“‘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,” Joseph said (via E! News) about the backlash, which comes from an article by NPR titled ‘Taylor Swift Is Dreaming Of a Very White Africa,’ among others. “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,” Joseph added.
“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 historically 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,” Joseph said.
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“I’m not trying to be in the squad,” Miley told The New York Times. “None of my friends are famous and not because of any other reason than I just like real people who are living real lives, because I’m inspired by them.”
There’s just one more day until Taylor Swift premieres her “Wildest Dreams” music video and she has shared a teaser photo from set!
The 25-year-old singer is seen wearing a retro outfit while posing alongside her co-star Scott Eastwood.
Scott also posted the picture on his Instagram account with a super sweet message.
“What an amazing time working with @taylorswift Not only is she a rockstar. But someone I am proud to call a friend. She is a great person and those are hard to find in your life. When you do…. Hold tight,” Scott said.
The music video for “Wildest Dreams” will premiere on Sunday night during the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards pre-show.
Taylor Swift brought out a very special guest during her Wednesday evening (August 26) 1989 tour stop in Los Angeles – Friends character Phoebe Buffay!
The 25-year-old entertainer even introduced actress Lisa Kudrow as Phoebe and they sang her hit coffee shop song “Smelly Cat” for the screaming crowd.
“This singer, she’s only ever played in coffee houses before. She’s never played in a big venue like this so please make her feel welcome. Her name is Phoebe Buffay,” Taylor said, before bringing out Lisa.
“So @taylorswift13 is THE best person I’ve ever met. That was fun. Thanks Taylor,” Lisa wrote that evening on her Twitter account. Watch the video below!