get to know me meme [2/6] movies - submarine (2010)
”Her new boyfriend has an incredibly long neck. Just thinking about giraffes makes me angry.”
So I watched this music video, and this is in fact completely untrue. There are many scenes in which black/brown girls are casted.
One could conceivably argue that any white star who features twerking in a music video is automatically being exploitative.
However, that was not my perception of this video in particular. It actually appeared to me the director took pains to portray a variety of dance styles (ballet, interpretive dance, rhythmic gymnastics, break dancing, twerking, cheerleading, etc.) all as equally valid art forms. Every performing group in the video includes a variety of ethnicities. I think I did actually see a black/brown dancer in the ballet troupe, though it’s difficult to tell. Look in the rear left of this gif:
We don’t know if they cast individual dancers or hired a dance troupe, so if black women are underrepresented that might say more about the dance troupe’s selection practices than the video director’s casting practices.
All the styles of dance, ballet or otherwise are presented in the same fashion — talented professionals being brilliant + Taylor Swift being endearingly incompetent. The black women in the video aren’t portrayed as Taylor’s dancing accessories, but rather as experts in their style:
Moreover, at the end of the video there’s a sequence showing all the different professionals being silly and dancing in a non-choreographed manner, thereby humanizing them, showing they exist outside of their role as dancers in Taylor’s video:
I think if we interpret the twerking scenes in this video as demeaning, that says more about our cultural perception of black women than it does about this particular video’s specific portrayal of black women.
It killed me that no one saw that this was clearly about different dance styles.
Dylan O’brien and Thomas Sangster attend the ‘Maze Runner’ New York City screening hosted by Twentieth Century Fox and Teen Vogue at SVA Theater on September 15, 2014.
Adrien Sahores photographed by Dan Smith in an editorial for Seventh Man magazine.
You Make Me Really Happy Meme: Taylor Swift [Favourite Female]
"My hope for the future- not just in the music industry, but in every young girl I meet- is that they all realise their worth and ask for it."
oh man the best is when a dude is like "you’re not wife material." fucking good. i want to be totalitarian dictator material; blood sucking life ruiner material; fucking bulletproof immortal drug lord material. not your fucking wife you gross asshole.