After a weekend of silence, Taylor Swift finally responded to the Friday night leak of an expanded version of the infamous 2016 phone call between her and Kanye West. In another twist, she used the focus to promote fundraising efforts to help with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
An extended version of the infamous phone call between the two artists leaked online Friday. During the conversation, West Swift, who interrupted her acceptance speech at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, asked if he would like to release his song “Famous” on her Twitter account.
“So my next single, I wanted you to tweet him … that’s why I’m calling you. I wanted you to release the song,” said West. He added that there is a “very controversial line” about Swift.
A nervous-sounding Swift asked West if the lyrics about her would be “mean.” West said that his wife, Kim Kardashian West, initially thought the text was “crazy”, but later changed her mind and loved it.
“So it says, ‘To all my Southside n – who know me best / I feel like Taylor Swift owes me sex,’ said West.
“That’s not mean,” Swift replied.
But that is not the text that made the final version of the song.
The lyrics that made the last version of the song are: ‘For all my Southside n – who know me best / I feel like me and Taylor are still having sex / why? I made that bitch famous. ‘
During the phone call, West asked Swift what she thought of him, including the line “I made her famous,” but he never mentioned the word “bitch.”
After the song was released in February 2016, Swift made a statement criticizing the misogynistic language, saying she had never been told she would be called a bitch.
Kardashian West quickly posted an edited video online, slapped Swift in interviews, and even claimed the star herself came up with the lyrics.
“She absolutely knew it was coming true. Suddenly she wanted to pretend she didn’t. I swear, my husband gets so much shit for things (when) he really did the right protocol and even called to get it approved, “she told GQ.
Swift dismissed these claims and said in a subsequent statement after the video’s release, “Where’s Kanye’s video telling me he would call me ‘that bitch’ in his song? It does not exist because it never happened. You are not in control of someone’s emotional response if you are called “that bitch” for the whole world. “
Critics accused her of lying to portray herself as a victim, and the response was so severe that Swift was in the spotlight for nearly a year, NBC News reports.
“I just wanted to disappear,” Swift said of the incident in her Netflix documentary, “Miss Americana.”
On Monday, the 30-year-old star commented on the newly leaked video to her Instagram stories:
“Instead of answering those who ask me how I feel about leaked video footage, it proves that I’m telling the truth about * that call * all the time (you know, the one who was illegally recorded, who edited and manipulated me to trick in and help me, my family and fans through hell for 4 years), “Swift wrote.” Swipe up to see what really matters. “
By swiping over the story, viewers are directed towards it a donation page to Feeding America. Swift encouraged fans to take the World Health Organization during “this crisis” if they have the resources.
The new video that leaked on Friday has called for an apology. The hashtags #KanyeWestIsOverParty and #TaylorToldTheTruth started trending on Twitter, with many going to the social media site to comment on the topic.
“#KanyeWestIsOverParty Taylor Swift tells the truth from the start and you didn’t want to believe her”, one fan wrote. “Imagine who looks like the clown now #TaylorToldTheTruth.”
Doha Madani contributed.