Kanye West Doesn’t Understand Consent, Fame, Or What’s Appropriate (Commentary)
Kanye West doesn’t understand consent, fame or what’s appropriate, especially when it comes to Taylor Swift. West maintains he had Swift’s approval for his song “Famous,” which contains the lyrics, “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex. I made that bitch famous.” But as Gossip Cop reported, her rep told us, while the rapper tried to get her to promote “Famous” on Twitter, “Kanye did not call for approval” of the tune, Swift “cautioned him about releasing a song with such a strong misogynistic message,” and “Taylor was never made aware of the actual lyric, ‘I made that bitch famous.’”
West’s response? “I did not diss Taylor Swift and I’ve never dissed her.” He further said in a yet another Twitter rant that Swift “thought it was funny and gave her blessings,” “bitch is an endearing term,” and Kim Kardashian was “cool” with the lyric about him wanting to “still have sex” with the “Bad Blood” singer.
Of course, West loses all credibility from his very first tweet in which he claims, “I’ve never dissed her.” In case West has forgotten, in 2009, when Swift beat Beyonce for Best Female Video at MTV Video Music Awards, West rushed the stage, grabbed the microphone out of the then-teenaged singer’s hand, and blared, “I’m sorry, but Beyonce had one of the best videos of all time!” If that highly inappropriate behavior was not a “diss,” what is?
And going back to that moment, West did not make Swift “famous,” as he contends in his song, because clearly she had already attained such a level of popularity and recognition that she beat Beyonce for Best Female Video in 2009.
Notwithstanding the truth and logic, which seem to elude West, is the main issue of consent. If Swift’s team says they never gave “approval” to the lyrics in “Famous,” then it doesn’t matter how many tweets West fires off claiming otherwise. No means no. And Swift would have no motivation to give her consent to a “misogynistic message” and then change her mind.
Additionally, while West may think “bitch” is an “endearing term,” Gossip Cop would venture that there are literally millions upon millions of women who, if called that, would not find it so “endearing.” One could imagine how West himself would react to endearingly being called a petulant, little “bitch.”
Lastly, while West claims his wife Kim Kardashian is “cool” with him rapping about wanting to “still have sex” with Swift, again he misses the point of consent. West may want to sleep with Swift and any number of other women, but one cannot have sex unless the other party gives consent, which the “I Knew You Were Trouble” singer most certainly would not.
West can try to obscure the main issues by spouting off about being “an artist,” how music these days is “watered down,” and how amorphous beings want to “control us with money and perception,” but none of it excuses calling a woman a “bitch” or claiming he made an already successful singer “famous.” And ranting unrelated remarks, like “I will express how I feel with no censorship” and “Stop trying to demonize [a] real artist,” does not give West license to say he got approval from Swift for the demeaning lyric when he didn’t.