And while Valenti rightly gave a nod to Beyoncé’s tireless work in backing up her feminist mantle, the celebration of Swift’s not entirely eloquent feminist statement is illustrative of the amount of work that feminists of colour have to do, in many cases, in order to be seen to be “doing feminism” right; white, middle-class women like Swift will be celebrated just for saying “Yes, I’m feminist”, even though their art may suggest otherwise. Indeed, it’s difficult to reconcile Swift’s feminism with her latest video, Shake It Off, in which black women’s bodies are objectified and parodied. Music critic Jessica Hopper wrote, of Swift’s crawling through a ‘tunnel’ of twerking dancers, “That smirk highlights the chasm between the guileless white pop star playing dress-up with her Cuban link chains and the capable brown ass shaking above her. It’s a really cheap move that plays on the historic, racist mythology about black women’s sexuality in order to underscore her own.”
Commuting for school is hard :(
girl: be rough with me ;)
I almost full out cried twice today: while watching Beyoncé’s VMA performance and when Louis CK just accepted the comedy writing Emmy for his fat lady episode.
I wish there was less footage of Taylor Swift embarrassing herself during Beyonce’s VMA performance and more of Blue Ivy and Jay-Z, or anyone else for that matter.