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Mark Romanek defends Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off' video

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Mark Romanek is the director of Taylor Swift's new video "Shake It Off." This song is really pop for Taylor and is also coming with some controversy. On Thursday, LA Times posted about how this director is doing all that he can to defend the video and his decisions on how he made it.

He wants Earl Sweatshirt to actually watch the video before talking bad about it. Mark spoke out saying, "I'm a fan of his and I think he's a really interesting artist, but he stated clearly that he hadn't seen the video and didn't even intend to watch it. So, respectfully, that sort of invalidates his observations from the get-go. And it's this one uninformed tweet that got reported on and rehashed, which started this whole ‘controversy.’"

Mark went on to explain that they did not mean anything negative with that video at all. He shared, "We simply choose styles of dance that we thought would be popular and amusing and cast the best dancers that were presented to us without much regard to race or ethnicity. If you look at it carefully, it's a massively inclusive piece. It's very, very innocently and positively intentioned. And — let's remember — it's a satirical piece. It's playing with a whole range of music video tropes and cliches and stereotypes."

It is very obvious that Mark Romanek and Taylor Swift both did not mean any harm by this video. They didn't even expect people to get upset by the "Shake It Off" music video.