Taylor Swift removes scene from ‘Anti-Hero’ on Apple Music

Taylor Swift in the music video for Anti-Hero

after, after Accusations of fat phobia It arose after the release of Taylor Swift’s music video for “against the heroFrom her new album midnightA new version has been quietly uploaded to Apple Music without the scene in question.

In the original music video, which is still available to view on YoutubeSwift steps on the scary scale only to give her back the word “FAT”. While it’s a fleeting moment in the music video, the message remains very clear: For skinny people like SwiftBeing fat is horrifying, and it’s a disgusting thing in a society that still hails being thin as a sign of beauty.

Taylor Swift – Against the Champion (Official Music Video)

It’s meant to be a moment to reflect on Swift’s struggle with her body over the years – but it’s not touched upon again in the music video. On top of that, there’s nothing poetic or powerful about a skinny, beautiful woman (she’s never been into a fat body), who steps on the scale only to say “fat.” The new version of the music video shows how ineffective the scene actually is, because it doesn’t make a difference what the scale actually says.

As some of the Swifties shared how the scene’s messages made them feel, others were quick to shut down the conversation altogether, calling on their own experiences with eating disorders. It’s a complex conversation that unfortunately has essentially conducted itself on Twitter, the place where minute conversations die.

If anything, the polarizing response to the scene shows the relationship between eating disorders and society’s outlook for anyone who is overweight. Widespread disordered eating is a product of a culture that praises thinness and sometimes prioritizes its placement over health, and the message as we saw in “Anti-Hero” merely repeats this norm, doing nothing to challenge or dismantle it.

It’s not necessarily a scene that called for the edit, and Swift is perfectly able to talk about her struggles with her body image. However, erasing the scene without commenting only removes more quick of conversation she Apparently he wanted to delve in the first place.

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