This morning, Meghan Trainor's unbelievably catchy single "Me Too" got its own music video. In it, Trainor blows a kiss to a Grammy, dances around in a giraffe onesie with a hood, and lives in a candy-colored dream world of fame. "If I was you / I'd wanna be me too," the song repeats over and over again while Trainor twirls.
But then, around 2:15 p.m., the video disappeared, pulled off YouTube after having been watched more than 425,000 times.
Where the video had once been, a note now explains that the video has been removed "by the user." That means it wasn't yanked for copyright infringement or explicit content. Having watched the video myself (several times) before it disappeared, it struck me as completely innocuous.
But Meghan Trainor soon revealed the reason she pulled the video, addressing the camera in a Snapchat story:
Hey guys, I took down the "Me Too" video because they photoshopped the crap out of me. I'm so sick of it and I'm over it so I took it down. Until they fix it.
My waist is not that teeny, I had a bomb waist that night. I don't know why they didn't like my waist. I didn't approve that video, and it went out into the world so I'm embarrassed.
I told them to fix it A$AP Rocky, because I will be going to Times Square to play it for my fans, so I hope they fix it and I am sorry about this.
The video is still one of my favorite videos I've ever done, I'm very proud of it. I'm just pissed off that they BROKE MY RIBS, ya know?
Photoshopping, of course, is a mortal sin for a woman who made her name off a single that claimed to be "All About that Bass."
Before the video was pulled, we made some GIFs. Most of the early scenes seem unaltered. Of course, no one is as familiar with Meghan Trainor's body than the pop star herself, but these sequences don't reek of retouching.
It's the back half of the video, in which Trainor performs a dance routine in a defined-waist dress, that has the most potential for unwanted editing.
This dance sequence could have had involved some photoshopping, but if it's there, it's subtle—at least to those of us whose aren't the pop star herself. In fact, before Trainor posted on Snapchat about why she'd pulled the video down, there were very few (if any: we couldn't find any posts on Twitter, Instagram, or Tumblr) complaints lodged on social media about the way her body looked in "Me Too."
On closer inspection, there are moments of the video that may have been digitally altered in a general way, but any changes made to Trainor's figure aren't obvious.
This comes on the heels of another Meghan Trainor photoshopping scandal. In April, Trainor graced the cover of Seventeen magazine, and her fans immediately rioted.
If the Seventeen cover drew such a backlash from Meghan Trainor's own fanbase, then how did a photoshopped music video get through all the levels of post-production analysis—and then be watched by half a million YouTube viewers—without Trainor knowing? Did she really not see "Me Too" before it was released? Was she shown an earlier version of the video that was later altered? We reached out to Meghan Trainor's label for comment, but as of publication, they have not responded.
For a song with a killer beat and an addictive chorus, it certainly doesn't hurt to have a little bit of a scandal the week that Thank You, Trainor's new album, drops.
Kelsey McKinney is a culture staff writer for Fusion.