"This is the worst thing to ever happen to the culture"
Taylor Swift’s music video for ‘…Ready For It?’ has been slammed for its Ghost In The Shell inspired theme.
Swift shared the teaser for her upcoming music video of ‘…Ready For It?’ on Instagram, stating the full video will be released on Thursday.
In the short clip, the ‘Gorgeous’ singer is seen in a nude bodysuit that resembled a robot similar to that of Scarlett Johansson’s The Major from Ghost In The Shell.
Others slammed the video for paying homage to Ghost In The Shell despite its whitewashing controversy. Johansson, who starred in the film, played a role who was originally written as Japanese.
People were quick to take to Twitter to criticise the singer. “Confirmed: At least one person liked Ghost in the Shell#TaylorSwift,” wrote on Twitter user. Others shared stills from the film next to the singer’s new music video to point out the similarities.
“I didn’t realize Ghost in the Shell was being rebooted and starring Taylor Swift. #ReadyForIt,” wrote one user, whilst another simply tweeted, “This is the worst thing to ever happen to the culture like whyyyyyy”.
Some alluded directly to the whitewashing scandal. “Is the new taylor swift music video gonna be ghost in the shell cause like. we JUST had that conversation last year,” a user wrote. ” Is Taylor Swift so out of touch that she remade Ghost in the Shell???” questioned another.
This is the worst thing to ever happen to the culture like whyyyyyy https://t.co/GMtQdcEDau
— Virgin Suicides (@Sn0tBoy) October 23, 2017
is… is the new taylor swift music video gonna be ghost in the shell cause like. we JUST had that conversation last year.
— Tineke (@toomuchgawking) October 23, 2017
From the 15 sec teaser for Ready For It, I gotta ask – Is Taylor Swift so out of touch that she remade Ghost in the Shell???
— Will Gong (@therealwillgong) October 23, 2017
— Austin (@AustinCTweets) October 23, 2017
Above: Ghost in the Shell (2017)
Below: Taylor Swift, ‘Ready for It?’ pic.twitter.com/AK5kowyfZt
— Ghost in Shell fans (@gitsost) October 23, 2017
— Josh K. Elliott (@joshkelliott) October 23, 2017
This isn’t the first time Swift has been accused of whitewashing. Earl Sweatshirt said scenes from the music video to ‘Shake It Off’ were “offensive and ultimately harmful”. The video was slammed for “perpetuating black stereotypes to the same demographic of white girls who hide their prejudice by proclaiming their love of the culture”.