The video received criticism from some media outlets for depicting wild animals and white people with barely a black person in sight. The Huffington Post
's Lauren Duca wrote, "For a clip that's set in Africa - it's about as white as a Sunday morning farmer's market."
Kahn denied that the video only includes white people, pointing out that he is Asian American, while two of the key creatives who worked on the clip, producer Jill Hardin and editor Chancler Haynes are African Americans. "We collectively decided it would have been historically inaccurate to load the crew with more black actors as the video would have been accused of rewriting history," he said.
The director added: "This video is set in the past by a crew set in the present and we are all proud of our work. There are black Africans in the video in a number of shots, but I rarely cut to crew faces outside of the director as the vast majority of screen time is Taylor and Scott (Eastwood)."