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Earl Sweatshirt Says Taylor Swift’s Video For “Shake It Off” Is Offensive & Harmful

(AllHipHop News) The question of how Hip Hop is appropriated into pop culture and used by non-Black/Latino artists has been a discussion within the culture since its inception. In recent years, pop stars like Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, and Lady Gaga added elements of Hip Hop into their songs via production and guest appearances.

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Taylor Swift has become the latest pop-friendly performer to incorporate Hip Hop into her brand. While also including ballet, modern dance, 80’s New Wave, and cheerleading, Swift’s new video for “Shake It Off” is heavy on Hip Hop references.

The clip features the singer carrying a boombox and donning street wear clothing, B-boys dancing, and backup dancers twerking. Swift even breaks into a rap in the middle of the song.

Odd Future’s Earl Sweatshirt did not appreciate Swift’s video. The rapper sent out a series of tweets blasting the Pennsylvania native for what he sees as perpetuating Black stereotypes to her mostly white, female fan base.

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Read Earl Sweatshirt’s tweets and watch Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” video below.

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