Earl Sweatshirt Calls Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off" Video "Inherently Offensive"

posted Tuesday August 19 ,2014 at 10:30AM CDT | 126 comments

Earl Sweatshirt Calls Taylor Swift's

The Odd Future emcee also refers to the Swift music video as "harmful."

Taylor Swift recently released a music video for "Shake It Off," a clip that features the singer backed by several types of dancers, including ballerinas, interpretive dancers, cheerleaders, breakdancers and twerkers. The Taylor Swift video has garnered criticism and has been deemed "inherently offensive" by Earl Sweatshirt

"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," Sweatshirt says. "perpetuating black stereotypes to the same demographic of white girls who hide their prejudice by proclaiming their love of the culture...for instance, those of you who are afraid of black people but love that in 2014 it's ok for you to be trill or twerk or say nigga." 

Miley Cyrus received similar criticism during performances promoting her album Bangerz.

"It's really funny how serious people take it," Cyrus said at the time to MSNBC. "And they're like, 'You're racist'. And I'm like, 'Really?' We're like a bunch of kids dancing around in, like, bears, but we don't do choreography. They're just like dancing, doing these cute moves and they're awesome dancers like just on their own. It's not me telling them how to be. We're making them feel sexual and beautiful." 

However, as NME points out, dancer Hollis Jane, who once supported Miley as a performer, said she felt degraded during a show.

"I was a bear in Miley Cyrus' VMA performance and it was my first time doing anything like that... anything where I was being used because of my height, not because of my talent," she said. "And I will be the first one to tell you that standing on that stage, in that costume was one of the most degrading things I felt like I could ever do.''

Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off" is below.

