If you haven’t yet heard, yesterday, during the Yeezy Season Three show, Kanye West premiered his new album, called The Life Of Pablo (for now at least). This might have been vaguely newsworthy in and of itself, but there was one song in particular, called “Famous,” that made quite the splash. In it, West proclaims, “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex /I made that bitch famous.” The “Taylor” in this situation is, of course, Taylor Swift–who, you might recall, already had a fairly tumultuous relationship with West.
Look, guys, I don’t know. I don’t even know anymore. West says he asked for and received her approval on the lyric, and Swift is like, “Uh, I certainly did not.” Because of this, some people are coming to West’s defense,saying that it’s a “spectacular rebuttal against PC culture” (k) while those with ties to the infamous #SwiftSquad are publicly, dramatically cutting off all ties with him. (There’s also a distinct line of chatter coming from people who point out that, of all the decidedly problematic ish Kanye West has pulled–like, say, declaring that Bill Cosby is innocent, saying that Kim Kardashian is more influential than Michelle Obama, and generally being one hundred percent of an a-hole to Amber Rose–why is this the one thing that people choose to jump on him for? Which, fair.)
I suspect that we have not heard the last from either Taylor or Kanye on this front. While we wait to see how everything progresses on their end, let’s check out how, exactly, everyone else on the Internet has reacted thus far. As you might expect, everyone’s pretty worked up:
1. Austin Swift–Taylor Swift’s brother–threw his Yeezys in the trash. So there’s that:
2. Others are like, “No, bb–Taylor made you famous:”
given the degree to which controversy has eclipsed the impact of his art might be more accurate to say taylor swift made kanye famous imo
— james brooks (@elite_gz) February 11, 2016
3. I mean:
— Georgia O'Brien (@unachance) February 12, 2016
4. And Taylor Swift made herself famous, thanks (well, her and the vast wealth she was born into, but that’s another thing altogether):
rare picture of what made Taylor Swift famous: pic.twitter.com/eN1Un6tckI
— ila (@flavlesswift) February 12, 2016
5. Also that, monetarily speaking, Taylor Swift has done okay without Kanye, thanks:
— Philip DeFranco (@PhillyD) February 12, 2016
6. “This guy,” indeed:
Ye really said he made Taylor Swift famous by interrupting an award she received for her 7x platinum album. This guy….
— Larry Beyince (@DragonflyJonez) February 12, 2016
7. And those that heard the lyric in the moment? Not super into it:
Look at how fast Gigi's mood changed pic.twitter.com/zBCVcpQPtW
— let gigi hadid live (@hadidgomez) February 12, 2016
8. Which Gigi Hadid made sure to clarify after the fact, too:
My attendance somewhere does not mean I agree with everything being said in the music playing there. My friends know of my loyalty.
— Gigi Hadid (@GiGiHadid) February 12, 2016
9. “Calm down, Kanye.” Something tells me he’s heard that before:
Kanye needs 2 calm down & not tell girls that they owe him sexual favors for making them "famous." @taylorswift13 is talented & hard working
— Cassey Ho (@blogilates) February 12, 2016
10. No lies detected:
there isn't enough room in the world to do the jerk off motion kanye west deserves right not
— Dana Schwartz (@DanaSchwartzzz) February 12, 2016
11. At the same time, where were all during…literally every other terrible thing Kanye West has done?
hmm okay @ everyone who only thinks kanye's gross after he comes for ur dairy free sugar free 0 calorie sugar cookie kween
— sextina aquafina (@giltcomplex) February 12, 2016
12. Once more for the people in the back:
@AkilahObviously why are people more mad about this than they were the Cosby thing?
— Matthew Gaydos (@MatthewGaydos) February 12, 2016
13. And…no matter how you feel about Taylor Swift or Kanye West, this is not wrong:
Has Taylor Swift actually ever stood up for herself in the moment of being attacked? Cause man, that would be a great help for feminism.
— Akilah Hughes (@AkilahObviously) February 12, 2016
14. In the end? They’ll probably both be fine:
S/o to whoever realized that a feud between Kanye and Taylor Swift was the perfect device for endlessly reinforcing their respective brands
— Evan DeSimone (@Smorgasboredom) February 12, 2016
What do you think of these reactions? Are there any that you think are totally absurd? Let us know in the comments!