Fans Aren’t Happy With Taylor Swift’s Controversial New Music Video
Taylor Swift’s new album has caught the attention of fans, but a scene in one of her latest music videos has raised some eyebrows…
Taylor Swift is no stranger to controversy, having fought everyone from Apple Music to Kanye West throughout her career.
But her latest move has even caused some hardcore fans to question the star.
The scene in the video for the lead single “Anti-Hero” has led to Swift being accused of fatphobia.
However, not everyone agrees with this conclusion…
Now the country singer is a popular figure in the world of music.
Swift released her self-titled debut album in 2006 and received a slew of positive reviews from music critics, including a glowing track from The New York Times.
They described it as “a little pop country masterpiece, both wide-eyed and cynical, held together by Ms. Swift’s steady, pleading voice.”
Not a bad job for a sixteen-year-old freshman writing her own material, is it?
But that was her second album Yes, really exploded for her.
With hits like “Love Story” and “White Horse,” Swift became a superstar and the album debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart.
And from there, her fame skyrocketed.
IMDb describes Swift as “a multi-Grammy-winning American singer/songwriter who became the youngest artist in history to win the Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 2010 at the age of twenty.”
It continued, “In 2011, Swift was named Billboard’s Woman of the Year.
“She has also been named Artist of the Year by the American Music Awards, as well as Entertainer of the Year for both the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music, among many other accolades. As of this writing, she is also the best-selling digital artist in music history.”
Swift even received an honorary doctorate from NYU!
This was for her achievements as “one of the most prolific and celebrated artists of her generation”.
Of course there were a few bumps in the road…
But she became a source of inspiration for other young women trying to break into the industry with their own content.
But it wasn’t all positive…
The journey hasn’t been easy, and Swift rarely spoke about the dark side until recently.
Swift has had her fair share of bad relationships.
And it seems she’s using this to give her music more meaning.
One of her misadventures was her relationship with fellow singer-songwriter John Mayer.
Mayer and Swift dated briefly in 2009-2010 when he was thirty-two and she just nineteen.
The star has written many songs ostensibly about Mayer, from “Speak Now” and “Dear John” to a track on the extended edition of her latest album midnight.
The song is titled “Would’ve, Could’ve, Should’ve” and if you haven’t checked it out, it’s pretty wild!
More significant, however, is the sheer success experienced by the album.
Since its release midnight has broken all sorts of records, including the most streamed album in a single day on Spotify.
Swift described the new record as “the tales of thirteen sleepless nights scattered throughout my life.”
And that retrospective spirit certainly carries through the album.
One of the topics she explores is her experience battling an eating disorder.
The star first opened up about her experience in her Netflix documentary Miss Americana.
She said: “It’s not good for me to see pictures of myself every day” and that “it’s only happened a few times and I’m in no way proud of it”.
She went on to explain that “to see a picture of me where I feel like I looked like my belly was too big, or … someone said I look pregnant … and that’s just going to make me want a.” feeling a little hungry – just stop eating.”
In the new track You’re On Your Own, Kid, the star references this struggle for the first time in her music.
“I’ve been throwing parties and I’ve been starving my body / Like a perfect kiss would save me,” Swift sings.
However, it’s the video for lead single “Anti-Hero” that gets everyone talking.
One scene in particular angered certain fans…
The controversial scene shows Swift standing in the bathroom with her obviously evil clone, who orders her on the scales.
As soon as she steps on it, the camera pans down to reveal the scale, which doesn’t have a number written on it, just the word “FAT.”
Given their experience, some fans were shocked by this scene.
Juliet James even wrote an article for HuffPost titled “I Love Taylor Swift, But There’s One Big Problem With Her New Video.”
James wrote, “The worst part is, the moment she got to that magnitude, I knew… Because fat phobia is so pervasive in our culture.
“Taylor Swift is and has never been anywhere near fat.”
She continued, “But ‘fat’ isn’t a bad word (to be clear, neither is skinny). It’s a descriptive word that society has turned into an insult.
“You may feel ‘fat’ because our culture has turned height into feelings, and because even skinny women are harmed by our society’s insidious and painful messages about bodies, but it’s not the same as actually being fat.”
“Someone who looks like Taylor will never understand what it feels like to be fat,” the author explained.
Others, however, have backed onto this view and rushed to defend the star.
Swift herself said on Instagram, “This song is a real guided tour of all the things I hate about myself.”
She said the video shows her “nightmare scenarios and intrusive thoughts playing out in real time.”
Fans have used this fact to defend the star.
one tweeted: “If you have a problem with Taylor portraying her own eating disorders and body dysmorphia in a video about how much she hates herself, I suggest you realize that it’s not all about you.”
Other said: “Showing that Taylor is afraid of obesity shows her former distorted ED way of thinking … does not encourage her. It highlights the fact that it’s distorted.”
You can watch the video here.
What do you think?