When West’s wife Kim Kardashian posted a series of Snapchat videos capturing a recorded conversation between Swift and West about his controversial song "Famous," it spawned more questions than any piece of video this side of the finale.
Is there any part of the conversation between Swift and West we’re not seeing?
When the song was officially released in mid-February, the line above ended with the phrase, "I made that bitch famous." A representative for Swift released a statement claiming she had no idea about the "bitch" portion of the lyrics, and that she’d "cautioned him against releasing a song with such a strong misogynistic message." West denied Swift’s contention that she was entirely unaware.
When Swift appeared on stage at the Grammys a few days later, she condemned "people along the way who will try to undercut your success or take credit for your accomplishments or your fame," a jab widely interpreted as referencing West.
How could three people and their massive teams possibly keep all of those discrete items in sync and under wraps?
With that said, this is a feud that’s dependent on how you evaluate the "authenticity" and media savvy of its participants.
How much did she know about the song before it was released? Is this all just a sham designed to boost ratings, Snapchat follower counts, and album sales?
Here’s what we know for sure: West called Swift to earn her consent regarding the line "For all my Southside niggas that know me best / I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex," consent she gave in the taped conversation Kardashian posted on Snapchat.
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