Taylor Swift’s ‘Anti-Hero’ music video appears to have been edited on a platform, amid backlash




CNN

The backlash against a moment in Taylor Swift’s “Anti-Hero” music video seems to have caused a change on at least one platform.

Eagle-eyed Swift fans have pointed out that the Apple Music version of the Grammy-winner’s video, from her tenth studio album “Midnights,” no longer contains the controversial moment that featured the word “fat” on a scale.

The video, written and directed by the singer, is meant to depict Swift’s “nightmare scenarios and intrusive thoughts,” according to her Instagram.

The scene, which angered some viewers, shows Swift in the bathroom weighing herself on a scale watched by her inner critic (also played by Swift).

A close-up of the scale shows the word “FAT” instead of a number, and Swift looks down. the other Swift shakes her head, disappointed.

The version of the video that appears on Apple Music no longer cuts the word, a moment of body positivity understood as a fat phobe.

CNN has reached out to Apple and Swift representatives for comment.

The YouTube version of the music video still featured the controversial scene as of Wednesday evening.

Swift has made references to it before struggles with eating disorders and body image.

In the 2020 documentary “Miss Americana,” Swift said the flattering photos and mean comments about her figure would sometimes “make me starve a little bit, stop eating.”

Controversy over the video even reached “The View,” where co-host Sunny Hostin said critics “lost it.”

In any case, the controversy has had little effect on the album’s popularity. Swift’s new album, which was released on October 21, has sold more than 1.2 million album units in the first three days of release in the US, according to Billboard, citing music data firm Luminate. Initial sales figures include all pre-orders.

Swift also became Spotify’s most streamed artist in 24 hours thanks to “Midnights.”