Posts Tagged ‘MTV’


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WHAT?! Taylor Swift made a weird, white person misstep? Uh oh…

Taylor swift dropped the music video for her latest 1989 single, “Wildest Dreams,” during the MTV VMAs pre-show on Sunday, and after its release the clip was criticized as depicting colonialism because, oh, I don’t know the whole thing was filmed in Botswana and South Africa, and follows Swift and other white people making movies and effing around.

In a statement issued by director Joseph Kahn and provided by Swift’s publicist, he said the video was “not about colonialism, but about a love story on the set of a period film crew in Africa, 1950.” He also compared the video to films like Out of Africa and The English Patient, a connection some critics made as well.

Here is Kahn’s full statement:

“Wildest Dreams” is a song about a relationship that was doomed, and the music video concept was that they were having a love affair on location away from their normal lives. This is not a video about colonialism but a love story on the set of a period film crew in Africa,1950.

There are black Africans in the video in a number of shots, but I rarely cut to crew faces outside of the director as the vast majority of screentime is Taylor and Scott.

The video is based on classic Hollywood romances like Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, as well as classic movies like The African Queen, Out of Africa and The English Patient, to name a few.

The reality is not only were there people of color in the video, but the key creatives who worked on this video are people of color. I am Asian American, the producer Jil Hardin is an African American woman, and the editor Chancler Haynes is an African American man. We cast and edited this video. We collectively decided it would have been historicially inaccurate to load the crew with more black actors as the video would have been accused of rewriting history. This video is set in the past by a crew set in the present and we are all proud of our work.

There is no political agenda in the video. Our only goal was to tell a tragic love story in classic Hollywood iconography. Furthermore, this video has been singled out, yet there have been many music videos depicting Africa. These videos have traditionally not been lessons in African history. Let’s not forget, Taylor has chosen to donate all of her proceeds from this video to the African Parks Foundation to preserve the endangered animals of the continent and support the economies of local African people.

What do YOU think of this music video controversy? Do you think the video is guilty of colonialism? I Kinda do, but like a softcore-style insensitivity that is mostly due to good-natured ignorance.


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Posted Thursday, September 3rd, 2015 at 11:11am
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Amber Rose And Blac Chyna Have Their Own Reality Series.

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I think the end of days is upon us.

I’m not a religious person, but the idea that Blac Chyna and Amber Rose are getting more money than they know what to do with simply by having banging bodies and working instagram accounts means I am doing something WRONG WITH MY LIFE.

TMZ reports that these two are getting their own MTV reality show, and it’s very close to being a done deal (not with the devil, with MTV).  Aside from being weird LGBT-rights BET makeout buddies, both women have a lot in common: they’re single, working mothers with high-profile rappers for baby daddys and money in the bank. Oh yeah, and they’re both also former strippers.

Sources close to production say the show will focus Amber and Chyna taking care of their kids while juggling work, including club appearances. No word if Wiz Khalifa or Tyga will be involved but I am assuming there will be lots of cleavage, booty shorts and cleavage. Finally, a show for WORKING MOMS.

Photo: Instagram

Posted Wednesday, August 26th, 2015 at 1:13pm
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VMA Rumors, Anyone?

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If you love the VMAs, you KNOW this year has already been a ginormous tease.

At least we know for sure that Miley Cyrus is going to host… but what of the rest of the performers? Well, through some super top secret insider info, it’s being reported that Taylor Swift, Kanye West, Selena Gomez, The Weeknd, Bruno Mars, Kendrick Lamar, AND Nicki Minaj will all be performing.

That’s a pretty heavy lineup.

Taylor Swift is supposed to sing Bad Blood (which means the model squad might also be in tow) while word on the street Nicki Minaj might perform Trini Dem Girls with Lunchmoney Lewis.

The Weeknd is reportedly set to perform Can’t Feel My Face, and Nick Jonas and Walk The Moon will take the stage on the VMAS pre-show singing Levels and Shut Up and Dance.

No word on what Selena, Yeezy, Bruno and the like will perform but this feels like a heavy-hitting show, don’t it? Who do you want to see most from these rumored performers?

Photo: Instagram

Posted Tuesday, August 25th, 2015 at 11:11am
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Here’s A Sneak Peek Of Tay’s New MUSIC VIDEO!

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Taylor Swift released a little MTV teaser for her newest music video/single, “Wildest Dreams” and it feels very animal and romance heavy (you know, like Taylor).

Earlier this month she announced that this song was going to be the next single but she didn’t mention that Scott Eastwood was gonna be featured. And so it is, and so it goes (sexily, with lots of Zebras).

Tell us what YOU think of the teaser!

Posted Monday, August 24th, 2015 at 12:12pm
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