i am 0% the person i was three years ago and i would probably get in a fight with 2011 me
thehappyfreeconfused asked: Taylor Swift, who isn't a ballerina, isn't someone I'd just assume would know that because again she isn't a ballerina.
thehappyfreeconfused asked: As an add on to your post, all the segments and each group of dancers, were all already existing dance troupes. It wasn't that they went and selected people one by one. (Which maybe they should have given my next statement) Ballet is... very racially set in the way they do things? I mean it's all about sameness so one person doesn't stand out, but it also means that very few troupes will have a mix of white and POC.
Thank you for this, I didn’t know that either!
As a black woman who has spent her life immersed in black culture and surrounded by black people, I honestly think the term “cultural appropriation is being used way too much. And I partially blame the sudden rising of quasi-activists who have done a little research and think everything is harmful or offensive to people of color (I guess this way of thinking is better than the alternative).
I have watched Taylor’s Shake It Off video at least ten times. I didn’t find anything racist about it the first time I watched it, and I still don’t.
For those of you saying there are only black women in the twerking scene, I implore you to pop your contacts in and watch again, because there are black people, and specifically black women in every segment of the video excluding the ballet scene.
Do I think it’s racist that there are no black women in the ballet scene? Not necessarily. Let’s be logical. How many black dancers do you think would even show up to a casting call for Taylor Swift video? Be realistic. I’d like to think I know my own people pretty well, and I know how few of them actually listen to country pop and how many of them don’t even know who Taylor is. Now, how many of the black women who showed up do you think would be well-versed in ballet compared to hip hop dancing? Again, be realistic. And do you think Taylor herself had time to sit around and handpick each and every person cast for the music video?
Taylor’s new album is 80’s themed. If you couldn’t tell by the style of hip hop clothing she chose for the twerking scene. Why wouldn’t there be black women twerking if she’s trying to portray 80’s hip hop? That was a very big dancing style then and now. The music video is meant to make fun of the fact that she can’t dance very well, but she tries to anyway. Even in the midst of professionals. She is not making fun of twerking, or any of the dancing in the video. Keep in mind that people would also call her racist if she didn’t include any black women. And two of the four women were black, not all of them.
And don’t think for a second that this is the first time Taylor has included people of color in her work. She has had dancers and back up singers of various races since her first headlining tour
It is so great that as a society, we are becoming more aware of our words and actions. That doesn’t mean we have to look at everything under a microscope and twist something that’s meant to be joyful and light-hearted into something dark.
(segment added thanks to thehappyfreeconfused)
"As an add on to your post, all the segments and each group of dancers, were all already existing dance troupes. It wasn’t that they went and selected people one by one. (Which maybe they should have given my next statement) Ballet is… very racially set in the way they do things? I mean it’s all about sameness so one person doesn’t stand out, but it also means that very few troupes will have a mix of white and POC. Taylor Swift, who isn’t a ballerina, isn’t someone I’d just assume would know that because again she isn’t a ballerina.”