Taylor Swift fans are furious the singer used the word ‘fat’ in new music video
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Taylor Swift fans are outraged that the singer used the word 'fat' in her new music video for ‘Anti-Hero’.
While Swift’s new album Midnight is hitting milestones, including becoming the most streamed album on Spotify in a single day, the singer has also faced backlash amid its release.
In the music video for her new hit single, the 32-year-old confronts her own insecurities with weight and body image.
While stepping onto a bathroom scale, it reads the word ‘fat’, which has elicited some accusing the singer of being ‘fatphobic’.
One person wrote on Twitter: “Taylor Swift’s music video, where she looks down at the scale where it says ‘fat,’ is a s***ty way to describe her body image struggles. Fat people don’t need to have it reiterated yet again that it’s everyone’s worst nightmare to look like us.”
While another said: “I can’t believe Taylor Swift confidently and without hesitation put a whole a** music video out there where she calls herself fat and aligns it with being an anti hero.”
I have a thread abt this lol this is how I feel https://t.co/K6Ew8q2s8t— Leah 🏳️🌈 (@hutchleah) October 21, 2022
It is possible to appreciate Taylor Swift and midnight as an artist AND call her out on her blatant fatphobia. Taylor Swift should have done better because even if it is relatable and an “intrusive thought” it is damaging and fatphobic. Listen to fat ppl when they tell you it is— lucie (@luciewald) October 21, 2022
there is no explanation for portraying fatness as bad and as something to fear which doesn’t justify the hatred of fat people.— jae (@fiadhaich_) October 21, 2022
fearing fatness is a basic pinnacle of how fatphobia operates. having an eating disorder doesn’t make you exempt from this harm, including taylor swift.
However, other fans hit back at the criticism and said Taylor is allowed to talk about her own struggles with body image.
One said: “You do realize that Taylor Swift is talking about a eating disorder correct? I hate how fat people minimize skinny peoples body dysmorphia because that’s the weight they wouldn’t mind being.”
Another shared: "People have been saying that they think this moment in Taylor Swift’s music video is fatphobic but…to me it very clearly seems like a critique of fatphobia."
Previously, the ‘Bad Blood’ singer has opened up about her weight insecurities and the pressure of staying thin under intense media scrutiny.
While speaking with Variety, Swift disclosed how she would always get praise for fitting into model sample sizes on photoshoots and how these remarks were especially triggering.
She told the outlet: “I looked at that as a pat on the head. You register that enough times, and you just start to accommodate everything towards praise and punishment, including your own body.”
The singer also condemned the ongoing commentary on women’s bodies.
Swift said: “It’s incessant, and I can say this as a woman: It’s amazing to me how people are constantly like ‘You look skinny’ or ‘You’ve gained weight.’ People you barely know say this to you. And it feels awful, and you can’t win either way.”
Topics: Celebrity, Taylor Swift, Twitter, Music, Mental Health
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