The backlash against a moment in Taylor SwiftThe “Anti-Hero” music video seems to have prompted a montage on at least one platform.
Eagle-eyed Swift enthusiasts have noted that the Apple Music version of the Grammy winner’s video from her tenth studio album ‘Midnights’ no longer includes a controversial moment that featured the word ‘bold’ on a scale.
The video, which was written and directed by the singer, is intended to depict Swift’s “nightmarish scenarios and intrusive thoughts”, according to her. instagram.
The scene that angered some viewers shows Swift in the bathroom weighing herself on a scale as her inner critic (also played by Swift) looks on.
A close-up of the scale reveals the word “FAT” instead of showing a number, and a crestfallen Swift looks down as the other Swift shakes her head, disappointed.
The version of the video featured on Apple Music no longer goes to the word, a while some body positivity advocates interpreted as fatphobic.
CNN has reached out to Apple as well as representatives from Swift for comment.
The YouTube version of the music video still featured the controversial scene on Wednesday afternoon.
Swift has already referenced her past battles with eating disorders and body image issues.
In her 2020 documentary “Miss Americana,” Swift said unflattering images and mean comments about her figure would “sometimes make me starve a little bit — just stop eating.”
The debate over the video even reached “The View,” where co-host Sunny Hostin told critics “missed the point.”
Regardless, the controversy apparently had little effect on the album’s popularity. Swift’s new album, released Oct. 21, sold more than 1.2 million album units in the United States in its first three days of release, according to Billboard, citing music data company Luminate. Initial sales figures include all pre-orders.
Swift also became Most streamed artist on Spotify over a 24-hour period thanks to “Midnights”.