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Taylor Swift's Anti-Hero Music Video Has Been Edited

28 October 2022 | 11:20 am | Mary Varvaris

Following criticism about a "fatphobic" scene.

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The music video for Taylor Swift's latest music video, Anti-Hero, has been edited.

There was a scene in the video, which has now been removed from Apple Music, where Swift stepped on a scale that labelled her "fat" rather than displaying a numerical weight that health professionals and activists called "fatphobic." Swift revealed that she has struggled with an eating disorder in her Netflix documentary, Miss Americana.

Looking at the scale, she sang the line, "I stare directly at the sun but never in the mirror" before the camera panned to another version of herself shaking her head, "no." The Love Story singer directed and wrote the music video for Anti-Hero; she tweeted last week that the video depicts her "nightmare scenarios and intrusive thoughts play out in real time."

"Taylor didn't reveal her eating disorder and struggles to accept her body for y'all to call her fatphobic," a fan tweeted in Swift's defence. Another fan wrote, "the scale scene of anti-hero mv has been edited on apple music. this is actually so sad because taylor definitely saw all the people not caring about her OWN experience with her OWN body."

Some people are happier with the edited version, however. "Taylor Swift removed the close up of the scale saying 'FAT' in the Anti-Hero music video on Apple Music. It got across her point just as well with it only showing her standing on the scale + being judged, this version does it without harming fat folk in the process," read another tweet with the handclap emoji and #Midnights. 

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Taylor Swift released her tenth album, Midnights, and a deluxe 3 am edition last week.

Upon the album's release last Friday, Swift said: “Midnights is a collage of intensity, highs and lows and ebbs and flows. Life can be dark, starry, cloudy, terrifying, electrifying, hot, cold, romantic or lonely. Just like Midnights.”

Taking to social media, Swift described Midnights as a "complete concept album" but said that she enjoys sharing the creative process with fans. 

"Surprise! I think of Midnights as a complete concept album, with those 13 songs forming a full picture of the intensities of that mystifying, mad hour," she wrote. Continuing, "However! There were other songs we wrote on our journey to find that magic 13. I'm calling them 3am tracks. Lately I've been loving the feeling of sharing more of our creative process with you, like we do with From The Vault tracks. So it's 3am and I'm giving them to you now."