Taylor Swift’s consecutive hits have made her a household name in the industry. Swift’s Anti-Hero is a topic of discussion among fans, but it appears that things did not go well. Fans are expressing their displeasure with Taylor Swift’s physical portrayal in the music video.
Fans saw the premiere of the music video last Friday. The 32-year-old artist finally made her highly awaited ninth album available that day. Swift demonstrated one of her strengths in the video by organizing the graphics in a way that complemented the lyrics and concepts of the song.
Swift can be seen walking on a scale in a clip from the video. It is clearly marked “Fat.” She was shown as an exaggerated version of herself that displayed some of her more “problematic” traits. In one particular scene, one version of Swift measured herself while the other, who is obviously uncomfortable, criticized her for being overweight.
The moment and the decision to use the word “fat” drew criticism from some viewers. The “Look What You Made Me Do” singer needs to make some significant changes, according to those viewers. Insiders reported that some Swift fans have launched a Twitter discussion about potential adjustments to the sequence, which some viewers say is a representation of fatphobia.
Swift’s fanatical ‘Swifties’ fans have had a significant impact on her career and are primarily to blame for the huge success “Midnights” has already achieved in the few days since its release. On Saturday, Spotify reported that Swift and the album had smashed two enormous streaming records, an event that was chronicled by The Blast.
Swifties have gathered on social media in droves to debate various aspects of the album, including their feelings toward the album’s two music videos that have been made public thus far. The Blast looked into how Swifties were responding to “Anti-Hero.”
Many others backed the “Anti-Hero” music video as well. The storyline was what Swifties were most interested in, and they expressed their respect for Swift for choosing to show off such a vulnerable aspect of herself and for crafting such a “relatable” tale. Swift announced the debut of the video with a tweet that specifically referenced the narrative in the song.
“I need this song more than ever and I’m so grateful to her that she shared her insecurities with us because it makes me and so many other people feel so much less alone.”
Over 5,000 people have retweeted the message, and there have also been innumerable replies. When a follower commented on Luehmann’s thread that they “genuinely do not see the fatphobia” in the scene, Luehmann answered that she had “retweeted a few threads by fat women” which ostensibly go into a deeper analysis of the problem.
“When @lizzo had a word considered ableist in one of her songs, she apologized and fixed it. Thousands of disabled folks spoke about it. Same with Beyoncé. But Taylor has fatphobic imagery and it’s ‘you don’t understand’ directed at fat people?”
“I don’t have the emotional or mental energy to comment on the scale part in ‘anti-hero,’ everyone is fatphobic until proven otherwise and as much as I love Blondie I’m not surprised.”
As of this writing, neither Swift nor any confirmation of future editing of the “Anti-Hero” music video has responded to claims that the music video contains fatphobic images. On Tuesday, October 25, Swift debuted the second music video for “Midnights.” Her fans also gave the music video for “Bejeweled” high marks. For further updates stay tuned to Thirsty.
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