On ‘Famous‘ a song from Kanye West’s latest album, he rapped: ‘I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex…I made that bitch famous.’ Rightfully, outrage ensued. Before we continue, let’s get some bullshit out of the way first.
Actress/model Ruby Rose, upon hearing news of Kanye’s comments tweeted:
She mentions his comments about Bill Cosby (being innocent) and his slut-shaming of Amber Rose. But all the time she spends on Twitter, she only mentions this when Taylor needs defending? Despite the Kanye/Wiz/Amber story being one of the biggest stories of the year so far, her 45 tweets from January 28th – February 2nd amounted to going to the gym, birthday wishes and Snapchat filters. She only seemed to take a feminist stance when her friend was insulted.
If we excuse Kanye’s lyric as a joke in poor taste; how can we excuse Kanye’s slut-slamming aimed at Amber Rose? It seems slut-shaming is fine, but only when you’re targeting black women or strippers. When it’s a conservative Christian caucasian woman, then rich white feminists get upset. That’s not feminism; feminism is for all women, not just the one’s your friends with.
Anyway following the backlash Kanye tweeted:
Following that Taylor’s publicist released a statement:
The lyric in question appears 30 seconds into the song. Following that there’s nothing else that could be classed as misogynist or even offensive in the song. (See for yourself) So how did she know the song was offensive without having heard the only offensive part?
Secondly following the infamous VMA 09 incident West immediately apologised to Taylor and her mother, who gave him a thorough telling off for being a dickhead (not her words). Naturally backlash was swift and Kanye called her to apologise.
A year later he went on Twitter to apologise once again. Then he went on the Jay Leno show to apologies. Then Ryan Seacrest to, you guessed it, apologise. And again, on his mother in laws ill fated chat show. Then again at lasts years, Grammy awards. And again when she presented him with an honour award at the VMA’s.
He’s even gone on record as saying his most critically acclaimed (and arguably flawless) album ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy‘ was an apology to Taylor and America for being an ‘asshole’ and the song ‘Runaway‘ was also for Taylor.
Recently audio has emerged of Kanye West ‘ranting’ before his Saturday Night Live performance where he referred to Taylor as a ‘fake ass.’
Now here are our two options:
Either Kanye is a delusional madman and has created a completely false reality where in his head, he got Taylor’s permission in his head, she came up with the idea and in his head she genuinely found it funny. Or, Kanye is genuinely telling the truth.
Think about it, Kanye’s been apologising for the best part of 7 years about the same incident. He made an album to make-up for it, why would he try to antagonise her again? Maybe publicity, but Kanye’s music sells itself.
If anything becoming the most hated man in the world is having an adverse affect on his career. No, it makes more sense that Taylor may have found it funny or just laughed along and then realised that this would have a negative effect on her brand and threw Kanye under the bus. If she didn’t hear the lyric, then she was just offended by the misogynist message, right? Calling women bitches right?
Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Backseat Freestyle‘, while undoubtedly a classic, features ‘controversial’ and highly offensive lyrics such as: “Goddamn I got bitches (okay!) damn I got bitches (okay!) Damn I got bitches, wifey, girlfriend and mistress’. As well as: ‘To sell ya game right on time, Beeitch!!! (go play) Beeitch!!! (go play), Beeitch!!! (go play) Beeitch!!! I look like OJ, Killing everything from pussy to a mothafuckin’ Hit-Boy beat, She pussy poppin’ and I got options like an audible, I be.”
What about Flo-Rida & Ke$ha’s ‘Right Round‘? The lyrics say: “Won’t open my mouth, let her talk to my fans, my Benjamin Franklin’s, A couple of grands, I got rubber bands, my paper planes making her dance, Get dirty on like the spot on my hand, We building castles that made out of sand’. Flo Rida doesn’t stop there “Poppin’ these bottles, Touching these models, Watching they asses go down down”
Or how about that time when Swift rapped Ludacris’s verse on Usher’s ‘Yeah‘ which goes: “If you hold the head steady I’m a milk the cow. Forget about the game, I’m a spit the truth, I won’t stop till I get ’em in they birthday suits.”
So if music degrading women isn’t a problem and she hadn’t actually heard anything referring to her then that kind of makes what she said a lie? Right? No? How about this:
Following that Grammy producer Ken Ehrlich released this statement:
‘Regarding my statement at the Grammys about Taylor, I misunderstood what she had told me. Under the pressure of rehearsals, rather than say that she was aware of the song, I said she had heard a track when in fact she had not and what she said to me didn’t imply that at all.’
