Get your sugar out and the biscuits ready because the tea Kim Kardashian served on Sunday is PIPING HOT! The internet is in full meltdown mode after the media mogul released video footage of a phone conversation between her husband, Kanye West and Taylor Swift. The recording clearly shows Kanye running the lyrics of his controversial song, Famous, by the superstar singer. Swift not only approved of the lyrics Kanye wrote but expressed her gratitude to the rapper for calling her about them.
Rewind to February when Kanye’s album, The Life of Pablo, was released, the rapper received immense backlash from the lyrics “I think me and Taylor might still have sex. Why? I made that b***h famous.” Taylor’s PR team subsequently released a statement saying, “Kanye did not call for approval, but to ask Taylor to release his single ‘Famous’ on her Twitter account. She declined and cautioned him about releasing a song with such a strong misogynistic message. Taylor was never made aware of the actual lyric, ‘I made that b***h famous.’” Furthermore, Taylor used her Grammy speech to publicly clapback at the rapper saying, “And as the first woman to win Album of the Year twice, I want to say to all the young women out there, there are going to be people along the way who try to undercut your success or take credit for your accomplishments and your fame, but if you just focus on the work and you don’t let those people sidetrack you, some day when you get where you’re going, you’ll look around and you will know that it was you and the people who love you who put you there and that will be the greatest feeling in the world.”
This is where the drama really comes in. In this newly released footage, Taylor can be heard saying, “It’s more provocative to say ‘might still have sex…’ There’s not like one [lyric] that hurts my feelings and one that doesn’t.” To be fair, we didn’t get to hear the phone conversation in full, but at this point it’s not looking good for Taylor. At no point does she express a negative reaction to Kanye’s lyrics and even encourages the rapper. After the release of this footage, she promptly released a statement on Instagram in her defence, claiming she didn’t hear the entire lyrics.
Although this ordeal may be upsetting for Taylor and her army of “Swifties”, the rest of the internet is sitting back and selfishly enjoying the endless entertainment courtesy of Twitter. There’s nothing quite like a juicy celebrity drama that can induce a special shine from internet trolls. Between #KimExposedTaylorParty and Kim’s choice to release this drama on “National Snake Day”, the internet is exploding at Taylor’s expense.
Here is the entire conversation Taylor & Kanye had, judge for yourself. pic.twitter.com/InTjvPGKe3
— ShadyPopMusic (@ShadyPopMusic) July 18, 2016
— Rob Perez (@World_Wide_Wob) July 18, 2016
@KimKardashian girl what do you have on trump do him next
— Matt Bellassai (@MattBellassai) July 18, 2016
Taylor Swift being DRAGGED by Kim Kardashian like pic.twitter.com/PyQDeNtTBi
— Jaime (@jaimeeatilano) July 18, 2016
Not only does the internet have a lot to say, but tons of other celebrities have been publicly taking sides too. In true best friend fashion, Selena Gomez tweeted in support of Taylor saying, “There are more important things to talk about… Why can’t people use their voice for something that f****** matters?” She further added, “Truth is last thing we need right now is hate, in any form.” Consequently, she was met with backlash from the Twittersphere for posting Coca Cola advertisements and not using her platform for commenting on world issues like the recent Black Lives Matter movement.
Taylor’s longtime friend and video producer Joseph Kahn took his defence a step further by comparing Kim’s exposure of Taylor to the murder of Nicole Brown Simpson.
Ain’t the first time the Kardashians supported the murder of an innocent blonde woman.
— Joseph Kahn (@JosephKahn) July 18, 2016
While Taylor does have some support in her corner, it seems like a large group of celebrities have been patiently waiting for the demise of Miss Swift and aren’t afraid to publicly show it. Katy Perry, Camilla Belle, Chloe Grace-Moretz, Zendaya and Demi Lovato all took part in some type of social media siding with Kim Kardashian.
Meanwhile, it’s been rumoured Taylor is ready to press charges against the Wests, as the video footage was recorded and released without her consent. Depending on which state the video conversation took place in, Taylor may have legal grounds to sue. However, based on Kim Kardashian’s vast media experience it would seem unlikely for her not to have already explored the consequences of releasing such a video. This wasn’t an impulsive action based on passion. This was a preemptive and calculated move not only in defence of her husband’s integrity but one that incorporated the promotion of her TV show and increasing her Snapchat following. Regardless of fairness and whose side you’re on, you can’t deny that Kim may have just played this Hollywood game perfectly. Checkmate.