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Rapper Sweatshirt: Taylor Swift's new video is offensive

LOS ANGELES - Odd Future rapper Earl Sweatshirt has accused Taylor Swift of "perpetuating black stereotypes" in an "offensive" new music video.

The pop star released the promo for her latest single "Shake It Off" on Monday and she can be seen dancing in a number of different styles, including ballet and street.

Swift is also shown wearing tight denim shorts, a leopard print jacket and huge gold jewelry while a number of black dancers perform twerking moves, while in another scene she is wearing a hoodie and a baseball cap and dancing with a stereo on her shoulder.

The video has become an online sensation, but Sweatshirt, who admits he has not watched the promo in full, is adamant Swift's latest work is "offensive."

In a series of posts on Twitter.com, he writes, "(I) haven't watched the Taylor Swift video and I don't need to watch it to tell you that it's inherently offensive and ultimately harmful ... perpetuating black stereotypes to the same demographic of white girls who hide their prejudice by proclaiming their love of the culture.

"For instance, those of you who are afraid of black people but love that in 2014 it's OK for you to be trill or twerk or say n------."

Watch the "Shake It Off" video:

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