE SWAT TEAM

marvelousmerriment:

madeof-starlight:

WOMAN WEARS BLACK BRA WITH BLACK OUTFIT. CONTACT THE PRESS, CALL THE PRESIDENT DO NOT LET THE CHILDREN SEE.

OH GOD A BLACK BRA WITH A BLACK OUTFIT CALL THE SWAT TEAM

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napoleonmaxwellsowachowski:

Today on the bus taylor swift was playing and it was trouble or whatever and my friend who actually likes taylor swift was singing along happily and whatever

and then it gets to the “cold hard ground” part 

and the entire bus screams like the goat video

and it was the most syncronized thing ive ever seen a group of teenagers do that wasnt planned

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itsleightaylor:

forensic-dragons:

philliptunalunatique:

jaygh4stly:

omg i was going to reblog this anyway and then motherfucking kanye appears

omfg what

Kanye makes this whole thing perfect

holy shit

itsleightaylor:

forensic-dragons:

philliptunalunatique:

jaygh4stly:

omg i was going to reblog this anyway and then motherfucking kanye appears

omfg what

Kanye makes this whole thing perfect

holy shit

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andrewthewhip:

bottomlessblue:

m-hart:

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slapmymind:

tastykake:

Taylor Swift vs. Avril Lavigne - We are Complicated

#this sounds like the act 1 finale of a teenage lesbian jukebox musical

#that tag changes everything

#Taylor’s widely acknowledged around town as the ‘good girl’ #Avril’s from the wrong side of the tracks #natural opposites that get paired as partners for a chemistry project #what starts out as schoolwork becomes something more as the girls slowly fall for each other #but there’s trouble in paradise when Avril realizes Taylor’s needy for attention and Taylor thinks Avril’s too edgy #a fight breaks out and the two break it off #Act 1 ends with them storming away from each other to opposite sides of the stage #Taylor sings of how through she is with Avril #and Avril is furious at Taylor for being so complicated

"Take off all your preppy clothes" omfg its so perfect leav e me to die

Let’s play the “how long ‘till I regret having drawn this” game

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First time I reblogged this was MONTHS ago and I still listen to it regularly, and also think about writing a teenage lesbian jukebox musical very often.

I swear to god I want to write this right now. (If only because it gives me an excuse to listen to T-Swift and Avril…)

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rupaulsfootrace:

sexting-your-grandma:

Is getting heartbroken a hobby????

No honey, it’s a career

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Lots of people hate certain singers and don’t listen to their music, but then they’ll reblog one of their song lyrics when they come across it in a random artsy picture post on tumblr. This makes me laugh.


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It’s not ok to judge people for being friends with someone you think isn’t cool, or is weird, or is possibly a bad person, especially when you do not even know that person.

It is also, similarly, not ok to judge a person for liking a singer, actor, actress, movie, book, TV show, or anything for that matter, just because you have some misconstrued notions against it based on hastily gathered, unverified details you believe about it/them.

It is also not ok to hold such uninformed beliefs against that person, singer, actor, actress, movie, book, TV show, etc. or use it to judge or slander them.

You don’t have to like everything, but people shouldn’t feel bad for doing what they want, being who they are, or liking what they like, just because you don’t feel the same.


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