The Oxford Union, the debating society at Oxford University is trying to persuade Taylor Swift to travel to the city to give a speech by releasing a hilarious mash-up video of former guest speakers reciting the lyrics to her hit single ‘Shake It Off’.
Stephen Fry kicks off the clip opening with the line “I stay up too late”, before a range of prestigious speakers including Morgan Freeman, Sir Patrick Stewart, Piers Morgan, Richard Dawkins, Sir Ian McKellen, FIFA president Sepp Blatter and ‘Gangnam Style’ singer Psy are cut up and rearranged to recite other key lines from the song. You can check out the clip at the bottom of the page.
Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off' is the subject of a brilliant mash-up video by Oxford Uni's debating society
The song was the first track to be released from her fifth album 1989, which was the top selling record of the year around the world in 2014 and is still selling strongly. The union’s president Charles Vaughan said that Swift “really defines modern pop” and is an “international cultural icon”.
The short video apparently took a whole week to edit and put together, and was originally intended to be used to attract new students to sign up to the debating society. However, the Oxford union quickly realised the viral potential of the clip, and are using it to lure Swift to Oxford to give a talk.
“It's amazing when you take some famous people who are known for being celebrities - they have amazing things to say despite the fact that they're better known not for their academic content,” Vaughan continued.
“She's a wonderful person to listen to. Whenever we have a speaker we try to work with them to make sure we talk about an issue which is close to their hearts. If Taylor - fingers crossed - actually accepts the invitation, then we can have that conversation.”
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