If you’ve been keeping an eye on social media for the last couple of weeks, then you should be aware of the yet another Kanye and Taylor Swift debacle. The two have a long history, which goes all the way back to the MTV Video Music Awards of 2009. Their feud began when Kanye hopped onstage with Taylor still in the middle of her acceptance speech, and interrupted with the now famous words: “Yo, Taylor, I’m really happy for you and I’mma let you finish, but Beyoncé had one of the best videos of all time. One of the best videos of all time!”
Shortly after the incident, Kanye publically admitted to being in the wrong on the Jay Leno Show, and eventually extended an apology to Taylor over Twitter. The two seemingly made up, but their relationship remained rocky to say the least. Over the next couple of years both continued to make music, eventually moving on from the incident and portraying a seemingly friendly relationship on social media.
And just as things were starting to go so well, Kanye released The Life of Pablo – an album that included a track named ‘Famous,’ which had a callout to Taylor Swift. The lyrics included the following: “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex / Why? I made that bitch famous.” Shortly after the release of the song, Taylor displayed her “outrage” over the lyrics that she apparently found demeaning. Kanye came out with a rebuttal, saying that Taylor approved the song long before it was released, claiming that she found it “funny and gave her blessings.”
Not long after Kanye’s statement, Taylor’s camp came to her rescue and publically denied his allegations, claiming that Kanye didn’t call for approval. Now, the beef would likely end here, had it not been for Kanye’s loyal wife, Kim Kardashian, who on a GQ interview echoed her husband claiming that Taylor was made aware and approved the lyrics. “She totally approved that,” Kim said. “She wanted to all of a sudden act like she didn’t. I swear, my husband gets so much shit for things [when] he really was doing proper protocol and even called to get it approved.”
Kim didn’t stop there, and went on to claim that the conversation was secretly recorded on camera. Turns out she wasn’t bluffing either. Just a few days after the claim, Kim released the video recording of Kanye speaking to Taylor about the song on her Snapchat. Despite being publicly exposed as a liar, Taylor continues to hold her ground, gripping at any threads that are left. Shortly after the release of the recording, Taylor modified her story and said that she never specifically approved the line where Kanye called her a ‘bitch.” She went on to explain that “you can’t approve a song that you haven’t heard.”
Maybe true, but you have to hand it to Kim for standing up for her husband. That said, the video posted by Kim is edited. Snapchat doesn’t allow for long videos, so by default the video was chopped up into shorter clips. It’s hard to know with certainty what actually went down, but it’s entirely possible that Kardashian left out parts that were unfavourable to Kanye. It doesn’t appear that anything Taylor said was doctored in anyway, so for now, Kanye’s story seems to check out. Although both sides have been quiet for now, it’s likely that we’re going to hear more about this soon.