The video for Taylor Swift’s tune Anti-Hero, the lead single from her new album Midnights, has been altered days after its preliminary launch to take away the phrase “fats” from certainly one of its scenes.
Within the authentic clip, directed by Swift, the 32-year-old singer and songwriter steps on to a rest room scale whose dial spins to the studying “Fats”. Within the new model of the clip, viewable under, Swift steps on to the size, receiving a glance of disapproval from a doppelganger additionally performed by Swift, however no studying is proven.
The edit comes after some followers and commentators criticised the size scene for perpetuating “fatphobia”. On Twitter, consuming dysfunction therapist and physique positivity blogger Shira Rosenbluth said the clip “reiterated but once more that it’s everybody’s worst nightmare to appear to be us,” whereas Teen Vogue author Catherine Mhloyi described the scene as “lazy”: “In having the phrase ‘fats’ seem on the size, she made a option to explicitly title her demon, the concern of being referred to as fats, which is fatphobia in its most literal sense.”
Different commentators, together with Whoopi Goldberg, have come to Swift’s defence. “Simply let her have her emotions – if you happen to don’t just like the tune, don’t take heed to it,” she mentioned on panel present The View. “Why are you losing your time on this? You all the time wanna say one thing about Taylor Swift – go away her ass alone.” Pleasure Behar added: “What’s she alleged to placed on the size, ‘plump? It doesn’t work.”
Swift herself has been open about her struggles with disordered consuming. In her 2020 Netflix documentary Miss Americana, the musician mentioned the way in which that media scrutiny over her physique had brought on her to “starve” herself at factors in her life. The Anti-Hero video, she mentioned in an Instagram publish upon launch, is a illustration of her “nightmare eventualities and intrusive ideas”.
The Guardian has contacted representatives for Swift for remark.