Former American Idol finalist Todrick Hall and Taylor Swift are friends. Therefore, when she asked him to be in her “Look What You Made Me Do” video, he quickly said yes. Now, he’s receiving backlash from multiple groups due to his participation. The criticism and attacks have been so intense, they’ve warranted a response from the rapper, dancer, and singer. Hall granted an interview with Yahoo where he addressed the various concerns people had about his appearing in Taylor Swift’s top-trending video.
“Look What You Made Me Do” is on track to be the biggest single of 2017, and the video has already broken numerous records. Most people would be excited to appear in the most popular music video, but many are accusing Todrick Hall of being a sellout to both the LGBTQ and black communities. Many have taken issue with the fact that he’s a gay, black man and Taylor Swift is a white woman. Todrick Hall addressed the accusations in a recent interview with Yahoo.
— Todrick Hall (@todrick) September 1, 2017
In the official “Look What You Made Me Do” video, that you may watch above, Todrick can be seen in a lineup of dancers as Taylor Swift walks into the room with her hair crimped and in a black bodysuit. When a 13-second video teaser first appeared online, many people saw this brief aspect and thought the video was a rip-off of Beyonce’s “Formation” and even “Lemonade” videos.
Those who have watched the full video for “Look What You Made Me Do” will see that the scene in which Todrick appears is not a full representation of the video. Todrick addressed his love for Taylor Swift and Beyonce in his statement and stated he would never participate in a video that was out to rip off another artist.
Todrick Hall isn’t apologizing for being in Taylor Swift’s top video that’s currently smashing all records and he says he would do it again if given the choice. Taylor Swift and Todrick Hall have a long-standing, close friendship that extends beyond race, gender, and sexual orientation.
What do you think? Is Todrick Hall a sellout for being friends with Taylor Swift? Do you agree with the haters who think a black, gay man shouldn’t be in Taylor’s video because she’s white?