Whoopi Goldberg Defends Taylor Swift After She Is Accused Of Fatphobia On The View

Whoopi Goldberg has defended Taylor Swift after she has been accused of fatphobia by critics on The View. Find out more here...
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Whoopi Goldberg has defended Taylor Swift after she has been accused of fatphobia by critics on The View.

The ‘Love Story’ singer released her 10th studio album, ‘Midnights’, on October 21.

It has since become the talk of the internet, whether it be fans hunting for Easter eggs, to references in her music videos, or how it has smashed records on Spotify.

But Swift’s track ‘Anti-Hero’ has come under a lot of scrutiny since the music video dropped.

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The song is about the ‘Look What You Made Me Do’ artist’s deepest insecurities.

In the video, Swift stands on a weight scale which reads ‘fat’ as her inner self is standing next to her.

Critics have since come out saying that the song is promoting fatphobia and this could be dangerous to people who are suffering from body image issues.

Shira Rosenbluth, an eating disorder therapist, called out the pop star in a Twitter thread, which has got over 42,000 likes.

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In her social media post, Rosenbluth wrote: “Taylor Swift’s music video, where she looks down at the scale where it says ‘fat,’ is a s****y way to describe her body image struggles. 

“Fat people don’t need to have it reiterated yet again that it’s everyone’s worst nightmare to look like us.

“Having an eating disorder doesn’t excuse fatphobia. It’s not hard to say, ‘I’m struggling with my body image today’ instead of ‘I’m a fat, disgusting pig’.”

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Taylor Swift has come under fire over her music video. Credit: Alamy

However, Goldberg has since come out in defence of Swift on The View.

“So, Taylor Swift’s new song, ‘Anti-Hero’, is facing controversy where she steps on a scale that reads ‘fat’. Critics are saying she is promoting, so-called fatphobia,” the presenter said, via The Sun US

Goldberg continued: “But her supporters are pointing out how she has always been open about her struggles with her own eating disorder and the video reflects what she sees, not what you see her see, what she sees. That’s the whole point of that piece.”

One of her co-hosts, Sunny Hostin added: “I mean they missed the point. For someone who is an artist and she gets to have agency over her artistry. She was describing a personal experience. 

“And quite frankly, it’s a personal experience that a lot of women experience. And men.”

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Sara Haines also contributed to the discussion by saying: “It was beyond fat. It’s [that] 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.”

Goldberg proceeded to end the segment by stating: “If you don’t like the songs, don’t listen to it.

“Why are you even wasting your time on this? Leave that girl alone.

“Y’all always want to say something about Taylor Swift. Leave her a** alone, OK?

“She’s an artist. Let her do her thing.”

Despite Goldberg defending Swift, it seems like the artist listened to the critics as she edited the video to no longer have a close-up of the word ‘fat’, reports Vulture

Rosenbluth shared on Twitter: “Looks like the video has been updated on Apple Music and no longer has the closeup of the scale. Wow!”

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Written by Rosario Monachino

Rosario is a content editor at IGV who specialises in film, TV and entertainment news. He has a degree in English and Film from the University of Salford and a masters in Journalism from Liverpool John Moores University.