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Earl Sweatshirt Thinks Taylor Swift’s ‘Shake It Off’ Video Is ‘Perpetuating Black Stereotypes’

"I don't need to watch it to tell you that it's inherently offensive and ultimately harmful"

Colin Joyce ProfileBy: Colin Joyce // August 19, 2014

After weeks of teasing, Taylor Swift dropped “Shake It Off,” the first single from her forthcoming album 1989, on Monday night. The dance-oriented clip has already drawn the ire of some corners of the internet, not the least of which was from Odd Future’s Earl Sweatshirt. The Los Angeles rapper took to Twitter last night, as Pitchfork points out, to criticize the “inherently offensive” video which features, at different points, Swift prancing through a crowd of breakdancers and crawling through a tunnel of twerking women.

“Haven’t watched the Taylor Swift video and I don’t need to watch it to tell you that it’s inherently offensive and ultimately harmful,” Earl said.

He then went on to claim that the video was “perpetuating black stereotypes.” Read all the tweets below. For a visual understanding of the Doris rapper’s critiques you can watch the “Shake It Off” clip in full or catch a few gifs snagged from it. Read recent SPIN interviews with both Swift and Sweatshirt.