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Taylor Swift’s Vindication, Swifties Cancel Kimye

Flashback, 2016: Kanye West releases the single & music video for the song Famous. The video contained a myriad of celebs—including Donald Trump, Amber Rose, Ray J, and Taylor Swift—depicted by nude wax figures in bed with West. Included in the song were the controversial lyrics:


For all my Southside n*ggas that know me best
I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex
Why? I made that b*tch famous”


The lyric referenced the now-infamous moment in MTV’s Video Music Awards history where, in 2009, Kanye stormed the stage as then 19-year-old Swift was accepting her first VMA for Best Female Artist.  The incident sparked an uproar in the music community and people from all walks of life talking about it.



That said, prior to the VMA incident, Swift had already sold 7 million copies of her album, Fearless.  The bottom line: West did not make Swift famous. Swift indirectly referenced this fact and West’s lyric in her 2016 Grammy acceptance speech (Taylor’s album, 1989, won album of the year) where she stated that women should be on the lookout for people who will take credit for their accomplishments.


Responding through her publicist, Swift also condemned the use of her nude image in the video and the misogynistic lyrics.  West’s team responded that Swift knew about the lyric beforehand and gave her permission for West to use it, all of which Swift and her team denied. West and co were painting a narrative in which Swift was twisting reality around to make herself the victim, something she had been repeatedly accused of by other artists including Katy Perry and her former boyfriend DJ Calvin Harris. This narrative was seemingly justified when Kim K released a Snapchat video of Kanye West on the phone with Taylor Swift. In the video clips, West tells Swift about the lyric he was then workshopping and Swift responds by thanking West for letting her know about it. Swift went on to encourage West to use whatever version of the lyric that he wanted to use.



 Kardashian went on to tweet that it was National Snake Day, referencing the outing of Swift as a snake in the grass. Kimye fans and other critics of Taylor Swift then flooded social media with snake emojis attacking Taylor Swift.



Swift again defending herself, responded by explaining West never told her he’d be calling her a b*tch or taking credit for “making her famous” and that he promised to play the song for her and never did.

The internet didn’t buy it.  Swift would continue to defend herself over the next few years leading up to her 2018 album, Reputation, but says that the experience made her depressed. In a 2019 interview, she stated that she was on the brink of having a breakdown over the constant attacks on her character and the damage to her reputation.

Fast forward to March 20th, 2020. The full unedited version of the video leaked revealing West never told Swift about the B*tch lyric nor the fact that he insinuated that he is responsible for her fame.



Swifties immediately took to social media to call out Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, prompting the trending hashtags #KanyeWestIsOverParty, #KimKardashianisoverparty, and #TaylorToldTheTruth.

On Monday, Swift posted her response to the issue on via Instagram, where she posted two IG stories, the first addressing the controversy and the second asking people to instead focus on something that really matters, raising money for world hunger.



In response, Kim K. took to Twitter to blast Swift about her “lies” in a series of tweets.



Today, Swift’s publicist, Tree Paine,  responded to Kim K’s tweets reposting her original response to the 2016 controversy and asking who Kimye pissed off to have the unedited video leaked.


It’s unclear who leaked the unedited clip. Given season 18 of Keeping up with the Kardashians is set to release March 26th, I wouldn’t be surprised if it was Kimye’s team that leaked the video to drum up publicity.

Taylor Swift’s Vindication, Swifties Cancel Kimye

Quay Bowen

Ex Foster youth and homeless Y2K street teen turned neurotic neuroscience graduate with a lot to say about all those experiences. Mother, WOC, Emory Grad, Charlie Day fan. Vocal advocate for foster & homeless kids, children, women, and the historically disenfranchised. Lover of film and television and an avid proponent in the use of media as a platform for social change. Burrito Connoisseur.

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Bowen, Q. (2020). Taylor Swift’s Vindication, Swifties Cancel Kimye. Psych Central. Retrieved on June 5, 2020, from


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