Was Taylor Swift wrong to use the word “fat” in a video? This is how I feel every time I weigh myself | Arwa Mahdawi

WAnt to watch Taylor Swift magically lose fat overnight? No, of course not – you’re not a weirdo. But if you’re just a little curious about what I’m talking about, take a look at Swift’s music video for Anti-Hero’s single from her new album Midnights. There is a scene in which the musician steps on some scale and looks sad while her doppelganger shakes her head in disgust. This visual would have been unremarkable were it not for the fact that it was hastily swapped a week ago, just days after the initial release of the video, Replacing the controversial original. In the first version, Swift appears in the scale and instead of numbers, you see the word FAT pop up. This upset a lot of people who made the decision, using the word “fat,” that Swift was a “fat phobia.” Swift decided not to risk cancellation or prolong the controversy by explaining herself or defending her technical choices; Instead, she quietly changed the video.

You might be confused by all the fuss about the word fat. You don’t need a degree in Swiftian Studies to find out that the singer, who described the Anti-Hero video as a depiction of her own insecurities, was referring to her body issues, not trying to offend people. While Swift hasn’t outright said she suffered from an eating disorder, she has been open about it disordered eating experiences. In her 2020 documentary on Netflix Miss Americana, she talks about how constant media scrutiny caused her to have an unhealthy relationship with her body. “It’s not good for me to see pictures of myself every day,” She says in an audio comment during the movie. There were times, she says, when the constant media commentary on her body drove her to “just get a little hungry — just stop eating.”

If you feel sympathy for Swift after reading this, stop there. Swift’s feelings and experiences are not important here. What seems to matter is whether she has expressed her lived experiences in ways that people with large followings or access to influential platforms consider politically correct. I am afraid to say that she did not pass that test.

a Popular Teen Writer She complained that by using the word fat, “Swift made a choice to explicitly name her demon, fearing being called fat, a phobia of fat in its literal sense.” clerk for New York Story Magazine I wondered why Swift “couldn’t think of…a less sexy word” than fat. dark viral Tweet read: “Taylor Swift’s music video, where she looks down on the scale where she says ‘fat,’ is a bad way to describe her struggling body image…Having an eating disorder doesn’t justify a fat phobia. It’s not hard to say, ‘I struggle with an image’ My body today is “rather than I’m a fat, disgusting pig.”

I suffered from anorexia and bulimia when he was a teenager And let me tell you this: it is very It’s hard to stand on the bathroom scale when you have an eating disorder and say softly, “Honey, I think I’m struggling with my body image today.” Every time my ex-skeletal self used to stand on the scale – several times a day at once – I feel as though the scales were screaming at me FAT. I wasn’t afraid to feel this way; I was just sick. It’s a shame that Swift feels pressured not to express her live experience the way she wanted it to because it offended some people.

Having said all that, it is also important to note that listening to the comments and adjusting their art accordingly can be a very good thing. Lizo And the Beyonce The offending lyrics (both used a derogatory term for spastic hemiplegia, a form of cerebral palsy) in their songs were changed this year after opposition from their fans. And in many ways, what Swift did was commendable. She saw that some people were hurt by her art and quickly modified it without any fanfare – or commercial sacrifices – on her part. Swift, after all, has just He became the first artist in history to claim Top 10 slots on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. “10 out of 10 from the Hot 100??? On my tenth album The 32-year-old pop star tweeted. Excuse me, madam, but have you ever thought about the feelings of people who suffer from chaos? Sounds like a dreadful shy phobia to me.

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