Pop artist Taylor Swift edited the video for one of her new songs after fat positivity activists accused her of fat phobia over a scene involving a bathroom scale.
The scene from her song “Anti-Hero” shows the singer weighing herself on a scale and looking at the display, which says “fat”.
While the video and song were meant to comment on how the wrong way of thinking can lead people into self-destructive habits, many on social media were outraged and offended by the scene.
“Taylor Swift’s music video of her looking at the scale that says ‘fat’ is a damn way of describing her struggles with body image. Fat people needn’t be reiterated that looking like us is everyone’s worst nightmare,” read a tweet that had more than 43,000 likes.
“Taylor’s fast fat discourse is killing me. People who say it’s not harmful are damn stupid, just rotten. If my poor fat 13 year old self sat down and watched a skinny blonde woman stand on a scale and it said fat I would have cried. If she is fat, what hope was there for me?” answered another commenter.
“I feel like the fact that EVERY single person defending Taylor Swift is white and skinny kinda reinforces the point lol no one who has experienced true fat phobia comes to her defense! Only the skinny girls who ‘feel fat sometimes’ and are now experts,” reads Another critical tweet.
To appease the outraged crowd, the video was cut and the “fat” advert scene removed, although the overall scene survived. diversity Approved that the scene was cut from the music video on Apple Music and also cut from the video on Youtube.
Image Source: Taylor Swift YouTube video screenshot
Even after the scene was deleted, other activists also criticized the move.
“Taylor Swift removed an important part of a music video that made people uncomfortable and that fucking pisses me off. She wasn’t fatphobic, it was a comment about how unrealistic beauty standards are in the music industry. Why don’t people have that? Any media skills?” read a tweet.
“As a fat person who has been fat most of my life, I think the anti-hero video that was edited to remove the word ‘fat’ on a scale is one of the saddest things I’ve ever seen have seen in my life. “Read a very popular tweet with over 93,000 likes.
Despite the online fat-shaming rancor, Swift’s new album “Midnights” broke the Spotify record for most streams in a single day in the history of the music platform.
“How could I have been so lucky to have you guys out here doing something so amazing?! Like what just happened?!” She answered.
Here’s more about the fat-shaming Swift video:
Taylor Swift’s anti-hero music video edited after Fatphobic backlash | E! news
https://www.theblaze.com/news/fatphobic-taylor-swift-song-edited Taylor Swift Edits Video For New Song After Fat Activists Blamed Her Fat Phobia: ‘Damn Stupid Just Rotten’