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Aug 19, 2014

Music video for Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off"

By , Billboard

Hours after Taylor Swift premiered her single, “Shake It Off,” and its accompanying music video, Earl Sweatshirt took to Twitter to express his thoughts on how it is “inherently offensive and ultimately harmful.”

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Others, besides Earl, deem Taylor Swift’s video as racist or an example of cultural appropriation, pointing out that the scenes of her twerking and breakdancing (or trying to) takes signifiers of black culture and uses them as a form of entertainment or mockery.

“Shake It Off” continues the conversation of cultural appropriation that sprung up when Katy Perry released the music video for “This is How We Do,” in which she wears her hair in cornrows and uses slang, and when Miley Cyrus began twerking (in public).

“I guess I’ll just stick to baseball and hot dogs, and that’s it,” Katy Perry told Rolling Stone of the criticism. “I know that’s a quote that’s gonna come to f–k me in the ass, but can’t you appreciate a culture?”

Earl, as like the rest of the Odd Future collective, isn’t one to shy away from expressing his thoughts. Neither is A-Trak, who sarcastically tweeted about the video.