Now you can regard that as a genuine mistake on Ehrlich’s part, but the confidence that he speaks initially versus his carefully prepared statement sounds more like Taylor sent some lawyers his way.
Or to let Charlemagne Tha God tell it:
Why was there so much drama? Because Taylor Swift is worth $200 million and has a brand to protect. Brand? What brand? Well in September 2014 that brand caused her to heavily imply to Rolling Stone that ‘Bad Blood‘ was about Katy Perry.
‘The angriest song on 1989 is called “Bad Blood,” and it’s about another female artist Swift declines to name. “For years, I was never sure if we were friends or not,” she says. “She would come up to me at awards shows and say something and walk away, and I would think, ‘Are we friends, or did she just give me the harshest insult of my life?'” Then last year, the other star crossed a line. “She did something so horrible,” Swift says. “I was like, ‘Oh, we’re just straight-up enemies.’ And it wasn’t even about a guy! It had to do with business.’
In immediate response to this article, Katy Perry tweeted:
Watch out for the Regina George in sheep's clothing…
— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) September 9, 2014
While never explicitly naming Perry, it’s common knowledge who Swift was talking about. This leads the ‘Bad Blood‘ music video, a huge pop culture moment, complete with endless celebrity cameos.
Now, with a full knowledge who this million dollar video is aimed at. If Kanye’s line about Taylor is bullying, what exactly is it when you get all your celebrity friends for a song about another girl you don’t like? Wouldn’t that mean that Taylor was a bully too? That would make her an even bigger bully.
Over a year later following a minor backlash and accusations of bullying, speaking to GQ she stated that the song was actually about an old relationship and:
‘I never said anything that would point a finger in the specific direction of one specific person, and I can sleep at night knowing that.‘
More lawyer speak, and remember when Katy Perry performed and those two sharks stole the show?
Well Taylor Swift had a familiar special guest pop up during a performance of ‘Bad Blood‘
@TSwiftOnTour @TSwiftNZ @taylorswift13 THERE WAS A SHARK DURING #BADBLOOD TODAY #BADBLOODSHARK pic.twitter.com/VXWetafdj6
— Jillian (@Swifty448) July 26, 2015
While Kanye didn’t spend hours with Taylor writing songs, vocal training and getting her live performance right; he did play a role in her fame. He was the big angry rapper who ruined the innocent Christian country singers big moment. Kanye made us feel sorry for Taylor. We all wanted to look after the frightened little girl who’d been humiliated in front of millions because she truly was the victim.
Taylor has played that role over and over again. The pretending to be shocked about winning yet another award, the victim of being ‘too boring‘ in relationships, revealing intimate details of her private life, then complaining when the media ‘invade’ her private life, all completely fake. But the truth is, it’s our fault. A proud, self-assured Taylor Swift simply wouldn’t see the same success that a nervous victim would.
We don’t like confident people. We like to praise people, but when those people reiterate our praise it’s arrogance. We damn sure won’t stand for it in a woman. Look at the backlash that happens when female pop stars dare suggest they have had sex and enjoy it? Katy Perry, Lady GaGa and yes Taylor Swift have all publicly distanced themselves from feminism. Do they believe in equal pay? Sure. But our fear of strong women means it’s undoubtedly hurt their record sales.
Our knee-jerk reaction to a strong woman is to shout “UGH FEMINIST” as if it’s an insult. Taylor makes more sense playing the role of a vulnerable woman, someone who needs protecting and someone we can all feel sorry for.
Taylor being worth $200 million but still wanting to stay at home on date night, is attainable. That’s what’s important; she needs to be attainable. Because that’s marketable. Picture yourself taking Rihanna on a date to Nandos. Now imagine doing that with Taylor, it just about fits doesn’t it?
The truth is: Taylor Swift has never been a victim. When she failed to secure a record deal, her father bought a nice chunk of a record label that she eventually signed to. Taylor Swift forced Apple to pay artists during Apple Music’s free trial. Think about that for a second. Apple is worth near a Trillion dollars and Taylor Swift single-handedly made Apple decide to pay not just her, but everyone. That is not a victim, that is a frighteningly powerful business woman. A powerful businesswoman wrapped up in a girl next door package because, without it, it’d be 10 seconds before she was called a “bitch”.
So realise Taylor is about as far from a victim as possible, everything is orchestrated and when she’s slut shaming her exes new girlfriend or bullying her rivals, set aside who you want Taylor to be and admit who she is.