Kanye West’s The Life of Pablo, which premiered last night at a listening party in New York, isn’t officially out yet, but it’s already causing controversy.
Specifically, one line from “Famous”: “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex, I made that bitch famous.” The Taylor in question is Taylor Swift, who “cautioned” West not to release the track for its “strong misogynistic message.” He reached out to her, but only to see if she’d premiere the song on her Twitter account. Last night, Swift released a statement.
Kanye did not call for approval, but to ask Taylor to release his single “Famous” on her Twitter account. She declined and cautioned him about releasing a song with such a strong misogynistic message. Taylor was never made aware of the actual lyric, “I made that bitch famous.” (Via)
Kanye, I’m really happy for you, I’mma let you finish, but Taylor Swift’s lowest-selling album has sold more copies than your highest-selling album, and it’s not even close (five million for Speak Now; four million for The College Dropout). So, no, you didn’t make her famous, and according to model/actress Ruby Rose, you’ve now crossed “too many lines.”
Swift has otherwise remained quiet about the lyric, although her brother, Austin, filmed himself throwing a pair of Yeezy sneakers into the trash. Something tells me a lot of people are going to do the same with The Life of Pablo and its increasingly tired rollout. To paraphrase the Modern Lovers, Pablo Picasso was never called an asshole, but Kanye West was.