The feud between Taylor Swift and Kanye West has been pacifying the populace for almost seven years now, if you can believe that. There have been highs and lows, escalations and de-escalations (a complete chronicle of the saga is here). The latest turn in the feud had been over a lyric in West’s recently released song “Famous”: “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex/Why? I made that b***h famous.” On Sunday night, Kim Kardashian threw a grenade into the feud, escalating bad blood between Swift and West to perhaps an all-time high.
In a series of posts on Snapchat, Kardashian revealed video clips of a phone call between Swift and West. West, it appears, had given Swift a heads up about the lyric, particularly the inclusion of the b-word, prior to the song’s release — and Swift apparently had given West her blessing and thanked him for the advance notice. “It’s just like, it’s a really cool thing to do — and a really good show of friendship. So thank you,” Swift said at the end of the conversation, according to the videos posted on Snapchat. “Thank you, too,” West replied. The conversation contradicted public statements made by Swift’s publicist about whether or not the singer had signed off on the use of the b-word, which she said was “misogynistic.” Days later, during her Grammys acceptance speech for Album of the Year, Swift delivered a strong message of empowerment, which was a thinly-veiled criticism of West having taken credit for making her famous. Swift denounced Kardashian’s leak of the phone call as a “character assassination.”
The video leak caused the hashtag #KimExposedTaylorParty to trend on Twitter Sunday night and it was still going strong late Monday morning as the masses were enthralled with the latest clash between the two singers. The soap opera as a media form was once-declared “dead!” But Kardashian, Swift and West are making it clear that the form is alive and well — it just evolved into a vehicle by which to sell music.
Read the full transcript of the phone call at The Washington Post.