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

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.''

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126 Comments

  • 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

      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.

    • 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

      Taylor got plenty of flak for twerking.

    • 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.

  • Street Nigga

    these odd future kids are all faggots. Thats why most of their fans are 13 year old white kids

  • 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

    EARL SWEATSHIRT = MASTER TROLE

  • 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

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    • AnonDaBUU

      This propaganda belongs on yahoo or some fux news site. F off pig

    • 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

  • 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!!!

  • 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

    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!!!!

  • 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

    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!

  • 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.

    • flyestmesakinalive

      hate what they cant conquer and fear what they cant understand.

    • 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.

    • 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..

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  • fuck nuts

    Earl Sweatshirt sucks dick like his whole crew. Fucking fags

  • suvio blue

    seriously Earl?! w all those white folks packing your shows, payin ya bills...ease up bruh you aiint even got a voice like that

  • Walter White

    LOL Hey Earl take it easy my nigga, take another hit of Heroin, we all know you got them needle marks on your arm

  • besides......

    to show and prove this "culture vulture" mentality, isn't Taylor Swift a country music artist? I've heard the "she's a bitch", the men she's dated don't like her, fans say she can't really sing rumors and talk, why try to "expand" now, because Miley was successful? Glad DX put that info up in the article.

    • Anonymous

      Bruthadee never thought he would see the day where he defends Odd Future but middle aged racist guys get their minds blown everyday.

    • Anonymous

      Children, there's a video posted above of her imitation and obvious attempt to "reach out". Your notations of her finances to discard the topic are absolutely ridiculous. You stepping in a pile of shit today but made $5,000 last week doesn't take away the fact you just stepped in a pile of shit today.

    • Anonymous

      Why would Taylor need to imitate Miley when she outsells her 10 x's over. Taylor Swifts last album went platinum in a week, Mileys hasn't went platinum yet.

    • Anonymous

      She is one of the biggest artists in the world and outsells everyone in hip-hop, she does not need to use black culture to sell or make a dollar.

  • Anonymous

    Yo, I'm a hot and bothered astronaut Crashing while jacking off to buffering vids of Asher Roth eating apple sauce Sent to Earth to poke Catholics in the ass with saws And knock blunt ashes into their caskets and laugh it off Twisted sicker than mad cattle, in fact I'm off Six different liquors with a Prince wig plastered on Stop screaming bitch, you shouldn't be that alarmed When Big Lips is in the attic armed with an addict's arm Earl puts the "ass" in "assassin" Puts the pieces of decomposing bodies in plastic Puts them in a pan and mixes it up with scat Then gobbles it like fat black bitches and catfish It so happens that I'm so haphazardous I'll puke a piece and put it on a hook and fucking cast the shit

  • Anonymous

    Earl Sweatsuit is a mark.

  • HELLO

    She looks like she has low self esteem. White people always try to insult blacks through some source of media outlet (be it fashion, music,movies). She knows her intent and will answer for it.

  • Anonymous

    "perpetuating black stereotypes to the same demographic of white girls (and guys too) 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." ^ absolute truth and like I said down below, I have seen this thru experience, in different states, with young and old whites. Not from surfing the internet, in society itself. "everybody wanna be a n!gg*, but don't wanna be a n!gg*"=Paul Mooney *rapgenius annotation (LOL) it's cool to try to be "black" and act like you have "swagger", but you don't want those BLACK AMERICAN PROBLEMS YOU KNOW EXIST IN EVERYDAY AMERICA We see you, trying to score cool points with your little friends, but everything the hiphop culture is about and it's original fanbase and inspirational artists, y'all wan't NO PARTS OF IT.

    • Kristin Carrier

      Bring your ass to the dirty dirty (Florida) and see how far that race shit get you!!! You all are SO weak minded!!!! I'm not going to argue with anybody we all believe what we believe, but people should definitely stop speaking on things they know nothing about. I.E. WE do protest, March and make music about ending black on black crime, just because it's not all over cnn doesn't mean it isn't happening. Stop getting sucked in by mainstream media and do the damn research before you open your mouth. They know people don't care about our protest to save our kids and our culture, they know those are the kinds of things that don't get ratings, or attention. We all know racism sells!!! Quit being another dumbass following the trend and say what you believe!!!

    • Anonymous

      "YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHAT IT IS LIKE TO BE ME AND LET ME TELL YOU WHAT IT'S LIKE TO BE YOU." - black people" Why are there so many racists on hip hop sites? Why are you so angry and defensive? I'm white, I don't say shit like this. What is wrong with you?

    • Anonymous

      You really think that was posted and not expected to be denied by whites? Surely you jest. Meanwhile your comments don't disparage actual experience of many. And if we were trying to be like you there would be no hiphop.

