When it comes to celebrity feuds, Kanye West and Taylor Swift may be the first names that pop into many heads. Kanye drew plenty of negative attention for his shocking interruption of Taylor Swifts 2009 MTV Music Awards acceptance speech. After the outcry against Kanye, he and his wife Kim Kardashian attempted to spin the narrative against Taylor Swift painting her as a liar and worse. Recently released audio of a famous phone call has proven that Kanye and his wife lied.
Kanye’s infamous feud with Taylor Swift began in 2009 when the rapper shocked the world with an on-air gaffe. Taylor Swift had just won “Female Video Of The Year” which was a controversial choice. Many felt Beyonce deserved the award. While young Taylor attempted to give her acceptance speech Kanye lept on stage, took the microphone and uttered his now infamous words “Imma let you finish…” before going on to announce that Beyonce made one of the greatest videos of all time.
Kanye is above all else, a savvy businessman. He cashed in on the buzz surrounding his controversial interruption with some insulting lyrics in his song “Famous”. On the track, Kanye says: “I made that b**ch famous.” taking credit for her career and insulting her in one breath. The lyrics caused backlash from Taylor’s fans who already felt Kanye had gone too far at the MTV Music Awards. The lyrics felt too aggressive against the victim of Kanye’s impulsive and rude act.
Kanye West and his wife Kim Kardashian West have both adamantly denied that Kanye did anything wrong or disrespectful when he released “Famous”. The couple claimed that Kanye called Taylor and discussed the lyrics with her before the track was released and that she approved their use. Taylor always maintained that she had no idea Kanye would be calling her a derogatory name in the song. Kim and Kanye attacked Taylor and released clips of a phone call with her.
Kim Kardashian West was particularly adamant in her defense of her husband. After she released clips of the phone call between Kanye and Taylor many fans took to social media to support Kim and Kanye in the feud. Taylor experienced a lot of bullying and trolling as a result of the feud. She was so deeply vilified that she took a break from online life. This was a turning point in Taylor’s career that she spoke of as removing her naivety.
Recently the full audio of the phone call between Taylor Swift and Kanye West has been released. This unedited audio file proves beyond any shadow of a doubt that Taylor’s recollection of events is accurate. At no point in her conversation with West does Taylor approve or even hear of the use of the derogatory term. Now that the truth is publically available hopefully public opinion of the feud will shift. Taylor was in the right from the very beginning.