Taylor Swift Deserves The KimYe Publicity Beatdown

Taylor Swift Deserves The KimYe Publicity Beatdown

The latest development in the beef between Taylor Swift and Kanye West has taken a turn for the nasty, and this time the blonde bombshell deserves all the shade thrown in her direction.

Let me backtrack for a second.

While accepting an award for album of the year at the Grammy Awards in February, Taylor very publicly dissed Kanye for a lyric in his new track “Famous” (“I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex / Why? I made that bitch famous”). All while she was shaming Kanye, she claimed she heard the lyric for the first time when everyone else did — a statement Kim Kardashian West contradicted in a recent GQ magazine interview.

So here’s the deal: Kim backed up her claim that Kanye had called Taylor ahead of the song’s debut and she approved the lyrics in a phone conversation by dropping video footage of the conversation on her Snapchat story last night.

Taylor gives emphatic approval for the lyric: “I mean, it’s like a compliment!”

A particularly damning portion of the conversation (which you can read the full transcript of here) is when she approves of Kanye’s assertion that he made her famous by interrupting her at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2009.

“You know, if people ask me about it, I think it would be great for me to be like: ‘Look, he called me and told me the line before it came out. Joke’s on you guys, we’re fine!’” she said. “You guys want to call this a feud, you want to call this throwing shade? But right after the song comes on, I’m gonna be on a Grammy red carpet and they’re gonna ask me about it and I’m gonna be like, He called me. . . [They] are gonna be like, yeah she does, it made her famous. You know, but it’s more provocative to say like still have sex.”

Her defense, which she posted to Instagram hours later, seems to have some serious holes.

That moment when Kanye West secretly records your phone call, then Kim posts it on the Internet.

A photo posted by Taylor Swift (@taylorswift) on

Like you know, the fact the note seems to have been written in advance — almost like she was waiting for this to happen.

I’ve defended Taylor time and time again — even to the point of sticking up for her suspiciously photogenic romance with Tom Hiddleston, but this time girlfriend has crossed a line.

From the footage Kim posted to her Snapchat story last night, it’s pretty clear Taylor tried (and failed) to throw Kanye under the bus, while trying to pose herself as the good girl.

Taylor needs to stop lying to her fans.

Her fans (myself included) like her because she’s supposed to be like us — a good girl who got bullied in middle school. She arose to fame possessing an authentic quality and for the fact that she’s really, really nice. For Christmas, she mailed gifts to her fans that she wrapped herself (so nice!). But now, Taylor has slipped up and revealed herself to be just as vindictive and mean as the girls who bullied Taylor (and the rest of us) in middle school.

Even if she didn’t technically lie, she’s desperately trying (and failing) to spin a narrative via her Instagram that simply isn’t accurate. Even though Taylor now admits that she DID have a conversation with Kanye in which she approved the lyrics — all except for two words: “that bitch” — that doesn’t account for how syrupy her voice sounded over the phone. She emphatically stated that she loved the lyrics and would publicly stick by Kanye over and over again, then went back on her word in an attempt to put him down.

As someone who has built a name and a fan base by being “nice,” Taylor needs to stop acting like Regina George. Taylor needs to reconcile the differences between the narrative she’s trying to spin and what really happened — even if it means eating some humble pie.

Bre Payton was a staff writer at The Federalist.
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