If you’re not an avid stalker of all things social media, pop culture and interwebs-related, you might be unaware of the carnage which took place this past weekend. See a brief timeline of key events in this saga below.
Feb. 14 2016
Kanye West releases his much anticipated seventh album “The Life of Pablo”, fondly known to fans like myself as TLOP or Greatness. The album contained the controversial track “Famous”, in which Kanye’s rap opens with the line “To all the Southside niggas who know me best/ I feel like me and Taylor could still have sex/ Why? I made that bitch faaaaaamous…”.
Feb. 15 2016
Taylor Swift drops some HEAVY shade during her acceptance speech at the Grammys after winning album of the year. I quote:
“And as the first woman to win Album of the Year at the Grammys twice, I want to say to the young women out there, there are going to be people along the way who 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 will look around and you will know it was you and the people who love you who put you there, and that will be the greatest feeling in the world.”
Funmi personally side-eyed this waif, for a few reasons.
- This win made Taylor Swift the first ever woman to win Album of the Year twice as the main credited artist. Yup. That lofty honour has gone to the woman who made this.
- They gave her the award over Kendrick Lamar. Kendrick Fucking Lamar.
- Kanye said he got her permission and I believed him. The man is arrogant, narcissistic and possibly on the verge of a nervous breakdown, but Yeezy ain’t never lied.
June 15 2016
Kim Kardashian appears on the cover of GQ magazine’s 10th annual “Love, Sex and Madness” issue, in which she also grants an interview about a wide range of subjects – one of which is the softness of her boobs. Miss Swift also comes up in the discussion. Kim appears frustrated at Taylor’s reaction since, according to her, the 1989 born ex-country singer approved the track. Again, receipts:
“She totally approved that,” Kim says, shaking her head in annoyance. “She totally knew that that was coming out. She wanted to all of a sudden act like she didn’t. I swear, my husband gets so much shit for things [when] he really was doing proper protocol and even called to get it approved.”
The article also showed that GQ reached out to Taylor’s team who sharply retorted:
“Taylor does not hold anything against Kim Kardashian as she recognizes the pressure Kim must be under and that she is only repeating what she has been told by Kanye West. However, that does not change the fact that much of what Kim is saying is incorrect. Kanye West and Taylor only spoke once on the phone while she was on vacation with her family in January of 2016 and they have never spoken since. Taylor has never denied that conversation took place. It was on that phone call that Kanye West also asked her to release the song on her Twitter account, which she declined to do. Kanye West never told Taylor he was going to use the term ‘that bitch’ in referencing her. A song cannot be approved if it was never heard. Kanye West never played the song for Taylor Swift. Taylor heard it for the first time when everyone else did and was humiliated. Kim Kardashian’s claim that Taylor and her team were aware of being recorded is not true, and Taylor cannot understand why Kanye West, and now Kim Kardashian, will not just leave her alone.”
Quite a mouthful, eh? Abi press release-full. Moving on…
17 July 2016
An episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians airs. It focuses on the GQ cover story and the Taylor Swift drama. Kim drops a hint that there’s more to come.
do u guys follow me on snap chat? u really should 😉
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) July 18, 2016
Why does Snapchat matter? Well, Kim dropped a few videos on there showing Kanye in conversation with Taylor (who is on speaker phone). He reads out the song lyric “I know me and Taylor might still have sex” – then that section of the video cuts off. Subsequent videos show a pretty amiable conversation, with Taylor even thanking Kanye for calling to ask for permission before releasing the song.
Video of Kim Kardashian exposing Taylor Swift, Ye told her about the famous line before it came out pic.twitter.com/WGefE5u2Lc
— HIP HOP FACTS (@DailyRapFacts) July 18, 2016
17 July 2016 – Ongoing
Twitter goes apeshit.
That moment when Kanye West secretly records your phone call, then Kim posts it on the Internet. pic.twitter.com/4GJqdyykQu
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) July 18, 2016
Kaa, you write diss ALBUMS about pop girls and your exes, but we’re discussing character assassination? pic.twitter.com/bf158eG9Cb
— Saint Pest (@KidFury) July 18, 2016
“…the race is not given to the Swift..” – Ecclesiastes 9:11. That’s Bible. pic.twitter.com/qGeaItWdeh
— Patti LaHelle (@_maleficentt) July 18, 2016
There are more important things to talk about… Why can’t people use their voice for something that fucking matters?
— Selena Gomez (@selenagomez) July 18, 2016
You don’t even use your voice to sing https://t.co/avxGlgkj38
— Lourdes (@gossipgriII) July 18, 2016
— #AbbasSTRONG (@Alyricz) July 18, 2016
Yall PETTY Saying this is Taylor Swift running from her apartment to her lawyers office after exposed by Kim K pic.twitter.com/7Xhi8sSvGF
— SinnamonS ♥ (@SinnamonS) July 18, 2016
— Bitch Problems ♚ (@ItsThingsInLife) July 18, 2016
#KimExposedTaylorParty trends worldwide. #GoToSleepSelena soon follows. Carnage.