    • Anonymous

      "YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHAT IT IS LIKE TO BE ME AND LET ME TELL YOU WHAT IT'S LIKE TO BE YOU." - black people

    • Anonymous

      laughable at best

  • Anonymous

    Your a member of ODD FUTURE, you forfeited the right to be offended by anything the minute you aligned yourself with Tyler.

  • Jawn

    Its so easy to play mind games with this twitter and instagram age.

  • Malcolm-X

    AN IDIOT who acts like a white guy by doing all weirdo sh*t is not harmful for african culture? That b*tch nigga sucks d*ck!

  • STTDB

    This dude can shut alllll the way the fuck up. Your entire Odd Future core audience are white kids that say the N word. This is a video of people dancing.

  • soulo

    if youve watched yo gotti's latest video... http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/videos/id.17290/title.yo-gotti-errrbody- Ask yourself is that more a shot at whites than this taylor swift stuff at blacks? who's culture being pop does not see reason to create an offensive video. Point being in hiphop people make records to make you choose a side, increasing album sales or other revenue streams. But she has no reason to as shes appealing to a mass audience.

  • How Come

    How come when white people embrace black culture, they push them away? Like if whites don't embrace black culture they're out of touch and racist...but when they do embrace black culture they're mocking and racist? Why was there a fight against segregation if segregation is what is wanted, just on different terms? Hiphop has gone pop, which means it's no longer exclusive to black culture...everybody was forewarned that it would happend but didn't care cuz they were getting money.

    • Anonymous

      How Come doesn't know what a "culture vulture" means. Honestly, many of you are not embracing the "culture", many of you just want carte blanche in it's operations but still hate blacks, talk down to them, recite racial slurs, sterotypes and bigotry. In other words, many whites use the culture to score cool points with your buddies but you don't really like blacks. I am talking from experience. In different states too, with young and old whites.

    • FUCK WHITE SUPREMACY!

      @HOWCOME If you believe this is a proper representation of "BLACK CULTURE", YOU NEED TO SHUT THE FUCK UP AND STOP FUCKIN WITH HIP HOP. IF YOU FEEL TAYLOR SWIFT, MILEY CYRUS, MAC MILLER, EMINEM, MADONNA, or minstral acts such as ODD FUTURE, 2 CHAINZ, T.I., RICK ROSS, RIHANNA, SOULJAH BOY, ETC ARE A PRIME REPRESENTATION OF OUR CULTURE, YOU ARE OUT OF TOUCH!!!! THERE ARE WHITE MCs WHO GET RESPECT IN OUR COMMUNITY (RA THE RUGGED MAN, COPYWRITE, ILL BILL, DJ MUGGS, ETC) BECAUSE THEY ACKNOWLEDGE THE ISSUES THAT SO MANY OF YALL SO CALLED WHITE PEOPLE ARE SO FUCKING HARD PRESSED TO RECOGNIZE IN THE BLACK/LATINO COMMUNITY, SIT THE FUCK DOWN. YOU OBVIOUSLY DON'T KNOW WHATS GOING ON. SMH

    • Anonymous

      ssshhh.......don't talk sense.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, Taylor Swift and whoever else helped make that video are obviously racist as fuck. Fuck this bullshit. Earl is worried about offending people now though..

    • Anonymous

      "Maybe the young boul realized acting like they white boys ain't the way to rock. I don't know any Blacks/latinos fucking with them odd future cats, only corny hipster white "dudes" with a chip on their shoulder" Yeah but you're a black nerd who never gets outside and you probably know about 7 people total who acknowledge your existence.

    • Anonymous

      Maybe the young boul realized acting like they white boys ain't the way to rock. I don't know any Blacks/latinos fucking with them odd future cats, only corny hipster white "dudes" with a chip on their shoulder

  • Anonymous

    In all honesty I think Earl is crushing on Taylor, this is his way of getting her attention.

  • Anonymous

    How can you possibly form an educated an informed opinion if you never even watched the video?

  • Pussies

    what the fuck is peoples deal these days? Are we all kindergarteners? everybody gets so butt hurt over every little thing. thats racist, thats offensive, thats this, thats not politically correct, thts the truth i dont wnt to hear it. SHUT THE FUCK UP YOU PUSSY ASS BITCHES!!! there are waaaaaaay bigger issues in this country. this bitch wants to complain about Taylor Swift and black stereotypes. Well the girls are black and they are doing it soooo. Rappers let Miley in. Rappers let 2Chain a college grad act ghetto, Rick Ross, Wayne, Chief Keff, etc etc. all act like idiots just enhancing black stereotypes but thats all fine and dandy as long as no white person outside rap does it. Riff Raff? hes welcomed. white girl mob? i bet this fagget would do a verse with Iggy and she is the epitome of acting ghetto. just cause Taylor is a country artist shut the fuck up and worry bout your own life. this kid is more privileged than a lot of white people anyway. rich suburb bitch.

