Taylor Swift edited her Anti-Hero music video to remove the word “fat” (big) following the outcry it caused online.
The Shake It Off singer released her new music video on Friday, the first single from her new album Midnights, and she has immediately came under fire from netizens who accused her of being “grossophobic” on social networks.
The footage in question shows a normal Taylor standing on a bathroom scale and looking down to see the word “fat” on it. (fat) as mean Taylor looks on and shakes her head.
In the edited version, which is now on YouTube and Apple Music, the clip no longer shows what the singer sees on the scale and the merely shows up standing on it as his evil alter ego displays his disapproval.
The superstar, who has yet to comment on the change, told fans ahead of the song's release that she was getting deeper into her complexes than ever and that the video depicted her “nightmarish scenarios and (her ) intrusive thoughts”.
In her 2020 documentary, Miss Americana, the singer revealed that she had suffered from eating disorders in the past. She confessed that if she saw a paparazzi photo in which she felt she looked “too fat”, it would “sometimes cause her to starve herself a little bit”. The scale sequence in the clip for Anti-Hero, which she wrote and directed, could thus be interpreted as a reference to this admission.
The 32-year-old singer is currently on tour promotional for Midnights and is due to appear on UK talk show, The Graham Norton Show on Friday. While in London taping for the show, she surprised fans at a Bon Iver concert on Thursday night, appearing on stage at the OVO Arena, Wembley to perform Exile with the frontman of the band, Justin Vernon, as well as Aaron Dessner of The National for the first time. The duo appeared on his 2020 album Folklore, which Aaron Dessner co-wrote and co-produced.