An Update on the Taylor Swift and Kanye West Feud

Taylor Swift and Kanye West have not been on good terms since the speech interruption incident at the 2009 Video Music Awards. After hashing that incident out, another issue sparked in the Spring of 2016 when Kanye released his song “Famous” from his album The Life of Pablo. In the song, Kanye raps, “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex, I made that b*tch famous.”

Shortly after, Taylor Swift came out to say that she never approved of the line and the use of such a misogynistic term. Kanye and his wife, Kim Kardashian, released an edited version of their phone call which painted Swift in a negative light. Many people believed the phone call and deemed Swift liar. In a statement released on Twitter, she said, “Being falsely painted as a liar when I was never given the full story or played any part of the song is character assassination. I would very much like to be excluded from this narrative, one that I have never asked to be a part of, since 2009.”

Most will remember this incident, as it launched Taylor Swift’s time out of the public eye when she worked on her album Reputation and maintained a private relationship with boyfriend Joe Alwyn. Being portrayed as a snake in the feud became her new branding for the following album and the accompanying stadium tour.

While many thought that the feud had been put to rest once and for all, the full-length video of the recorded phone call was released. In it, it appears that Kanye never told her about the word he was going to use to describe her and asked permission only for the line “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex.” Swift agreed to one part but was never made aware of the second half of the lyric. As it turns out, the original video was edited to be in Kanye’s favor.

Both parties have responded on social media about the full-length video. Swift posted on her Instagram story, “Instead of answering those who are asking how I feel about the video footage that leaked, proving that I was telling the truth the whole time about *that call* (you know, the one that was illegally recorded, that somebody edited and manipulated in order to frame me and put me, my family, and fans through hell for 4 years)... swipe up to see what really matters.” When followers swiped up, they were provided with links of organizations to donate to alleviate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kim Kardashian responded in a lengthy thread on Twitter, saying, “The lie was never about the word b*tch, it was always whether there was a call or not and the tone of the conversation. I never edited the footage (another lie) - I only posted a few clips on Snapchat to make my point and the full video that recently leaked doesn’t change the narrative.” Taylor Swift’s publicist fired back, saying that it is considered editing when parts are taken out instead of providing the entire truth.

Regardless of the recent points made by Kim Kardashian and Taylor Swift, many fans have felt tired and bored with this reoccurring argument. From this new evidence, it is possible that the feud will be laid to rest once and for all.

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