  • Anonymous

    His TV show perpetuates black stereotypes over everything...

  • TrillTwerkingWhiteman

    It's okay, nigga. Things are offensive if you get offended, so if you feel offended by anything - it is offensive, this is how offensive work's. So when anything said and done in this universe by someone can be considered offensive - it definetely is offensive, you don't need no lawyer's to tell you that. By the way I find your dumb shit offensive and it look's like we better tolerate than whine like bitches or do something bad about it, right?

  • gjh

    Maybe it's just an appoited part of the hype but anyway who the fuck cares?

  • Not Impressed

    I agree with everything he said. I'm getting sick of these slick tactics white entertainers (primarily females) are doing to mock black american culture. It's like there's a constant agenda in the media to separate anything black people create from mainstream American culture and trivialize it or make it look like this niche thing that "the rest of us normal people" don't do unless we're joking. These people who do the constant hiphop parodies aren't genuinely interested in the culture, they're just doing it to say "Look how cute I am wearing these dumb hiphop clothes and doing 'black guy' things!! Give me attention!!!" It's fake, cheesy, and usually temporary. Because as soon as they're no longer getting attention mocking black people with the "cute hiphop white girl" act, they will move away from it like it never happened. Look at artists like Pink... Ask her about her early days as an R&B singer and she gets embarrassed and says it was just a "black faze". I bet after this you'll never see another black person in a Taylor Swift video again. She needed us to validate her bullshit this time, but next time it's going to be business as usual...and that's the problem... I'm not impressed

  • Anonymous

    this might be him trolling everyone. then again, he has been real corny since he came back from his haitian sobriety school.

  • Lord Jamar

    what's up Krackas?

  • Bruthadee

    I wouldn't expect you suburban white nerds with white pimples and pink faces wouldn't understand what he's trying to say.

    • Anonymous

      OF's tv show reinforces negative black stereotypes tho

    • Bruthadee

      That must have hit close to home for you. A white nerd caught feelings.

    • Anonymous

      So Taylor is wrong for supposedly reinforcing "black" stereotypes but you just classified an individual a suburban white nerds with white pimples and pink faces? Okay, makes perfect sense. Got it.

    • Bruthadee

      Sweatshirt looks like the average 20 year old black man. I don't swing that way but If I was a chick I would definitely let him hit my ass doggystyle.

    • Anonymous

      look if you're gonna side with earl sweatshirt you can but don't start making this about looks. you're standing beside earl sweatshirt.

  • Anonymous

    This nigga looks like he at least 45...

  • The Editor

    Earl Sweatshirt. Watch the video.

  • Anonymous

    What the fuck are they smoking there in their camp. Is this nigga for real? I know what's really wrong nigga. Your fucking HAIRLINE!!!

  • Anonymous

    (1) If you haven't watched it, then how can you comment? (2) Isn't it inherently offensive to use the N-word repeatedly in a song? (3) Isn't it inherently offensive to repeatedly use self-suppressive messages in a song?

  • WANTED DEAD OR ALIVE

    Has anyone seen Earls hairline? $5000 REWARD

  • thakid

    also i have to add nothing on loiter squad is offensive or racist.

  • thatkid

    so if a white girl twerks she is racist?

  • Anonymous

    everything about earl sweathshirt is offensive and bad for black people

  • Anonymous

    If you watched the whole video you would know that this is so wrong. There's women and men of all races dancing and not just "twerking."

  • Earl

    What a stupid story by a stupid racist. What that video is saying is I (Miss Swift) can not dance as well as any one, but I have more fun then people who set around and poke fun at my dancing. You sir are a complete as o.

  • Anonymous

    She shows ALL dance cultures not just ratchet twerking. Earl is tripping he should have watched the whole thing before he passed judgement from his high horse. Friggin windlow licker.

  • Anonymous

    i'd be mad at whitey too if i started losing my hair at 17

  • Anonymous

    Earl is a moron here. He didn't even watch the damn video! There's nothing offensive about it. Those Loiter Squad skits he takes part in a way more offensive and and perpetuate black stereotypes far more than this Taylor Swift music video.

  • Dannydoe

    Ehh I tried. She aint wearing enough slutty clothes, not enough ass shots, etc. She still bad doe

  • Anonymous

    "haven't watched the taylor swift video and I don't need to watch it to tell you -" are you fucking serious? is "sensitive black culture expert" the big meme of 2014?

  • Dannydoe

    Ima beat off to this doe...

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