Rad World: Extreme skiing from its roots to the present day.
Fearless Risk-Takers: Father of extreme skiing Bill Briggs, plus a cast of daredevils.
"We are shocked to think that in 2015, Taylor Swift, her record label and her video production group would think it was OK to film a video that presents a glamorous version of the white colonial fantasy of Africa."The director of the music video, Joseph Kahn, jumped to its defense with two tweets about one of the video's producers being black and how much money Taylor Swift "lost" donating to wildlife conservation.
But it's important to note that the issue itself isn't only about race, but also the horrible effects of colonization and the dangers of romanticizing it.
Not to mention, just because one black person doesn't think something is racist doesn't mean it isn't, and doesn't necessarily reflect the feelings of all.
Joseph Kahn followed up his tweets with a more fleshed-out defense to Quartz, explaining, "This is not a video about colonialism but a love story on the set of a period film crew in Africa." He went on to explain why there weren't many black people in the video.
"Colonialism was neither romantic nor beautiful," James Kassaga Arinaitwe and Viviane Rutabingwa write. In a place full of devastation and lawlessness, diseases spread like wildfire, conflict breaks out and dictators grab power." The negative effects of colonialism are still reverberating in Africa today.
The authors go on to express concern that Taylor and her team would think it appropriate to depict such a dangerous romantic view of that time in Africa and — to put salt on a wound — not feature many people of color in the video.
In addition to breathtaking African landscapes and beautiful wild animals, the video ended with the reveal that all proceeds from it would be donated to wild animal conservation efforts through the African Parks Foundation.
“I just worked with an actor, a younger actor,” he detailed.
Taylor Swift's highly anticipated music video for "Wildest Dreams" hit our screens on Sunday during the MTV VMAs, and for most fans it didn't disappoint.
Rad World: The north face of the Eiger in Switzerland, 1936.
Fearless Risk-Takers: A team of German mountain climbers, Toni Kurz (Benno Furmann) and Andi Hinterstoisser (Florian Lukas), compete to be the first to summit the famously dangerous peak, at the urging of Nazi propagandists. Have you seen the climbing gear that was available in 1936? The Portaledge is still a long way from being invented.