The New Paper
19 July 2016
Did you hear that?
That's the sound of Taylor Swift's pedestal crumbling beneath her feet after a massive social media explosion.
And who better to light that fuse than US reality TV star Kim Kardashian West?
The eruption in the virtual world occurred yesterday when Mrs West took to Snapchat to post incriminating video evidence of a phone call between her husband, US rapper Kanye West, and the 26-year-old Bad Blood singer - the start of what would later be labelled by netizens as the #TaylorSwiftOverParty.
In a series of video snippets filmed by the missus, West, 39, is seen asking Swift (who was put on loudspeaker) about lines from his single, Famous - the 2016 track that started the beef between the two earlier this year.
It was all "he said-she said" by both parties until yesterday.
Let's wind the clock back a few months, shall we?
Remember when Taytay's publicists said that "Kanye did not call for approval, but asked Swift to release his single Famous on her Twitter account"?
The video proved that statement was a load of rubbish.
In the video, West is seen asking her about the song lyrics, specifically about the line, "I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex".
Her reaction? "....it's like a compliment, kind of".
She continued: "Yeah, I mean, what's dope about the line is it's very tongue-in-cheek either way. And I really appreciate you telling me about it, that's really nice." (See excerpts of exchange in report on right.)
Talk about being two-faced.
So, Swift publicly called the song misogynistic but privately told West that the line was a compliment?
And, at which point did she actually caution him about the "strong misogynistic message" because none of what was heard during the phone call sounded like caution to me.
Also, in what world is the line "me and Taylor might still have sex" any less derogatory than calling her a "b****" in the next line?
Let's face it, Swift has a knack for victimising herself. And it's no surprise that she tried to pull that stunt again yesterday.
Responding to the whole revelation, Swift later said in a post: "Of course I wanted to like the song. I wanted us to have a friendly relationship. He promised to play the song for me, but he never did."
Please pass me the tissues. I mean, how could he not play the song for her first?
She continued: "While I wanted to be supportive of Kanye on the phone call, you cannot 'approve' a song you haven't heard. Being falsely painted as a liar when I was never given the full story or played any part of the song is character assassination."
Gosh. I mean, how could they? That's just not fair!
Okay, I'm done with my #teamtaylor skit now.
Just stop playing victim, Swift.
Just last week, you tried to bully your ex-boyfriend too.
Harris took to Twitter his annoyance last week after Swift's team tried to make it look like she was the brains behind his hit single This is What You Came For.
Harris confirmed she wrote the track, but shot back on Twitter that he "wrote the music, produced the song, arranged it and cut the vocals".
The ex added: "Hurtful to me at this point that her and her team would go so far out of their way to try and make ME look bad at this stage though."
Seems like America's Sweetheart has been busy making enemies left, right and centre.
But from this day forth, I think it's safe to say that not many are going to fall for that trick any more.
And netizens, after the latest expose, have found a befitting emoji - the green snake - for the I Knew You Were Trouble singer.
Well, at least the world, including Kim Kardashian, spared a thought for yesterday's National Snake Day.
"They have holidays for everybody, I mean everything these days!" Kim said in a tweet.
While I wanted to be supportive of Kanye on the phone call, you cannot 'approve' a song you haven't heard. Being falsely painted as a liar when I was never given the full story or played any part of the song is character assassination.
- Taylor Swift
Kanye West debuts Famous song.
He raps: "I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex. Why? I made that b**** famous."
He later says that he had Swift's blessings for the lyrics: "I called Taylor and had a hour long convo with her about the line and she thought it was funny and gave her blessings."
Swift's team denies the whole thing.
It says in a statement: "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 b**** famous'."
Swift says nothing.
Swift wins Album of the Year for her song 1989 at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards.
During her acceptance speech, she subtly takes a stab at West.
"As the first woman to win Album of the Year at the Grammys twice, I want to say to all the young women out there - there are going to be people along the way who are going to try to undercut your success or take credit for your accomplishments or your fame."
In an interview with GQ magazine, Kim Kardashian West echoes her husband's claim that Swift had given her blessing for the lyrics to Famous.
She says she "had the whole phone conversation in question recorded on camera".
Kardashian posts video snippets on Snapchat, showing friendly discussion between West and Swift over lyrics to Famous.
Swift hears the line "I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex" and tells West to go with what he thinks is best.
She thanked him repeatedly for giving her advance notice.
Excerpts of what Swift and West said in video
Kanye: (rapping the line from Famous) "Too all my Southside n-- that know me best, I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex."
Swift: "…I'm like this close to overexposure."
Kanye: "Oh. Well this one is uh - I think this is a really cool thing to have, uh, definitely."
Swift: "I know. I mean, it's like a compliment kind of." (laughs).
Kanye: "...I want things that make you feel good. I don't want to do rap that makes people feel bad."
Swift: "Um - yeah. I mean, go with whatever line you think is better. It's obviously very tongue-in-cheek either way. And I really appreciate you telling me about it, that's really nice."
Kanye: "Oh yeah. I just have a responsibility to you as a friend, you know? And uh, I mean, thanks for being, like, so cool about it."
Swift: "Aw, thanks. Um, yeah, I really appreciate it. Like, the heads up is so nice…like, I never would have expected you to tell me about a line in one of your songs."
Kanye: "Relationships are more important than punchlines, you know?"
Swift: "Yeah. I mean, I don't think anybody would listen to that and be like, 'Oh that's a real, that's a real diss, like, she must be crying about it..'."
Swift: "And you know, if people ask me about it, I think it would be great for me to be like, 'Look, he called me and told me the line before it came out. Like, joke's on you guys, we're fine.'"