Mark Romanek

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So Mark Romanek just sent me this and I’m hyperventilating with joy over it. Thank you, Dimensions Dance. http://www.

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“The Perfect Drug” video, directed by Mark Romanek, premiered 16 years ago today. The song is from the soundtrack to David Lynch’s Lost Highway. The album was produced by Trent Reznor.

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.
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Mark Romanek, music video director, responding to rapper Earl Sweatshirt’s comments about the “Shake it Off” video……

This should mark the final conclusion of that narrative.  Taylor should not even dignify anyone’s bait question about it.  Just refer to this quote.  It cannot be topped.