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    Taylor Swift removes “fats” reference from ‘Anti-Hero’ video following backlash

    Taylor Swift has made a slight change to the music video for her ‘Midnights’ single ‘Anti-Hero’, eradicating a shot that some followers have thought-about to be fatphobic.

    The self-directed clip, launched final Saturday (October 22), exhibits Swift repeatedly being put down by an evil model of herself. In a single scene, when the “good” Swift steps onto a toilet scale, the video cuts to a close-up shot of the dimensions studying “FAT”, adopted by a shot of the “evil” Swift shaking her head on the “good” one.

    Upon releasing the clip, Swift stated it explored her “nightmare eventualities and intrusive ideas”. Inside hours, commenters started expressing disappointment over the dimensions scene, in addition to Swift’s description of her imaginative and prescient for the video. On Twitter, for instance, author and activist Kira-Lynn Ferderber wrote that “artwork about how your greatest concern is being fats is fatphobic artwork”.

    I am unable to have the Taylor Swift “fats” discourse with the identical ppl who would not hearken to @guybranum clarify The Whale.

    As soon as once more: artwork about how your greatest concern is being fats is fatphobic artwork! Saying “however she actually felt that method” is a poor protection of Tay. You make MY case!

    — Kira-Lynn (@Cupcakes_n_Rap) October 21, 2022

    Although Swift herself has not addressed the criticism, she seems to pay attention to it. In a single day, the video for ‘Anti-Hero’ was altered on Apple Music, eradicating the close-up shot of Swift stepping onto the dimensions. The scene itself is unbroken, nevertheless it now seems as one steady shot, from a third-person perspective, of the “good” Swift stepping onto the dimensions and being scorned by the “evil” Swift.

    On the time of writing, although, the video has not been modified on YouTube. You may see the unique model – with the scene in query showing two minutes in – beneath:

    Yesterday (October 26) noticed Swift comply with the ‘Anti-Hero’ video with a clip for ‘Bejeweled’, the place Swift stars as Cinderella alongside Laura Dern and the Haim sisters. Each single observe on ‘Midnights’ might be given the “music film” remedy, as Swift introduced final week, with different stars in them together with actors Laith Ashley, Mary Elizabeth Ellis, John Early and Mike Birbiglia.

    ‘Midnights’ arrived on the titular hour final Friday (October 21), with a deluxe version touchdown at 3am. Already the fastest-selling file of 2022 (shifting over 1,000,000 copies as of yesterday), it’s Swift’s tenth studio album, following her 2020 lockdown albums ‘Folklore’ and ‘Evermore’, in addition to final yr’s re-recorded variations of ‘Fearless’ and ‘Purple’.

    In a four-star overview, NME’s Hannah Mylrea wrote that “the nation roots [Swift] revisited on her re-recorded albums is nowhere to be discovered [on ‘Midnights’], and folks influences of her lockdown tasks are largely absent. As a substitute she spins these new tales by glossy synth-pop, in frequent with ‘1989’ or ‘Lover’, however the razor-sharp manufacturing of those albums is extra delicate this time round.”

    Final week, Swift confirmed {that a} UK tour in assist of ‘Midnights’ might be introduced quickly; followers who pre-ordered the album will be capable of entry an unique pre-sale for tickets. She teased a tour once more on Monday (October 24), saying throughout her interview on The Tonight Present Starring Jimmy Fallon: “I believe I ought to do it. When it’s time, we’ll do it. I miss it. I actually miss it.”

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