The video, which debuted on October 21, featured visuals that showed the singer reflecting on several experiences she had faced in the past. However, one scene which seemed to describe her previous battle with an eating disorder was termed insensitive by online trolls.
In the latest episode of “The View,” the show hosts opined that those naysayers misinterpreted the context of the music video and spoke about how Swift frequently weaves personal narratives into her music.
Read on to learn more.
Taylor Swift ‘Was Describing A Personal Experience’
Swift recently came under fire from some people online for allegedly using a “fatphobic” narrative in her music video for “Anti-Hero.” One of the scenes showed the Grammy-winning musician stepping on a scale to check her weight. The scale displayed “fat” instead of her actual weight as a critical doppelganger of herself looked on disapprovingly from beside her.
Since the music video went viral, many have accused Swift of fat-shaming women who are her size or larger and have criticized her for being insensitive to the predicament of women who are still struggling with weight problems.
However, on Tuesday’s episode of “The View,” the ladies of the show came out in full support of Swift, saying that critics and other trolls were misinterpreting the music video’s storyline while suggesting that Swift was referencing her previous battle with an eating disorder.
“She was just describing a personal experience,” co-host Sunny Hostin pointed out. “And quite frankly, it’s a personal experience that a lot of women experience.” “And men,” the other ladies chimed, claiming it could happen to both genders.
‘It Was Beyond ‘Fat’
Adding to the conversation, co-host Sara Haines asserted that Swift’s intention with the music video was clear, subtly dissing the online trolls for choosing to twist its meaning.
“Every single person knew what she meant,” she said. “It was beyond ‘fat,’ it was, ‘you’re not good enough, you’ve been bad.’ If you were better or stronger, this number would be different. It says so many things in one word.”
Meanwhile, Whoopi Goldberg urged those who still feel uncomfortable with the song to skip it.
The EGOT winner commented, “Just let her have her feelings. If you don’t like the song, don’t listen to it. Why are you wasting your time on this?” Goldberg continued, “Leave that girl! You know, you all want to say something about Taylor Swift. Leave her a*s alone, OK?”
“What is she supposed to put on this scale, ‘plump?’ That doesn’t work,” co-host Joy Behar chirped.
Taylor Swift Shares Her Experiences In Her Music
The conversation then moved to how Swift was always open to sharing details of her life in her music video, a long-term act that her fans have since known to associate with her since her debut days in the music industry.
“Part of what makes Taylor Swift so uniquely excellent is she shares so much of herself with her audience,” co-host Alyssa Farah Griffin said. “She talks about her break-ups, she talks about her relationships and her different struggles. So on the one hand, we can’t expect her to put herself out there and give that to us, the listeners, then react and say, ‘Oh, she shouldn’t tell us about this struggle that she’s having.'”
The “Anti-Hero” music video, which was directed and written by Swift, has amassed 32 million views and counting since its premiere on Friday.
Fans Can Relate To Taylor Swift’s ‘Anti-Hero’ Music Video And Song
In the comment section of the music video, some of Swift’s 48.6 million subscribers echoed the opinion of “The View’s” hosts and thanked the singer for using her music to share lessons about life’s struggles.
One fan said, “I love the message in the end – how you can “befriend” and eventually accept even your darkest sides, allow yourself to be that imperfect anti-hero or at least learn how to live with it. Love how it’s about mental health. Thanks, Taylor.”
Another follower penned, “It’s so crystal clear how this songs so personal and heartfelt that it could resonate with anyone who’s struggling with occasional or frequent moments of self-loathe.”
One more fan wrote, “Definitely can relate to this, Taylor always speaks from the heart and write it into lyrics. She knows how to tell a story well through her music that everyone can relate to. Love all of her songs!!”