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The latest episode in the ongoing cartoon that is Kanye West vs. Taylor Swift occurred late Sunday (July 17) night with Kim Kardashian posting video to Snapchat that revealed that Swift did indeed know that Kanye was going to drop his now-infamous line about her in his song “Famous.”
The revelation set off a firestorm on social media and led to Taylor accused Kimmy of “character assassination.” See–Taylor parlayed Kanye’s “Famous” line into a little more good publicity for her by slamming Kanye during her acceptance speech at this year’s Grammy awards.
It’s all such a tangled web at this point, but why does Kanye always seem to be painted as the bad guy when clearly, lots of people (including Calvin Harris and Katy Perry, apparently) seem to think she’s one of the most duplicitous, manipulative people in music. So we decided to point out that Kanye isn’t always wrong in what he says about Taylor Swift. Even if he does sometimes say it the “wrong” way.
Here are five moments where he was right. Right as hell, actually.
“I made that bitch famous”
It may be more accurate to say that Yeezy made Taylor Swift infamous. Granted, she’d landed on the cover of Rolling Stone in early 2009–months before the VMAs debacle, but think about how different Taylor’s star trajectory has been since 2010? She’s gone from country-pop anomaly (seriously–when did the Dixie Chicks ever win VMAs?) to one of the three or four biggest pop stars on the planet. When was the last time you even thought of Taylor Swift and country music? Her crossover status wasn’t just in terms of musical stylings; she has become one of the most talked-about, scrutinized and powerful artists in music. A lot of that version of T-Swizzle started post-Kanyegate.
“And f— Taylor Swift–with her fake ass”
Obviously, Taylor Swift is fake. We don’t mean “fake” in that “probably most of not all top tier celebs are kinda phony” way; we mean “fake” in that Regina George-from-Mean-Girls and all of those hateful wenches from Heathers sorta way. She smiles and plays cute better than anyone in music–but underneath it all is a scorching control-freak hell-bent on ruining anyone who dares rise against her. Scary fake.
“Beyoncé had one of the best videos of all time.”
She did. How can Taylor Swift win Best Female Video (for “You Belong To Me”) if Beyonce has the Video of the Year for “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)?” Things that make you go…that’s some bulls—.
Seven years later–which video do you remember the best? Don’t answer.
“Fearless” should not have won Album of the Year
In a 2010 interview with Access Hollywood, Kanye included Fearless among albums that he didn’t think warranted the Grammy love that year. He was kinda right about that one, too: Lady Gaga’s debut and Beyonce’s alter ego both touched down in 2008-2009, the same year dear Taylor truly became a crossover megastar. Beyonce probably has at least four albums that are better than I Am…Sasha Fierce–and that album was still more deserving of AOTY honors than Fearless. IASF sported six charting singles to Fearless‘s five and Gaga’s The Fame seemed to be virtually everywhere that year, sporting five singles that hit big on Billboard. But the Swift machine was already running at full-speed; with the then-19 year old having broke big on MTV and being viewed as the innocent victim in another Kanye train wreck. Surprise! She got the win.
“I don’t think people care about me or her in that way. “
Absolutely correct, Yeezus. These are two of the most popular artists of our time and their music is as indelible as anyone’s, but there’s obviously much weightier stuff happening in the world. We care–but we don’t care. We like to watch the real-life soap opera that is celebritydom unfold in all of it’s messy and pettier-than-thou glory, but that’s about it.
No one is losing sleep over this. ‘Cept maybe Kim.