Those closest to Swift have already shared their thoughts on West’s new track (hint: they don’t like it), in which he raps “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex / Why? I made that bitch famous.”
Now Swift has hit back at West, claiming she cautioned him about “releasing a song with such a strong misogynistic message” and that she was never told about the contentious lyric, “I made that bitch famous.”
A message supplied to Billboard by Swift’s rep reads: “Kanye did not call for approval, but to ask Taylor to release his single ‘Famous’ on her Twitter account. 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.’”
West debuted the track with his entire The Life of Pablo album at the Yeezy Season 3 fashion show at New York’s Madison Square Garden Thursday (Feb. 11). Model Gigi Hadid and Swift’s younger brother Austin were among the first to vent their disapproval of the lyrics to “Famous”.
It’s not the first time West has embarrassed Swift on a grand scale. He bum-rushed the stage at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards while Swift accepted the award for Best Female Video, an incident which led President Obama to chastise West as “a jackass”, albeit a “talented” one.