Taylor Swift’s ‘Shake It Off’ Video Director Mark Romanek Fires Back at Racism Allegations

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By Philip Cosores

In an informative interview with VultureTaylor Swift‘s “Shake It Off” video director, Mark Romanek, spoke candidly about allegations of racial stereotypes in the much-discussed clip.

Related: 7 Videos That Led Director Mark Romanek to Taylor Swift

In response to rapper Earl Sweatshirt‘s criticism of the video, Romanek said: “[Earl] stated clearly that he hadn’t seen the video and didn’t even intend to watch it. So, respectfully, that sort of invalidates his observations from the get-go. And it’s this one uninformed tweet that got reported on and rehashed, which started this whole ‘controversy.’ We simply choose styles of dance that we thought would be popular and amusing and cast the best dancers that were presented to us without much regard to race or ethnicity.

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