Hey, so just trying to make sense of the backlash Taylor Swift’s video for ‘Shake it off’ is currently getting from people like —-»
Ok that’s cool, but I just watched the new Nicki Minaj video for ‘Anaconda’ and I’m pretty, prettyy, pretty confused in how her video isn’t getting similar responses from such commentators?
IDK, is Minaj an exception in perpetuating black stereotypes and using them to entertain? Is it only ever okay to twerk in a video if you’re black? BUT ISN’T THAT STILL REDUCING A CULTURE TO A SEXUALISED PERFORMANCE? AREN’T BLACK WOMEN, WOMEN IN GENERAL, SO MUCH MORE THAN A TWERK? WHY ARE THERE ONLY BLACK WOMEN WITH BIG BUMS IN NICKI’S VIDEO? YOU CAN FIND MEN AND WOMEN ALL OVER THE WORLD WITH BOOTY? AM I MISSING SOMETHING? IS TWERKING A SACRED ACT? WHAT ARE THE RULES? WHY AM I YELLING?
reblogging THIS post from the sea of confused responses to the anaconda vs. shake it off debate because i think it comes from an honest place and because there are really good, valid questions.
first, THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THESE TWO VIDEOS IS CULTURAL APPROPRIATION. that is a phrase that has been used more than ever since miley cyrus’ infamous performance at the MTV VMAs last year, but WHAT IT MEANS is taylor is wearing this identity as a costume (and actually she couldn’t be more clear about the fact that she is wearing a costume, but more on that later). taylor can wear these clothes and dance (or pretend to dance) provocatively in the name of being edgy and fun, but she can also take off this identity when it becomes inconvenient for her. she also retains full privilege, both social and creative.
"well what if nicki stops dressing and acting the way she does? isn’t she inviting criticism?" this is a little more sticky. lets just start by establishing that even if nicki dressed in black leggings and a crewneck and flats and did a joyful little dance, she would still be treated differently. it seems preposterous to even say, but there is a double standard when it comes to feminism. nicki minaj’s black body will still betray her, no matter what she is doing or wearing. nicki minaj’s body shape is "too provocative" and should be covered up. conversely, it is acceptably EDGY and COOL-PROVOCATIVE if lady gaga appears scantily clad in a video or even in public, but it is suddenly tawdry and tasteless if rihanna does something similar.