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Taylor Swift's Netflix Doc Will Address the KimYe Feud

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By Alyssa McCraw

...Are you ready for it?

The ongoing Kanye-turned-KimYe/Swift feud is nothing that needs much rehashing. Everyone knows it started at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, and most everyone knows its most recent developments came with Kanye's 2016 song "Famous." Since there's been no real resolution, we can hope that this cold war is over...but is it?

A new interview with Variety, aptly titled "Taylor Swift: No Longer 'Polite at All Costs'" covers a myriad of subjects - specifically, her upcoming Netflix documentary.

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Just as the interview gets going by covering Swift's recent political activism and related endeavors, they move into the aforementioned inevitable topic. While Swift denied giving Kanye her approval over the final version of "Famous" (because he didn't play her the final version), Kim Kardashian took it upon herself to release a video of a private phone call between the two artists - and the results were a disaster.

The focus then shifted to the documentary itself. "West’s is not a name that ever publicly escapes Swift’s lips," the article continued, "so it might be surprising to fans that these events are recapped in 'Miss Americana.'"

Swift left all major film decisions up to its director, Lana Wilson, who commented on why it was important to include this touchy subject.

“With the 2009 VMAs, it surprised me that when she talked about how the whole crowd was booing, she thought that they were booing her, and how devastating that was...that was something I hadn’t thought about or heard before, and made it much more relatable and understandable to anyone.”

Taylor also told the magazine that, although the '09 VMAs took a toll on her mental health, she eventually found both Kanye-related incidents very formative.

“As a teenager who had only been in country music, attending my very first pop awards show, [Kanye] stood up and sent me the message: ‘You are not respected here. You shouldn’t be here on this stage.’ That message was received, and it burrowed into my psyche more than anyone knew."

She also addressed a relatable struggle with people-pleasing when you're also "someone who’s always been respectful of authority figures, doing what you were supposed to do, being polite at all costs. I still think it’s important to be polite, but not at all costs." Swift said that she found this theme emerging from the film unintentionally.

Although the purpose of the article was to promote her highly anticipated documentary, arguably the biggest takeaway came from Swift's revealing of her mother's brain tumor that was found as a result of ongoing cancer treatments. Despite the odds, Swift's spirits remain level as her film prepares for its debut as the opening to Sundance Film Festival on Wednesday, January 23rd.

'Taylor Swift: Miss Americana' hits Netflix on January 31st

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