This is The Shit

I'm not going to pretend that this is a deep, meaningful place for you to develop an insightful thought process for the world that we live in today. I'm not even going to pretend that this is a place for you to broaden your horizons and branch out to new ideas. This is purely a place for you to see what is, in fact, The Shit, and what is not. For those that do not quite know what is The Shit, you shall now know. For those that do not yet know what isn't The Shit, I shall gladly inform you. For this...this is The Shit.

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. 


Muthafuckin boom. This comment. ^

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. 

Muthafuckin boom. This comment. ^

alwayspraisethemockingjay:

chilope:

txtpostprincess:

if you’re a girl and you call everyone “bro” you need to stop because you sound unattractive and stupid

if you’re a person who thinks someone shouldn’t be allowed to use certain words because of their gender you need to stop because you sound unattractive and stupid

Haha

Reblogging for the delightful rebuttal.

coveredinsnow-:

ilovemaydayparade69:

rubee:

"why dont you just give him a chance"

idk because im not physically or mentally attracted to him and ‘but he likes you’ or ‘but hes really nice’ isnt going to change the fact that im not interested

Damn, I don’t think women know how much that really hurts

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I’m kinda mad this kid is saying that. Like a girl is supposed to date someone she’s not even interested in, just because he wants to date her? Just because he’s into her, she is somehow obligated to be with him? Otherwise, she’s cruel or hurtful? She’s supposed to put her own interests and likes and dislikes aside all because some boy that she doesn’t even like, happens to like her? That’s not how romance works. That’s not how relationships work. So gtfo. Trying to lay on the guilt trip doesn’t prove thay she’s a “bad person,” it shows that you’re a manipulative ass.

Having someone read your story

Is so nerve-wracking because even though its not about you and its all made up, its like, “hey, here’s a piece of my soul that I put down on paper, please don’t hate it.”

tinykhajiit:

danban:

tinykhajiit:

For someone who doesn’t follow my religion much anymore, I still get offended by jokes

I get that. I used to be Muslim, and even though I’m definitely not anymore, I find jokes about Islam/Muslims mildly infuriating

I’m so glad someone can relate. I was raised Mormon and hearing jokes about multiple wives and being a cult just makes me want to hurt someone.

YES. Just yes.

Just because I don’t follow it doesn’t mean that I think it should be bashed. I feel that way about any religion.