If you think you’re having a bad Monday, rest assured it’s nothing like the PR nightmare Taylor Swift is having today.
Late Sunday night, Kim Kardashian released Snapchat videos of a secretly recorded phone call between husband Kanye West and Swift talking about the rapper’s song “Famous.” The lyrics include a reference to Swift — “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex/Why? I made that b---- famous.”
In the recorded video, West raps the first line of the lyric to Swift, who seems flattered at the reference, saying “I mean, it’s like a compliment kind of.” She continues to say she appreciates the heads-up on the lyric, and when people ask her about the lyric, she’ll say, “‘Look, he called me and told me the line before it came out. Like, joke’s on you guys, we’re fine.’”
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What she says in the phone call seems to contradict with her recent statements about the song, which she’s called “misogynistic” and which her publicist said “humiliated” her.
Swift claimed she was unaware of the second line (with the “b” word), although her Grammy acceptance speech for “1989” as Album of the Year fires back at West for trying to claim responsibility for her fame.
There’s seems to be a constant feud between West and Swift ever since he took the microphone from the singer when she won a VMA for her “You Belong With Me” music video in 2009.
Before she released the Snapchat videos, Kardashian had already added fuel to the fire in a GQ interview, where she first revealed there was video of Swift and West talking about the lyrics of “Famous.” While Kardashian admitted that the filming had taken place secretly, without Swift knowing, she also claimed that Swift’s representatives had threatened to take legal action if the video was not deleted.
So, of course, Kardashian released the video.
It didn’t take long for Swift to fire back through an Instagram post. She captioned it: “That moment when Kanye West secretly records your phone call, then Kim posts it on the Internet.”
“You don’t get to control someone’s emotional response to being called ‘that bitch’ in front of the entire world,” the post reads. “[West] promised to play the song for me, but he never did. While I wanted to be supportive of Kanye on the phone call, you cannot ‘approve’ a song you haven’t heard.
“I would very much like to be excluded from this narrative, one that I have never asked to be a part of, since 2009,” she ends the post.
The internet’s response to this latest Swift news has been mixed. Previously, people had left snake emojis on Swift’s Instagram posts after her ex-boyfriend Calvin Harris seemingly attacked her on Twitter last week (was it really only last week?).
Those tweets didn’t go unnoticed by Kardashian, who tweeted this shortly before releasing the video last night — conveniently, right before the airing of “Keeping up with the Kardashians”:
Last night’s feud spawned the hashtag #KimExposedTaylorParty. And it’s pretty ruthless.
Swift’s friend Selena Gomez came to the singer’s defense on Twitter.
Actress Chloe Grace Moretz used the situation to comment on the industry as a whole.
Others just apparently enjoyed watching the world burn.
Here’s the full conversation between Kanye West and Swift:
Kanye: Oh ok, dope. You still got the Nashville number?
Taylor: I still have the Nashville area code, but I had to change it.
Kanye: (rapping the line from “Famous”) “Too all my Southside n----- that know me best/I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex.”
Taylor: . . .I’m like this close to overexposure.
Kanye: Oh. Well this one is uh — I think this is a really cool thing to have, uh, definitely.
Taylor: I know. I mean, it’s like a compliment kind of. (laughs)
Kanye: What I give a f---- about is just you as a person and as a friend. I want things that make you feel good. I don’t want to do rap that makes people feel bad.
Taylor: Um – yeah. I mean, go with whatever line you think is better. It’s obviously very tongue-in-cheek either way.
Taylor: And I really appreciate you telling me about it, that’s really nice.
Kanye: Oh yeah. I just have a responsibility to you as a friend, you know? And uh, I mean, thanks for being, like, so cool about it.
Taylor: Aw, thanks. Um, yeah, I really appreciate it. Like, the heads up is so nice.
Taylor: . . .things without, like, even asking or seeing if I’d be okay with it and I just really appreciate it. Like, I never would have expected you to tell me about a line in one of your songs.
Taylor: And then the flowers that you sent me, I, like, Instagrammed a picture of them and it’s the most Instagram likes I’ve ever gotten, it was like 2.7 -
Kanye: Relationships are more important than punchlines, you know?
Taylor: Yeah. I mean, I don’t think anybody would listen to that and be like, “Oh that’s a real, that’s a real dis, like, she must be crying about - ”
Taylor: It’s just you gotta tell the story the way that it happened to you and the way that you experienced it. Like, you honestly didn’t know who I was before that.
Taylor: It doesn’t matter if I sold 7 million of that album before you did that, which is what happened, you didn’t know who I was before that. It’s fine.
Taylor: . . .in the event that I can make these things happen and I have the idea to do it and I create these things and concepts and, like, I’m always going to respect you.
Taylor: And I’m really glad that you have the respect to call me and tell me that as a friend about the song and ...
Taylor: It’s just like, it’s a really cool thing to do – and a really good show of friendship. So thank you.
Kanye: Thank you, too.
Taylor: And you know, if people ask me about it, I think it would be great for me to be like, “Look, he called me and told me the line before it came out. Like, joke’s on you guys, we’re fine.”
Taylor: You guys want to call this a feud, you want to call this throwing shade but, you know, right after the song comes out I’m going to be on a Grammy red carpet and they’re going to ask me about it and I’m going to be like, “He called me.”
Taylor: . . . and awesome that you’re so outspoken, and it’s going to be like “Yeah she does, it made her famous.” You know, so it’s more provocative to say “might still have sex” because -
Taylor: It’s not - it’s not - it doesn’t matter to me. There’s not, like, one that hurts my feelings and one that doesn’t.