Todrick Hall has received a lot of criticism since his appearance in Taylor Swift’s ‘Look What You Made Me Do’ music video. He has been accused of being a sellout to the black community as well as the LGBTQ+ community. He has also received a lot of heat because some are trying to accuse Taylor Swift of ripping off Beyoncé’s ‘Formation,’ and ‘Lemonade,’ and he performed in both of them. In an interview with Yahoo News, Todrick Hall was asked why people were upset with his performance. He responded by saying, “They saw a clip, just a few seconds, that featured Taylor Swift standing in a line of dancers, and they started forming all types of conclusions. I was just very confused by that, because I knew that there was nothing “Formation”-esque or Lemonade-esque about the video.” He continued, “Artistically, I didn’t feel that was the case. I’m a humongous Beyoncé fan. I’ve worked with Beyoncé. I’ve choreographed for Beyoncé. And I would never intentionally be a part of art that I felt was ripping off my favorite artist of all time. But I felt like these were two completely different lanes.”
He discussed being labeled as a “sellout” and said, “One of the main things that people said was, “He wanted to make his money. Well, good for him, he got paid. And I guess payment is enough for you to sell out your family, your people, your community.” But this had nothing to do with money. I didn’t do this Taylor Swift video for money.” He added, “I did it because she’s my friend, and she was very excited about it. And she wanted people to be there who she could trust, because it was a very big undertaking. I was proud to be there, but money was not a factor for me. I don’t do things for money.”
He also received negative comments regarding his friendship with Taylor Swift. He said, “I have gotten comments from people who are upset and have literally said the fact that I am friends with a white person is a problem, because white people don’t possess the ability to love or ever truly care about black people. And I find that very disheartening.” He went on to say, “I’ve grown up in a neighborhood where I went to church with and lived with and went to school with beautiful black people; when I look at them, I see myself. But then I was also in a peculiar situation, because I danced in a dance group where I was the only black person in the dance studio.” He continued on saying, “In some cases, I was the only black cheerleader in my school. I did theater where I was the only black person, the “token black person.” And working at Disney, oftentimes I was the only black person in the show at Disney World or Disneyland on any given day.” Todrick Hall noted, “I also did tours where I was the only black singer; I did a cruise ship where I was the only black person in the cast. So I’ve been used to being in situations where I’ve had to find friendships and find love and find similarities.” He closed by saying, “My whole brand, everything that I stand for and everything I’ve always stood for, is equality and love. So it’s just really difficult for me to understand why it is an issue for people, a legitimate issue that I have white friends, and that Taylor Swift happens to be one of my many white friends.”
We wish Todrick Hall the best of luck and continued success in his life as well as his career.