Taylor Swift recently released a music video for “Anti-Hero,” but backlash prompted the video to be edited after some fans complained.
The controversial scene
Anti-Hero is one of the tracks released in Taylor Swift’s tenth studio album, Midnights.
Apple Music released a music video for the track on Wednesday, and observant fans quickly pointed out a controversial moment.
The YouTube version initially contained a scene showing the word “FAT” on a scale.
The backlash from fans led to the music video editing out the controversial scene.
By Thursday, the YouTube version was replaced.
Taylor Swift is the writer and director behind the music video.
Anti-Hero is meant to play out the artist’s “nightmare scenarios and intrusive thoughts.”
The scene that caused a stir showed Swift weighing herself on a bathroom scale.
A close-up of the scale shows it replaces the numbers with the word “FAT.”
The updated version cuts off the scene, which supporters of body positivity considered fatphobic.
Since then, video debates have flooded the Internet.
It even made it to the talk show “The View,” where co-host Sunny Hostin pointed out that critics were missing the point of the scene.
Taylor Swift’s struggles
The singer referred to her past struggles with body image and disordered eating.
During the 2020 documentary “Miss Americana,” Taylor Swift revealed that sometimes unflattering photos and horrible comments about her figure would trigger her.
Additionally, Taylor Swift said the comments would cause her to starve a little and stop eating.
Despite the controversy, Midnights continues to be a very popular album.
Taylor Swift’s latest album hit the streams last Friday, October 21.
In addition, the album has been selling at an incredible pace.
In the first three days of its release, the album hit 1.2 album units in the United States.
Billboard cites music data company Luminate and reveals that pre-orders are part of the sales figure.
The Midnights album launch propelled Taylor Swift to the rank of the most listened-to artist on Spotify in 24 hours.