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The long-standing feud between pop star Taylor Swift and rapper Kanye West has taken a new twist, as the full phone call between them from 2016 has been leaked online. The phone call reveals that West did not tell Swift about the line “I made that bitch famous” in his song “Famous”, which sparked a huge controversy and damaged Swift’s reputation.
Swift has responded to the leak, saying that she feels “vindicated” and that she was “telling the truth the whole time” about the call. She also accused West and his wife Kim Kardashian West of “putting me through hell for 4 years” and “manipulating the public” into thinking that she lied.
Kim Kardashian West, who posted edited snippets of the call on Snapchat in 2016, has accused Swift of “lying” and being “self-serving” for bringing up the issue again. She also claimed that Swift “refused” to resolve the matter privately and that she was “actually lying” about the approval of the song.
The leak has reignited the long-running feud between the two stars, which started in 2009 when West interrupted Swift’s acceptance speech at the MTV Video Music Awards. The feud has been one of the most talked-about and polarizing topics in the music industry, with fans and celebrities taking sides and expressing their opinions on social media.
The History of the Feud
The feud between Taylor Swift and Kanye West dates back to 2009, when West famously interrupted Swift’s acceptance speech for the Best Female Video award at the MTV Video Music Awards. West grabbed the microphone from Swift and declared that Beyoncé had “one of the best videos of all time” for “Single Ladies”. The incident shocked and angered many viewers, celebrities, and fans, who booed West and supported Swift. West later apologized for his behavior, but the damage was done.
The two stars seemed to have buried the hatchet in 2015, when West presented Swift with the Video Vanguard Award at the MTV VMAs. West acknowledged his mistake and praised Swift for her achievements, while Swift accepted his apology and called him her friend. The two even hugged on stage and posed for photos together, signaling a new era of peace and harmony.
However, the peace was short-lived, as West released his song “Famous” in 2016, which included the controversial lyric: “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex / Why? I made that bitch famous”. The song implied that West was responsible for Swift’s fame and success, and that he had a sexual interest in her. West claimed that he had Swift’s approval for the lyric, and that he had a “friendly” phone call with her about it.
Swift denied giving her consent and criticized West for his “misogynistic message” at the Grammy Awards later that year. She said that she wanted to “say to all the young women out there, there are going to be people along the way who will try to undercut your success or take credit for your accomplishments or your fame”. She also urged them to “focus on the work and you don’t let those people sidetrack you”.
Kim Kardashian West, who is married to West, defended her husband and leaked parts of the phone call on Snapchat, sparking a backlash against Swift and a social media war between their fans. The leaked snippets showed that West did tell Swift about the line “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex”, and that Swift seemed to be okay with it. However, the snippets did not show that West told Swift about the line “I made that bitch famous”, which Swift said was the most offensive part.
Swift responded to the leak by posting a statement on Instagram, saying that she was “falsely painted as a liar” and that she was “never made aware of the actual lyric”. She also said that she was “humiliated” by the song and that she wanted to be “excluded from this narrative”.
Swift went into a hiatus after the incident and returned with her album “Reputation” in 2017, which addressed the feud and her reputation in the media. The album included songs such as “Look What You Made Me Do”, “This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things”, and “I Did Something Bad”, which were widely interpreted as digs at West and Kardashian West. The album was a commercial and critical success, and Swift reclaimed her status as one of the biggest pop stars in the world.
The Impact of the Leak
The leak of the full phone call between Taylor Swift and Kanye West has exposed the manipulation and editing of the phone call by Kim Kardashian West, who only released selected parts of the conversation in 2016. The leak has raised questions about the legality and ethics of recording and releasing private conversations, especially without the consent of all parties involved.
According to the law in California, where the phone call took place, it is illegal to record a confidential communication without the consent of all parties. The penalty for violating this law can be up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $2,500. However, the law also states that a communication is not confidential if there is no reasonable expectation of privacy. This means that the legality of the phone call depends on whether Swift and West expected their conversation to be private or not.
Some legal experts have argued that Swift and West did not have a reasonable expectation of privacy, since they were aware that other people, such as West’s producer and Kardashian West, were listening to the call. Others have argued that Swift and West did have a reasonable expectation of privacy, since they did not consent to the recording or the release of the call, and that they discussed personal and sensitive matters.
Regardless of the legal outcome, the leak has also had ethical implications, as it has shown how Kardashian West used her influence and platform to manipulate the public perception of Swift and West. Many fans and celebrities have expressed their outrage and disappointment at Kardashian West’s actions, and have accused her of lying and bullying Swift.
On the other hand, Swift has gained sympathy and support from her fans and some celebrities, who have praised her for standing up for herself and speaking her truth. Many have used the hashtag #TaylorToldTheTruth to show their solidarity with Swift, and have apologized for doubting her in the past. Some have also used the hashtag #KimKardashianIsOverParty to express their disdain for Kardashian West, and have called for her to apologize to Swift.
The leak has added more fuel to the fire of the feud, which has been going on for more than a decade and shows no signs of ending. The two stars have not directly addressed each other since the leak, but have made subtle references to the issue in their social media posts. Swift has shared a link to a charity that helps victims of domestic abuse, while West has posted a picture of a snake, which is a symbol that has been associated with Swift. The fans of both stars have also continued to clash online, with some defending their idols and others criticizing them.