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Earl Sweatshirt slams Taylor Swift for 'perpetuating black stereotypes'

Taylor Swift's new music video for her song "Shake It Off" debuted yesterday, and many people have taken to Twitter to mock Swift's cultural insensitivity.

The new song comes from Swift's forthcoming album, 1989, which will be released in October. Unlike most of Swift's videos, though, "Shake It Off" has produced arguments of racism. The video shows Swift wearing heavy jewelry and imitating hip-hop dance moves, including twerking, and crawling beneath twerking women.

Among those offended by the video is Odd Future rapper Earl Sweatshirt, who tweeted that the video is "inherently offensive and harmful." Earl Sweatshirt said Swift is using faux-appreciation to disguise her prejudice:

You'd think that after the reactions to Miley Cyrus' video for "We Can't Stop," Swift would have thought twice before making this video. But maybe the song's lyrics summarize her response best: "Haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate."