Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Taylor Swift 's Glamorization of Colonialism

Studying imperialism? Here's a interesting hook.

Taylor Swift's newest single, Wildest Dream, is set in 1950 in colonial Africa. Swift is dressed in colonial garb and "plays an actress who's having a love affair with her co-star in a film."

The problem, according to NPR, is that the video glamorizes colonialism. "Critics took the video to task for its mainly white cast and for presenting a "glamorous version of the white colonial fantasy of Africa..."

Thanks to Bram Hubbell for posting the story on Facebook.

1 comment:

H.F. said...

It's worth reminding folks that the story within the story in Swift's video recalls Karen Blixen's love affair with Finch Hatton during the time she lived in Kenya (1914-1931). She wrote about him flying her over her farm in Out of Africa as seen in the video. The 1985 film version, starring Meryl Streep and Robert Redford, combined details from Blixen's biography and from Out of Africa. By all accounts, Hatton was beloved in Africa. Blixen, in Out of Africa, spends a great deal of time writing to reveal and understand more about the Kikuyu who worked on the farm and the Masai who lived in the vicinity. It's inexplicable why the video would be set in the 1950s.