Publicly Engaging Cultural Appropriation Criticism
The 2014 hit “Shake It Off” is as controversial as it is catchy.
First, there was Jesse Graham, who sued Swift for allegedly copying his hook in the song “Haters Gonna Hate.” The lawsuit was dismissed, but then there was the discussion surrounding the music video for the song.
People accused Swift and the video of appropriating black culture (since it features Swift dancing alongside twerking black dancers).
Looking back, the song seems to have been a precursor or practice run for “Look What You Made Me Do.”