Kanye West was not taking a “shot” at Taylor Swift with the t-shirt he wore on Friday, despite speculation from a number of outlets. According to a source close to the performer, he was actually showing off his love of vintage clothing. Gossip Cop can explain.
A week after Swift released “Look What You Made Me Do,” which is widely believed to be about the rapper and his wife Kim Kardashian, West stepped out wearing a shirt with “She Is Beyond Good And Evil” printed on the back. A number of outlets linked the clothing’s message to his feud with Swift. The generally reliable TMZ, for example, blared in its headline, “Kanye West Takes Shot At Taylor Swift… From Behind.”
“Kanye West let his shirt do the talking Friday and the target was clearly Taylor Swift,” the site declared, writing, “Kanye hit up Nobu in Malibu with some buds, wearing a tee emblazoned with the words, ‘She’s beyond Good and Evil.’ So the question… Who else?” The online publication further said West’s style choice seemed “pretty premeditated.”
But the website apparently jumped to conclusions and assumed the shirt was a Swift diss without bothering to research the origin of the tee or the phrase. “She Is Beyond Good and Evil” is the name of a 1979 song from The Pop Group. The title is also a lyric from the single, which is about having unconditional love for someone and remaining positive through adversity. Far from being a diss song, it’s actually an adoring ode. And on the front of West’s shirt is related art work. TMZ, however, completely failed to mention any of this relevant information, and instead gave an interpretation that was both negative and wrong.
Had the outlet bothered to investigate, it would’ve learned that there there’s no antagonistic meaning to the quote, nor any scandalous reason for wearing it. “It’s just a vintage T-shirt. Kanye likes vintage T-shirts,” a source tells Gossip Cop. And the band’s front man Mark Stewart was so happy to see West wearing it, he tweeted out one of the photos. The Pop Group’s main Twitter account also noted the wardrobe choice, as did their record label. This was an intersection between fashion and music, but one that had nothing to do with Swift.
Gossip Cop believes there to be elements of truth, but the story is ultimately misleading.