Some fans think Taylor should be allowed to talk about her struggles …
Taylor Swift fans have been left fuming that the singer used the word ‘fat’ in her new music video for ‘Anti-Hero’.
While Swift’s new album Midnight has launched to huge success, 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.
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.
— jae (@fiadhaich_) October 21, 2022
However, other fans hit back at the criticism and said Taylor is allowed to talk about her own struggles with body image.
The people participating in the outrage olympics over Taylor Swift stepping on a scale and it saying "fat" very obviously don't get the point at all. She is in fact pointing out how fat phobia, and the obsession over people's weight, is all bullshit. Put your energy elsewhere.
— Jenn is Exhausted (@PanicAtTheTato) October 26, 2022
Most people with ED or "Fat" don't have billions of people looking at them/criticising them on the daily in the media. I don't think @taylorswift13 is being fatphobic. It's also an expression of society and how its bringing peoples mental health down. Chill
— Katherine (@KatLee1717) October 26, 2022
One said: “The people participating in the outrage olympics over Taylor Swift stepping on a scale and it saying “fat” very obviously don’t get the point at all. She is in fact pointing out how fat phobia, and the obsession over people’s weight, is all bullshit. Put your energy elsewhere..”
Another shared: “Most people with ED or “Fat” don’t have billions of people looking at them/criticising them on the daily in the media. I don’t think @taylorswift13 is being fatphobic. It’s also an expression of society and how its bringing peoples mental health down. Chill.”
Previously, the ‘Bad Blood’ singer has opened up about her weight insecurities and the pressure of staying thin under intense media scrutiny.
Swift previously spoke about her struggles with disordered eating, talking in the 2020 documentary “Miss Americana” about being triggered to “just starve a little bit” when she saw pictures of herself.
In an interview with Variety in 2020, she said, “My relationship with food was exactly the same psychology that I applied to everything else in my life: If I was given a pat on the head, I registered that as good. If I was given a punishment, I registered that as bad.”
Swift also revealed that she had issues with under-eating during her tour for the album “Reputation” in 2018.
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