Last week, when Kanye was on news cycle overdrive, you may remember that the internet took umbrage with some lyrics from his new song “Famous.” Specifically,
I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex / I made that bitch famous.
This was generally seen as a reference to that time Kanye Kanye’d Taylor Swift at the 2009 VMAs. Despite the fact that Swift was already mega famous (um, what did he think she was accepting an award for in the first place?), no matter what he says “bitch” is not an “endearing term,” and even if either of those two things WERE true, saying that bumping her fame gives him an in for sex is a super gross thing to say, let alone put in your song lyrics.
West responded to the world’s criticisms in typical Kanye form: with a buttload of tweets, saying he never dissed Taylor Swift, she “gave her blessings” for the lyric, and it was her idea anyway.
5th thing I’m not even gone take credit for the idea… it’s actually something Taylor came up with …— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 12, 2016
She was having dinner with one of our friends who’s name I will keep out of this and she told him— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 12, 2016
I can’t be mad at Kanye because he made me famous! #FACTS— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 12, 2016
There you go! #FACTS! If it’s in an all-caps hashtag, it has to be true, right? Except Swift’s publicist called bullshit on all of that.
“Kanye did not call for approval but to ask Taylor to release his single ‘Famous’ on her Twitter account,” her spokesman said of the track. “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.’”
Still, through all of this, Taylor stayed quiet. Because from the look of it, she was saving her response for the perfect moment: on stage, once again accepting the Grammy for Album of the Year. Again. Without mentioning any names, we all know who this is directed at, right?
Taylor Swift accepts the 2016 Grammy for Album of the Year and has some choice words for Kanye.https://t.co/5sQtUpeaEF— BuzzFeed (@BuzzFeed) February 16, 2016
As the first woman to win Album of the Year at the Grammys twice, I want to say to all the young women out there, there are going to be people along the way who will try to undercut your success or take credit for your accomplishments or your fame, but, if you just focus on the work and you don’t let those people sidetrack you, someday when you get where you’re going you’ll look around and you will know that it was you and the people who love you who put you there. And that will be the greatest feeling in the world.
That’s a pretty fantastic verbal middle finger.
Oh, and she did all this in some spot-on 10 Things I Hate About You cosplay.