Everyone knows the Kanye West/Kim K West vs. Taylor Swift is trending on social media, some people joined the battle when it climaxed at the 2016 Grammy Awards. But if you really want to follow this story, you should have a history lesson on how it all started. It began like this:
2009 MTV Video Music Awards Everyone remembers the interruption heard ’round the world, when Kanye West wrested the microphone from the hand of a young Taylor Swift, during her acceptance speech for Best Female Video. Swift had won for “You Belong With Me,” but West contested that victory telling the world, “Yo, Taylor, I’m really happy for you and I’mma let you finish, but Beyoncé had one of the best videos of all time!” Kanye swiftly (ha) apologized, but Taylor never forgot…
2011 Met Gala
After running into each other on the red carpet of the star-studded event, Swift and West are amicable, seeming to have let bygones be bygones.
2013 MTV Video Music Awards
Days before the awards show that started it all, Taylor Swift jokingly posts on Twitter, “Two VMA nominations!! If you vote and get us one, I promise to keep a firmer grip on the mic this time.”
2015 Grammy Awards
Here’s where Kim comes in. The now Mrs. Kim West, Kanye West, Jay Z, and Taylor Swift all pose for a photo together during the awards. Everything seemed very friendly, and Swift and West were even spotted later that month having dinner, just the two of them.
2015 Video Music Awards
After officially becoming BFFs, Taylor Swift presented West with the Video Vanguard Award, and joked about the events of VMAs past. The former foes hugged, and West even sent his pal flowers the next day.
February 2016, Kanye’s The Life of Pablo Drops
After Kanye’s highly anticipated album is released, one of the songs on the album, “Famous” features the line, “I feel like me and Taylor still might have sex / Why? I made that bitch famous.” Swift, as well as a host of others, finds the lyric to be misogynistic, causing Kanye to tweet that he ran the line past Taylor, and she gave her permission. In a statement made to Buzzfeed, Taylor’s people disagree.
2016 Grammy Awards
The Grammys took place not long after Kanye’s tweets, and during her acceptance speech for Album of the Year for 1989, in an obvious nod to Kanye, Swift says, “There are going to be people along the way who try to undercut your success or take credit for your accomplishments or your fame.”
Saturday Night Live
During rehearsal for a February episode of the sketch show, Kanye has a meltdown, and is heard in a leaked audio clip calling Taylor Swift “fake ass.”
Kim’s GQ Interview
Until her June 16 GQ interview, Kim had been silent on the turmoil between her husband and Swift, but no more. The reality star noted that not only did Taylor agree to the now infamous lyric, but that Kim herself had taped the call as evidence. That splashy revelation led Swift’s people to release this statement:
“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.”
Kim also said in her GQ interview, “Kanye has called me a bitch in his songs. That’s just like what they say. I never once think, (gasping) what a derogatory word! How dare he?” “Famous” Video
Adding fuel to the fire, Kanye releases the video for “Famous,” which features several wax models of celebrities, Taylor Swift included, naked in bed with the rapper and his wife.
Keeping Up with the Kardashians Promo
In a clip of an upcoming July 2016 episode of KUWTK, Kim and Kourtney talk about her GQ interview and accuses Taylor of “playing the victim.”
Snake Day Tweet
Then, on a day that will live on in infamy, July 17, 2016, Kim Kardashian tweeted a totally innocuous and not at all pointed message but her followers were quick to point out that it was directed at Taylor.
In a show of sisterly solidarity Kendall Jenner was also seen tweeting a few snake emoji herself, and several managed to find their way to the comment section of Taylor Swift’s Instagram. Kim has also been attacked on her twitter handle for going after Taylor, anyways mixed reactions have been trailing the feud between Kimye and Swift.
In perhaps the pettiest and/or the most baller move of all time, Kim Kardashian West, posts the footage of the previously alleged phone call to her Snapchat account.
Taylor posted her response to the recorded phone call on Instagram and stated “That moment when Kanye West secretly records your phone call, then Kim posts it on the internet.”
It appears a Hollywood blockbuster movie can be shot from the feud between Kanye West, Kim Kardashian West and Taylor Swift.
Now that you have been lectured on the feud, you can pen down a few thoughts or attempt to be the judge.
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