The new video from Taylor Swift for 'Shake It Off' has stirred (not shaken) up a fair amount of controversy, and quite swiftly at that (excuse the puns). It features her dancing alongside women who are breakdancing and twerking, which lead Earl Sweatshirt to criticize the pop star saying it's "inherently offensive and ultimately harmful" even though he hadn't watched the video himself, adding that it is "perpetuating black stereotypes to the same demographic of white girls who hide their prejudice by proclaiming their love of the culture."

Now director Mark Romanek has attempted to shake off some of that controversy by speaking to Vulture about his intent, responding to Sweatshirt's statement as well:

"I'm a fan of his and I think he's a really interesting artist. (I posted a Vine to one of his tracks once.) 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." 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 clichés and stereotypes."

He also thinks that he shouldn't be so quick to judge something he hasn't seen, adding:

And this is why, I think, if Earl Sweatshirt was open-minded enough to take the four minutes to watch it, he might see what the larger, humanistic, and utterly color-blind message was intended to be.