Winner and loser of the week in pop culture ft. Kanye West and Taylor Swift because of course
We’re doing things a little bit differently this week, presenting our loser first, because it’s all about him, you see.
Kanye West. This was to be the week of Kanye. He was to release his new album, The Life of Pablo, and to debut his latest clothing collection for Adidas, Yeezy Season 3. It was to be glorious. However, it was an offensive mess.
The runway show was fine, bored models aside, but the New York Fashion Week spectacle at Madison Square Garden was more of an album release party. Yeezy played his latest tracks for a packed arena, and that’s when it happened: “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex / I made that b---- famous.”
That line from his song Famous was in reference to Taylor Swift, whom Kanye first disrespected way back in 2009 when he famously stole the mic from the singer as she accepted her award for Best Female Video at the MTV Video Music Awards, saying she didn’t deserve the win.
The misogynistic lyric was not well received and overshadowed the rest of Kanye’s work. Maybe that’s why he ranted on Twitter for the next few days, slamming Swift some more, admitting that he’s $53 million in debt and demanding that Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg give him $1 billion as he is the “greatest artist of all time” and needs the cash because, “Yes I am personally rich and I can buy furs and houses for my family but I need access to more money in order to bring more beautiful ideas to the world.”
Once the tweets stopped, an audio clip surfaced purportedly revealing that West had had a tantrum backstage moments before he was to appear on Saturday Night Live. During the expletive-laden rant, West insulted Swift as well as the sketch show’s crew. He also threatened to leave the studio, forcing SNL boss Lorne Michaels to try to reason with him. When that didn’t work, the only thing that kept him there was his inability to access the freight elevator.
What sent him into a fit of rage? NBC staffers removed his shiny stage flooring because it was causing optical issues on camera. Or maybe a diamond fell off his sneaker or something. Who knows.
Taylor Swift. She did not let Kanye West drag her into a publicity-fueling Twitter feud. She had her reps refute West’s claim that she okayed the offensive lyric and instead waited until she made Grammys history to have her mic-drop moment.
“As the first woman to win Album of the Year at the Grammys twice,” the show’s opener said as she accepted her award for 1989, “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.”
Slow. Clap. For. Taylor.