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  • Kizman
    Whites, Asians, Indians and Hispanics could give a fuck about the social, economic or political status of Blacks around the world...So why the fuck are ya'll worried about who can say "nigga" and who can't??? Muthafuckas that try to pretend or pacify the word nigga to mean jus somebody who's ignorant, regardless of race is following along with a RACIST agenda...Making you believe that calling somebody who's black a nigga isn't racist...That way they you can't bring them to justice...White people have the burden of proving that they are overall better than anyone else, so they are constantly thinking of ways to separate themselves from the prejudice mindsets of their grandparents, who were very honest and open about how they felt towards people of color. Today they cloak their bigotry with humor, cuteness and whit...A cowardly stance but much more effective because now they can execute racism and you'll buy into it because it's not overtly demeaning. If a white person calls you a nigga or thinks that shit is cool or tries to justify doing it because black people call themselves that word...do yourself a favor and get the fuck away from them ASAP...they are not your friend!
  • Oli
    LOOOL. Don't take Earl's comment literally. He's a sarcastic motherfucker. "I haven't watched the video", "inherently harmful". This coming from a dude who made the epically gross & funny 'Earl' vid showing kids getting wasted. And Taylor Swift's video is just embarrassing with its feeble attempts at recycling black culture, I thought Miley was bad, but this is... inherently harmful? :)
    • Anonymous
      Why does Nick I get flak for tweaking yet taylor doesnt when she shows it? What a racist sellout. She always sucks but now she's a sellout.
    • Anonymous
      Taylor got plenty of flak for twerking.
    • Anonymous
      Proof? The only indifference towards taylor are blacks that have been discriminated. Minsk twerk and taylor shows twerking yet she gets no flak for twerking while Nick I does.
    • Anonymous
      Look online though various social media sites. Taylor gets tons of flack for twerking, especially from people. who make fun of how skinny she is and how she sucks at it. All twerking gets criticized, no matter who does it.
  • Street Nigga
    these odd future kids are all faggots. Thats why most of their fans are 13 year old white kids
    • Anonymous
      Don't you mean Negro Boys? Never met a white Odd Future fan.
  • Dick Butt
    Few rappers put out decent music anymore and the ones that fail, like earl turtleneck here, need to stay relevent somehow, so they scrape the bottom of the barrel and run their mouths for some attention. I wouldnt take him too seriously, flops like him rely on last ditch efforts of foolishness to make a few extra dollars.
  • Anonymous
    I have never wanted to knock a mother fucker toothless more than this clown shoe. Never heard his music but that dumbass picture of his teeth makes me want to curb his fucking face.
  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous
    How can you comment on something you've never watched?
  • Clappah
    isnt it obvious that earl is trolling? Keyboard warriors out here in full force.
  • Anonymous
    If it were his bed buddy Tyler, he would be apologizing by now.
  • Anonymous
    i HATE taylor swift but its nothing wrong with the video (other then her in those booty shorts being shaped like binder paper) she had diff types of dancing in it... so what
  • Anonymous
    More than a dozen witnesses have backed up the account of Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the controversial shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown, police sources reportedly told St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Christine Byers. Byers also reported on Monday that Browns body was transported from the county medical examiner to a funeral home and then back to the medical examiner for three autopsies. Police sources tell me more than a dozen witnesses have corroborated cops version of events in shooting #Ferguson Christine Byers (@ChristineDByers) August 19, 2014 Protests continued on Monday night, more than a week after Brown was fatally shot by Wilson. Though Wilson has not spoken publicly about his side of the story, an alleged friend of the officer, identified only as Josie, shared what she claimed to be Wilsons recollection of events. CNN later confirmed that the womans account matches Wilsons account of the shooting, according to their law enforcement sources. The woman called into TheBlaze TV host Dana Loeschs radio show on Friday, claiming that Brown bum-rushed Wilson moments after pushing him into his squad car, punching him in the face and trying to grab the cops gun. Michael and his friend turn around. And Michael taunts him And then all the sudden he just started bumrushing him. He just started coming at him full speed. And, so he just started shooting. And, he just kept coming. And, so he really thinks he was on something, the caller added. The final shot was in the forehead, and then he fell about two or three feet in front of the officer.
    • Anonymous
      no one believes you. everyone knows youve been paid to try to suade public opinion. but no one on hhdx gives a fuck about ur bullshit propaganda. do sling that elswhere
    • AnonDaBUU
      This propaganda belongs on yahoo or some fux news site. F off pig
  • Anonymous
    That is offensive? A girl has some other girls shakin their ass in a video and they're offending and demeaning people based on their skin colour? What?! How can you even comment when you ain't seen the fucking vid? Now I'm gonna be rolling round talking about how "I shake it off, oh oh" all day thanks to this shit. Fuck you Earl trackpants
  • Kristin Carrier
    This shit is SO funny to me...you can't even post ur page or name or none of that...Fuck outta here...rep ur name....location...and opinion...any b*tch that dont like it....F*CK EM
    • don mcintyre
      Kristin, you have a lot to learn. Her money doesn't change what she's doing and her flunkies cashing her checks only add to the situation. People like you hold these celebrities up like gods just because of their bank accounts and media covered "success" when Taylor or any other celebrity are human. You have no true idea how she feels about people, relations or situations in the real world. You need to let go of social media for a month and live in reality, get your mind back to the true fundamentals of life. You truly sound like the internet is raising you.
  • Kristin Carrier
    Earl Sweatshirt...b4 you show'd up in my newsfeed I had never even heard of you....Do you really think ur tweet or whatever the fuck is gonna make a difference?!?! Really tho?? She will be laughing as she rolls to the bank every day...get your mind right!!!
    • ShutTheFuckUpKristin
      Shut The Fuck Up Kristin.
  • For Real
    How can you criticize something when you're first comment is, "haven't watched the taylor swift video" That's some of the dumbest shit I've ever read.
    • Kristin Carrier
      WEAK MINDED....thats how...Im about to ride on this boy
  • Kristin Carrier
    By the way...I'm not anonymous for a reason....if you have something to say make that shit known and rock with it!!!
  • Kristin Carrier
    Let me tell you something jit...you have no idea...her video isn't harmful in ANY way...why don't you get a little knowledge and talk about: White Stripes - I just dont know what to do with myself OR So Solid Crew - So Grimey OR NERD - Lapdance OR Christina Aguilera Dirty OR Nellie - Tip Drill Remix OR Madonna - Justify My Love OR Ludacris - P Poppin ?!?! Oh thats right cause you have no musical knowledge and only wanna single out Taylor Swift, who by the way, can't dance and wasn't twerking herself. If you take notice, the majority of her backup dancers were African American and I'm sure they had no complaints as they went to the bank and cashed their checks. So....F*ck outta here with that bullshit post/tweet!!!!
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    • Anon
      You're an idiot
  • Anonymous
    ok and blacks need to stop stereotyping against whites also all in comedy, movies and everywhere than soons as a black think they being stereotyped they get sensitive kill each other support it and salute it all in music and neighborhoods won't come together and soons as a white kill a black everybody come together and out their seats....call ourselves niggas and kill each other like its nothing but riot when a white kill one of us...
    • Anonymous
      what about the oj simpson riots
    • Anonymous
      was there really oj simpson riots? damn i knew they rioted for rodney king but OJ? who was rioting white folk mad her got off?
    • Anonymous
      I hear nothing but whites calling her out for this. I think a lot of y'all are mad because these truths are coming out and y'all feel a certain type of way.
  • Anonymous
    ok and blacks need to stop stereotyping against whites also all in comedy, movies and everywhere than sons a black think they being stereotyped they get sensitive kill each other support it and salute it all in music and neighborhoods won't come together and soons as a white kill a black everybody come together and out their seats....call ourselves niggas and kill each other like its nothing but riot when a white kill one of us...
  • Anonymous
    Someone from Odd Future is saying something else is offensive? Really?
  • t
    Dont give a shit about either but he couldn't be more wrong about this
  • Anonymous
    Earl Sweatshirts head is offensive.
  • Anonymous
    Ayo, shut the fuck up, Earl!
    • Kristin Carrier
  • V-Nasty is God
    I just watched this video and there isn't shit offense about it. I really hope he's trolling or else this nigga is on one.
  • V-Nasty is God
    It's kind of weird for somebody in of to find anything music related offensive. I mean Tyler himself said he didn't give a fuck if white people said nigga. I know they're two different people but still, I got that 'i don't give a fuck' vibe from earl too. I wanna say he's trolling because he had to point out he didn't even look at the video, but who knows. Niggas weird anyway.
  • Anonymous
    The rappers and the hood rats kind of did this to themselves. Perhaps if they didn't portray themselves in a negative light on Worldstar and Youtube, then maybe this kind of thing wouldn't happen. Black people give off this fake, stereotypical image in white America and white folk run with it. Don't get mad at the white people and call them culture vultures because when people see you on TV, they cling to YOUR every word, YOUR every move. YOU black folks are the cool people everybody wants to emulate, so get the hell off your soap box with all that racism crap because I'm not trying to hear it.
    • QB
      I agree, but I doubt radio & tv would play them if they said positive messages... Everybody makes money off Black ignorance, record companies, TV & Film, and privatized prisons..
    • Anonymous
      You are also a culture vulture. Wanting to emulate us, while simultaneously hating everything we are. When you think that way there is only one choice of action, assimilate the culture then destroy its creators as to claim it for your own. It's what you do, it's what you always have done.
    • flyestmesakinalive
      hate what they cant conquer and fear what they cant understand.