Taylor Swift’s long-anticipated documentary Miss Americana dropped on Netflix Friday, and several moments center around how the pop star has been portrayed in the media. One segment includes a few public figures saying unflattering things about the singer, including comedian Nikki Glaser, who joked about how Swift is “too skinny.” In an Instagram post on Friday, Glaser wrote out a long apology to Swift and explained that her comment was “an example of ‘projection’.”
The post includes a photo of Glaser who explains how big of a Swift fan she is. She also penned how hard it was to watch her joke play out in the film. “I love Taylor Swift. Unfortunately, I am featured in her new documentary as part of a montage of asshats saying mean things about her, which is used to explain why she felt the need to escape from the spotlight for a year,” she wrote. ” It’s insanely ironic because anyone who knows me knows I’m obnoxiously obsessed with her and her music.”
She continued, “I first heard myself in the trailer last week as I watched it alone in bed (as soon as it came out bc I was so excited!) and I was horrified to hear my own voice. The sound bite was from an interview I did 5 years ago and I say in SUCH a shitty tone, ‘she’s too skinny; it bothers me… all of her model friends, and it’s just like, c’mon! This quote should be used as an example of ‘projection’ in PSYCH101 textbooks. If you’re familiar with my ‘work’ at all, you know I talk openly about battling some kind of eating disorder for the past 17 years. I was probably ‘feeling fat’ that day and was jealous. Also, I’ve had people say the same shit about me being too skinny before and know how terrible it feels to hear that when you’re struggling. And I was only bothered by her model friends because I’d like to be her friend and I’m not a model.”
“I really have no need to post this other than to apologize to someone who seriously means SO much to me,” she added.
For Swift, it all seems to be water under the bridge. She commented on Glaser’s post shortly after, saying how grateful she was for her apology. “I appreciate this so much and one of the major themes about the doc is that we have the ability to change our opinions over time, to grow, to learn about ourselves,” she said. “I’m so sorry to hear that you’ve struggled with some of the same things I’ve struggled with. Sending a massive hug.”
Just before the documentary came out, Swift opened up about her struggles with an eating disorder and her body image. She spoke to Variety, describing “a real shame/hate spiral” that the pressures of being in the public eye triggered for her. She said that if she’d see “a picture of me where I feel like I looked like my tummy was too big, or…someone said that I looked pregnant…and that’ll just trigger me to just starve a little bit—just stop eating.“ She added, “It’s only happened a few times, and I’m not in any way proud of it.”
Her documentary delved deeper into her body image struggles, but Swift said she is in a better place now.
“I don’t care as much if, like, somebody points out that I have gained weight. It’s just something that makes my life better, the fact that I’m a size 6 instead of a size 00. I mean, that wasn’t how my body was supposed to be. I just didn’t really understand that at the time.