Taylor Swift caught in a lie over Kanye West's infamous "Famous" lyric

by Tyler Munro

July 18, 2016






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After months of claiming she never approved the controversial lyric, Kim Kardashian leaked video of Taylor Swift doing exactly that.

To be clear, there are worse things going on in the world than the internet turning against Taylor Swift. But to be clear: Last week the internet started to turn on Taylor Swift, and it has been absolutely hilarious.

It started when Swift’s team leaked to TMZ that she wrote ex-boyfriend Cavin Harris’s “This Is What You Came For” under the pseudonym Nils Sjoberg. Unfortunately, that doesn’t seem to be the case: Harris, er, swiftly clarified: She wrote the song with him, but he ultimately wrote the music, produced the song and cut the vocals. Swift’s pseudonym was because she wanted to keep it all a secret, presumably to bury it beneath the Hiddleswift phenomena. Still, he took the higher ground, pointing out that while Swift may not have been the typewriting monkey behind the entire song, she nonetheless “smashed it” with her work on it.

Then, last night, things turned sourer for Swift when, after prompting people to following her on Snapchat, Kim Kardashian leaked footage of Taylor Swift agreeing to that infamous line on Kanye West’s “Famous.” After weeks of feigned moral outrage, YASSSS QUEEEEEEN acceptance speeches and cut-eye from the manufactured moral high ground, Taylor Swift had been caught in a lie. Her backtracking was an immediate thing of beauty.

That moment where, for months, your PR team had insisted that there was on video. That moment where, after months of dragging West’s name through the mud with legal threats and posturing, his wife becomes a literal shrug emoji and outs you anyway.

And while we tell ourselves were better than this, that the chaos in the United States, France, Iraq — okay, everywhere, because the world is shit — is what should really be consuming our time, it begs a bigger question: Why not both? This is the kind of escapism we need.

As this story develops, we can be sure of two things: Taylor and Kanye probably won’t be having that sex now, and this could all have been avoided if they’d just given Beyoncé that damn trophy.

Kanye West: “Oh OK, dope, You still got the Nashville number.”

Taylor Swift: “I still have the Nashville um, area code but I had to change it.”

KW (reading his “Famous” lyric): “For all my Southside n—as that know me best, I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex.”

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TS: “I’m like, this close to overexposure.”

KW: “Oh, well this one is … I think this is a really cool thing to have.”

TS: “I know, I mean it’s like a compliment, kind of.”

KW: “What I give a f–k is about is just you as a person, and as a friend.”

TS: “That’s sweet.”

KW: “I want things that make you feel good. I don’t wanna do rap that makes people feel bad.”

TS: “Um, yeah, I mean go with whatever line you think is better. It’s obviously very tongue-in-cheek either way … And I really appreciate you telling me about it, that’s really nice.”

KW “Yeah, I just have a responsibility to you as a friend … Thanks for being so cool about it.”

TS: “Well, thanks, yeah. I really appreciate it. The head’s up is so nice. … Even asking or seeing if I’d be OK with it. I just really appreciate it. I never would have expected you to, like, tell me about one of the lines in your song.

TS: “And the flowers that you sent me, [In September 2015, the “All Day” rapper gifted Swift with a giant bouquet after she presented him with an award at the VMAs, officially putting an end to their feud after he interrupted her acceptance speech at the 2009 awards show.] I Instagrammed a picture of them, and it’s the most Instagram likes I’ve ever gotten. It was like 2.7.”

KW: Relationships are more important than punch lines, you know?

TS: “Yeah, I mean, I don’t think anybody would listen to that and think, like, oh that’s a real, that’s a real diss. Like, she must be crying.”

TS: “You’ve got to 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. 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.”

TS: “… And I have the idea to do it and I create these things and concepts. Like, I’m always gonna respect you.”

TS: “And I’m really glad that you have the respect to call me and tell me that as a friend about the song.”

TS: “It’s just like a really cool thing to do and a really good show of friendship so thank you.”

TS: “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. Joke’s on you guys, we’re fine.”

TS: “You guys want to call this a feud, you want to call this throwing shade? But right after the song comes on I’m gonna be on a Grammy red carpet and they’re gonna ask me about it and I’m gonna be like, he called me.”

TS: “… Are gonna be like, yeah she does, it made her famous. You know, but it’s more provocative to say like still have sex.”

TS: “It’s not, it doesn’t matter to me. There’s not like one that hurts my feelings and one that doesn’t.”[/quote]

Tags: Music, News, Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, Taylor Swift






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