Taylor Swift has owned the buzz for the last week after she released not one, but two albums (Midnights and the 3am edition). It's been wildly popular with fans and critics alike. But the music video for her lead single "Anti Hero" has been edited to remove something deemed objectionable.
There's a scene where Taylor steps on a bathroom scale while her alter-ego looks on. In the original video, it showed the scale up close where it said the word "fat" where the numbers would be.
But in the now-altered video, she steps on the scale, but it never cuts to the word "fat". The scene moves on without the word, ostensibly because the scene has caused some to label the scene as "anti-fat" and unaccepting of heavier body types.
Taylor has been very open about this song being about the intrusive thoughts (often negative) she's dealt with in the past. In her concert film/documentary "Miss Americana" she talked about her troubles with eating and body image. “It’s only happened a few times, and I’m not in any way proud of it” when she’s seen “a picture of me where I feel like I looked like my tummy was too big, or… someone said that I looked pregnant … and that’ll just trigger me to just starve a little bit — just stop eating.”
“I didn’t know if I was going to feel comfortable with talking about body image and talking about the stuff I’ve gone through in terms of how unhealthy that’s been for me — my relationship with food and all that over the years,” she told Variety. “But the way that Lana (Wilson, the film’s director) tells the story, it really makes sense. I’m not as articulate as I should be about this topic because there are so many people who could talk about it in a better way. But all I know is my own experience. And 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.”