Earl Sweatshirt

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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  • Fosho3528

    She’s like five different things in that video. How is this any more harmful than if a rapper wore five different costumes and one of them was a f*ckin cowboy. Whatever EARL.

    • hoeyuno

      Black cowboys are the shiznat!!!!

    • Immortal

      If earl can get “mad” over Swift doing nothing yet being a “culture vulture” then what the hell would these be? And they DAMN sure aren’t Hip Hop. He lost the argument as soon as he said no need to watch the video. But he would have no problem collecting that paycheck if she called asking for a collabo

  • gurdyghost

    this is no different then what justin bieber and iggy azalea do on a daily basis…they are walking talking parodies of black culture….hence the term culture vultures.

    • Jonathan Bacher

      no. not hence at all.

      • Joe L. Garcia

        i’ll show you something “hence-d”

  • ChiVa02

    Yeah, I believe Earl when he says he hasn’t actually watched the video..Cause for the first time in my life, I watched something with Taylor Swift in it…and nah. Nothin there to get mad about.

    • johnblacksad

      I believe Earl is lyin… he watched the damn video but now he can’t explain how he ended up watching a Taylor Swift video in the first place… ninja like me would be quick to call him out

      • ChiVa02

        LOL!!! Yeah, I can see that too.

        Let me get back to Little Brother. Forgot how dope “The Listening” is..

      • bisolabliss

        Kudos and I’m about to follow your lead.

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  • Jonathan Bacher

    Stop crying earl

  • Darkfather504

    Its no different than what the rest of the culture vultures are doing … give her time she’ll fall in like Iggy, Justin etc so Earl although I feel what your saying but cultural vultureism’s been around what since Elvis

    • Casor_Greener

      aint this one of the dudes who was eating cockroaches and isht. ahahaha forget this chump

  • The Legendary Troll

    who cares what this dome headed negro has to say?

  • Reblogged this on HUEY mix wit RILEY.

  • Tay

    And again another article abot race.. In Fergeuson they asked Nelly how he can help. How about buying this site and firing the trash ass race baiting writers on here. They like a black version of Fox news. Always reporting sum bullshit never trying to fix the bullshit.

    • ANDRE SALAZAR

      You on point bro! #preach

    • Papi Peligro

      Yeah who cares. Iggy Azalea on tops of the charts same difference. Black people never were top of the charts for years and our music was always trans formative and allowed other races to take the top charts. I have never dressed or known anyone to dress like Taylor Swift in that video. It doesn’t reflect my culture.

  • RayStantz

    Jeezus… I hate that they will give anybody a mic nowadays. Dude please STFU… there is nothing offensive about that video. She’s showing different styles of dance, nothing in it is a stereotype.

  • mademan3000

    Wowwwwww his name is EARL!!!

  • ANDRE SALAZAR

    That’s why I love Odd Future! They give me faith the next generation coming-up have their heads on their shoulders & are clearly smarter than those in charge right now!

  • Judah Nazayar

    thanks earl for standing up for sum shit. these dingleberry ham and egger ass niggas on the comment board..woukdnt get offended if the bytch was in black face.
    is it just me..or are nigas cooning hard body for everything now?
    Nigga..the whiteman dont love you.. so take that porchmoneky shit and robin williams yourselves. EARL>>>>>>>>>>weak ass niggas on this comment board

    • ItGoesDownINtheDM

      i just hope he doesnt back peddle like tyler did when he dissed iggy

    • johnblacksad

      God, My God >>>>>>> Your God

    • hoeyuno

      Yet your back daily starting weak ass arguments…your hate starts to look like jealousy when 10 times a day your writing about the “whiteman”…

  • RichFromBX

    “haven’t watched the taylor swift video…” okay, fine but then STFU. How are you going to have an opinion and call something “inherently offensive and harmful” when you haven’t even seen it. That’s just as ignorant as someone saying “I don’t know you and I’ve never met you but I heard you were black and like the color red so you must be in a gang and sell drugs”

    • ItGoesDownINtheDM

      hes prob trolling which is even sadder cause he is killing he sting out of our voices for the sake of gaining publicity for himself ….

  • El Dogga

    First of all I can’t listen to any intelligent perspective by someone named “Earl Sweatshirt”! lol

    Watch the video first! It’s not offensive at all…..well maybe the ballerina part! lol

  • jd

    Crazy he felt how I felt when I saw the clip. Right on young man.

  • Quintin Williams

    I do understand what he is saying but Hip Hop is so much more offensive and harmful

    • Deserteagle911

      If you think Hip Hop is offensive and harmful, then you need to talk to the founders so they can school you. You don’t know what Hip Hop is apparently. (Hint: it’s not on the radio)

  • best_believe

    Ya 5 min is over Earl. Stop being angry. The lil bimbo is just doing her teeny bop shit. She ain’t trying to offend nobody. You think teeny bop black girls don’t act like lil white girls making fun of them?

  • Phatt Killah

    Man people kill me with the dumbshit

  • TheAkademik

    Kanye should have slapped her instead

  • johnblacksad

    What that tells you about the actual state of hip hop… nowadays you have hip hop artists complaining about little white girls videos… smh… I could swear it used to be the other way around… Used to be provocative, used to leave white people shook…

    but now, ‘Earl the Sweatshirt’ is offended by a Taylor Swift video… smh… n!gga, how you even heard about that video or song in the first place?!!… my world is free of this type of info. smdh

  • johnblacksad

    We went from names like Ghostface Killah to Earl The Sweatshirt… and you wonder why he is offended… smh

    These ninjas soft like a virgin pina colada

    I bet you Ghostface has never heard of this video nor song!

  • hoeyuno

    …tell those girls i’ll run in your circle head first/choke tyler with the drawstrings from earls sweatshirt

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  • Freezamon

    I like the song..WTF is he talking about? JS..lmao

  • ChinotheJet

    This song/video is toilet tissue

  • Q.

    Odd Future wastes their platform making music about ???, but dude wants to get political on Twitter? Bang on the devil in your music, bruh.

  • Sean Power

    please note he started by saying he never watch the video, his just doing this to get some PR , and let act like odd future has making such powerful video

  • chainsawhandz

    Well, yes, she’s referencing several dance cultures for the duration of the video. Doesn’t really seem like she’s actually appropriating any of those cultures in her career though.

  • Sean Breitkreutz

    I believe Earl Sweatshirt is garnering all this heated debate over nothing to direct A LOT of attention towards himself, and this is most likely because he might drop something soon. A new song, announcement maybe? He did the same thing last year around the time “Hive” and Doris came out with the Jay Z diss. He’s a smart guy, and I doubt he ultimately gives a shit about Taylor Swift’s “racism.” Plus…tomorrow is the one year anniversary of Doris….isn’t that neat………..;)

  • Sean Breitkreutz

    There’s literally 715 articles on google news with the name “Earl Sweatshirt” in place. Good way to get all eyes on you.

  • Black Adam

    Reaching. She need a lil salt thrown her way though.

  • R. Marshall

    Nothing offensive here, except rapper advertising their ignorance – and still commenting.

    She makes fun of herself (and her inability to dance) more than anything in the video.

    Earl just lost one.

    #oldenoughtorememberwhenrapwasfun

    #helpearlremovethefootfromhismouth

    #taylorwonthisround

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