The beef between Kanye West and Taylor Swift dates all the way back to Kanye’s first awards show gaffe in 2009. Ever since then, it seems that the musicians are constantly flip-flopping on how they feel about each other. One day they’re friends, and the next day they’re mortal enemies (I refuse to make a “Bad Blood” pun, so stop waiting for it).
When Kanye released his song entitled “Famous,” which refers to Taylor by name, muses about having sex with her, and takes responsibility for her fame, Taylor’s public response was livid. However, both Kanye and his wife, Kim Kardashian, insisted that Taylor gave Kanye permission to use those lyrics in the song. Taylor’s team denied these allegations.
But now, the feud between Kimye and Taylor has just gone nuclear — and it looks like Taylor’s reputation may have been the only casualty.
Kim made various foreboding promises last week, saying that she would speak her mind about the whole Kanye/Taylor debacle during Sunday night’s episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians. And while there was definitely some discussion of Taylor’s alleged hypocrisy during the episode …
… it was the ensuing social media shitstorm that officially stirred the Internet into a frenzy.
Kim, like any good Kardashian, knew to wait until she had everyone’s attention before unleashing the exposé of the year: she Snapchatted the exclusive video of the phone call between Taylor and Kanye, where Kanye actually asked Taylor’s permission to mention her in “Famous.”
GUYS. SHE SNAPCHATTED THE PHONE CONVERSATION THAT EVERYONE HAS BEEN ARGUING ABOUT FOR MONTHS.
During the phone call, Taylor tells Kanye “Um, yeah. I mean, go with whatever line you think is better. It’s obviously very tongue in cheek either way. And I really appreciate you telling me about it, that’s really nice!” (You can read the full transcript of the phone conversation here.)
GEE, TAYLOR, DOESN’T SOUND LIKE YOU’RE TOO TERRIBLY PISSED ABOUT IT.
Kim also sent out a not-so-subtle subtweet to drive her point home.
Basically: Kim posted a video which appears to paint Taylor as a hypocrite, then called her a snake and sent her an army of emoji snakes. (It should be noted that people started to send snake emojis to Taylor’s social media accounts after her dispute with Calvin Harris.)
It’s been a whirlwind, fam.
Taylor naturally responded to the frenzy with a sternly-worded statement, courtesy of her Notes app. In the statement, Taylor said Kanye never played the song for her, and that she could not “approve” a song without hearing it.
The only catch is that, according to Select/All, Taylor’s Notes app screenshot reveals that Taylor must have “searched” through her phone’s notes in order to find this statement — and why would she need to search through her phone to find a statement that she had supposedly just written?
Perhaps because this statement was super old?
Taylor’s friend and #squad member Selena Gomez subtly attempted to support her pal by telling Twitter that everyone needed to focus on more important matters. Naturally, the Internet did not take too kindly to this suggestion.
Selena proceeded to clap back with her own retort …
… before promptly deleting the whole Tweet exchange. (Homegirl clearly forgot that screenshots exist.)
Meanwhile, the people of the Internet are having a total field day, relishing in Kim’s and Taylor’s mutual Mean Girl pettiness. It’s basically the fairytale (read: teen movie) ending we were all hoping for!
Now, I know people are taking sides here, but let’s be honest: regardless of how this pans out, Kim Kardashian is the real winner here. She sat on this video FOREVER so she could publish it at the perfect moment, and she somehow managed to use it to promote her crappy reality series while simultaneously defending her husband.
I mean, honestly, who would have suspected that Kim K was capable of such a diabolical move? Taylor may be one kind of snake, but it certainly takes a serpent to know a serpent.
I never thought I’d say this, but … Kim Kardashian may just know exactly what the fuck she’s doing.
And don’t worry, Taylor — Tom Hiddleston will be there to comfort you and your hundreds of millions of dollars.