It was retweeted thousands of times, and those who heeded her call were greeted on Snapchat with footage that has, for want of a less cringe-worthy term, broken the Internet. In the undated video, we see her husband Kanye West apparently on a speakerphone call with Taylor Swift, informing her that he was referencing her in his song, Famous.
The lyric in question: “For all my Southside n***** that know me best / I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex / Why? I made that b**** famous.”
The clips starts with Kanye confirming the singer’s Nashville phone number before he reads her the lyrics ‘I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex’.
In the next clip, the 39-year-old is heard telling Taylor: ‘I think this is a really cool thing to have.’
Taylor then responds, ‘I know, I mean it’s like a compliment.’
‘What I give a f**k about is you as a person and as a friend. I want things that make you feel good. I don’t want to do rap that makes people feel bad,’ Kanye says.
The songstress then says, ‘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.’
‘I just have a responsibility to you as a friend. Thanks for being so cool about it,’ the rapper responds.
Taylor then gushes: ‘I really appreciate it. The heads up is so nice…I never would have expected you to tell me about a line in a lyric. And the flowers that you sent me, I Instagrammed a picture of them and it’s the most Instagram likes I’ve ever gotten.’
‘Relationships are more important than punchlines, you know,’ Kanye says.
Taylor then adds, ‘Yeah, I mean, I don’t think anybody would listen to that and be like, “Oh that’s a real bit. She must be crying.”‘
Indeed the videos do not appear to show Kanye asking Taylor about the lyrics ‘I made that b***h famous,’ which reportedly infuriated her when the song was released earlier this year.
The call is available in its entirety HERE.
The years-long feud between the Wests and Swift has been one of the great culture dramas of our age. This particular instance may be damning for Swift, however, who (as the Daily Beast observes) has previously cast herself as the victim in this epic. In February, the Guardian reports, her representative claimed that “Kanye did not call for approval” about the track, and that Swift was “never made aware of the actual lyric ‘I made that b**** famous.’”
After Kardashian West posted the video, Swift was, er, swift to speak out. “Where is the video of Kanye telling me he was going to call me ‘that b****’ in his song?” she wrote in a statement she shared on Twitter. “It doesn’t exist because it never happened. You don’t get to control someone’s emotional response to being called ‘that b****’ in front of the entire world.”
She goes on to say she has been “falsely painted as a liar,” describing the matter as “character assassination.”
She further said: ‘Of course I wanted to like the song. I wanted us to have a friendly relationship. He promised to play the song for me, but he never did.
‘While I wanted to be supportive of Kanye on the phone call, you cannot ‘approve’ a song you haven’t heard. Being falsely painted as a liar when I was never given the full story or played any part of the song is character assassination.
At the time of press however, the court of popular opinion seemed to be ruling in the Wests’ favor as Twitter erupted. The hashtag #KimExposedTaylorParty was trending on Twitter into the early hours of Monday morning; click it and find a litany of tweets cheering Kardashian West.
“There are more important things to talk about…” the Kill Em With Kindness singer tweeted. “Why can’t people use their voice for something that f–king matters?”
Then she followed it up with two more tweets. “Truth is last thing we need right now is hate, in any form,” Gomez, 23, wrote, before adding, “This industry is so disappointing yet the most influential smh.”
Katy Perry — who has had her own issues with the Bad Blood singer and chimed in last week about Swift’s ongoing drama with ex Calvin Harris — posted a tweet referencing her new single, “Rise,” that also seemed to be a comment about the Kimye controversy. “#RISE above it all,” she wrote, with a link to her song.
Zendaya, who was briefly a member of Swift’s squad, indirectly addressed the controversy. While not posting her own message, The Shade Room pointed out that the 19-year-old liked two Tweets before unliking them. The first message featured two pics of the former Disney Channel star with Swift and her pals and the caption, “My girl zendaya knew better.” In the second tweet a commenter wrote, “I’m glad zendaya was never really down with that whole Taylor squad s–t.”
Demi Lovato, who has a tumultuous history with Swift, expressed her opinion by liking a tweet that proclaimed, “I love Kim Kardashian.”
The Swift/Kimye drama also played out on Sunday night’s episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians, and Khloé Kardashian defended her big sis in a series of tweets, writing, “Kim is a savage! Don’t f–k with her man hunni #KUWTK.”
Kourtney Kardashian praised Khloé for defending their sibling, writing, “If I ever need a hype man I know @khloekardashian has my back.”
But things got even more heated after Chloë Grace Moretz, who previously had a run-in with Kim, offered up her opinion. “Stop wasting your voice on something so petulant and unimportant,” she wrote. “Everyone in this industry needs to get their heads out of a hole and look around to realize what’s ACTUALLY happening in the REAL world.”
Khloe replied by posting an explicit pic of a woman in a bikini, who looked like Moretz, with her butt exposed. “Is this the a hole you’re referring to @ChloeGMoretz ???” Khloé, 32, wrote.
“@khloekardashian fact check: first photo is me filming my movie Neighbours 2, the second photo is some girl who was wrongfully photographed,” Moretz replied.
“Nobody likes being bullied or made to feel worthless.. Yet so many people will go above and beyond to make others feel that way,” added the Orange Is the New Black star, who spent the July 4 weekend partying with Swift and her new boyfriend, Tom Hiddleston.
“The Internet has the ability to bring us together, change the world and how we think and treat one another,” Rose, 30, later wrote in an Instagram post. “But it’s sadly more often used to bring people down…with everything going on in the world.. Maybe we need to adjust our priorities.”
Kim’s Snapchats came shortly after she tweeted a thinly veiled message about Taylor.
Taylor been on the receiving end of backlash on social media this week after comments made by her ex Calvin Harris accusing her of trying to ‘bury him like she did Katy’ in reference to her former friend Katy Perry.