Celebrity feuds have been occurring for as long as celebrities have been watched and idolized in the media. The famous conflict currently plaguing the media is between rapper Kanye West and pop star Taylor Swift.
Neither West or Swift are strangers to disagreement, this is evident in the fact that their feud has been present since the fall of 2009.
It began at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, when Swift was on stage accepting the award for “Best Female Video.” Before she got many words out, West appeared on stage. He interrupted her by grabbing the microphone from her and shouting: “Yo, Taylor, I’m really happy for you and I’mma let you finish, but Beyoncé had one of the best videos of all time.” Referring to Beyoncé’s popular “Single Ladies” music video.
The drama of this feud wore off after a few weeks of jokes and memes on social media and in the news. Swift and West have had what some may call an odd, on-again-off-again friendship present in the media that has just recently taken aflame again, after nearly 7 years.
The current drama has stemmed from the release of West’s song “Famous”. In one part of the song, West raps the lyrics, “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex / Why? I made that [expletive] famous.”
Last month, the music video for the song was released, adding more fuel to the celebrity fire. The video depicts West and his social media famous wife, Kim Kardashian lying in bed naked with 12 other assumed celebrities (celebrity look-alikes and wax figures were used in the video). The “celebrity” that can be found lying closest to the couple is Swift.
After the release of the video, Swift claimed that she did not give West permission to mention her in the song, but West claimed the opposite. Next, Kim Kardashian released a secret recording of Swift’s supposed conversation with West, seemingly agreeing to let him use her name in one of his songs.
Swift then spoke out, saying she was never consulted about the fact she was referred to using a derogatory term.
“While I wanted to be supportive of Kanye on the phone call, you cannot ‘approve’ a song you haven’t heard… I would very much like to be excluded from this narrative, one that I have never asked to be a part of, since 2009,” said Swift via an Instagram post from July 18.
Many outside celebrities have also weighed in on the ordeal, including Swift’s close friend, Selena Gomez, who took to Twitter to defend her friend, saying, “Why can’t people use their voice for something that [expletive] matters? Truth is the last thing we need right now is hate, in any form”.
One of Kardashian’s sisters, Khloé, has spoken out defending her sister and brother-in-law, also taking to Twitter, saying, “Kim is a savage! Don’t [expletive] with her man hunni”.
Of all the current celebrity drama, supermodel Martha Hunt, spoke out against the feud on twitter, reminding society of what is really important, “Take interest in the real problems going on. Spread love.”