We’ve all heard of the Kanye West/Kim Kardashian/Taylor Swift fiasco that actually broke the Internet…what’s that you say? The Internet is still on…ok nevermind. If you are unfamiliar with the drama, it’s a classic case of he said/she said/he said/she said/ she said again/ she #2 said.
On his new album, Kanye wrote a song called Famous. In the song he states, “I feel like me and Taylor [Swift] might still have sex/ why? / I made that bitch famous.” Soon after the album release, Kanye was met with a lot of backlash for the song. He took to Twitter to clear his name claiming that Taylor gave him permission to say the lyric. Taylor’s reps deny Kanye’s claims. They insisted that Taylor never consented to the lyrics, Kanye never called, sent no telegram, no message in a bottle, not even an owl. Soon after, Taylor made a Grammy speech saying that some people will “take credit for your accomplishments or your fame,” a not so subtle jab at Kanye.
This week, Kim Kardashian released a video in which Swift (on a phone call) knowingly consents to the lyrics in Famous. The video proves what we’ve known all along…Taylor Swift is shady. However, she targeted the wrong person this time. Kanye West is married to a woman that films her life 25/8 hours of the week (no that wasn’t a typo). Kim Kardashian probably has eyewitness footage of Jesus’ crucifixion.
Shortly after the release of the incriminating footage, Taylor Swift perused through her iPhone notes to find the media statement carefully crafted for her months ago. She posted the message on Instagram captioned “that moment when Kanye secretly records your phone call, then Kim posts it on the Internet.” In her statement, Swift claims that she never contented to being called “that bitch” and that calling her a liar for lying is “character assassination.”
So what happens now? Well Taylor is no stranger to lawsuits so she’ll probably take Kim and Kanye. California is a two-party consent state, meaning that both parties must give their consent to be being videotaped. We’re not entirely sure why Taylor Swift, a celebrity, thought she had a reasonably expectation of privacy when everyday citizens cannot expect the same from their government. We’re under surveillance all the time. The guys down at the NSA were snickering about this tidbit long before the public. Yes Taylor it sucks when your privacy is violated. Despite what many may believe, we all have something to hide. When it’s not government surveillance, it’s big corporations that want to collect our data for profit. It is not okay for every app to track and sell our content/information.
We wanted to believe those anonymous apps that claimed that they would protect our data but insist on asking for our phone numbers and email addresses in order to post. We care about your privacy and we would very much like to be excluded from this narrative, one that we never asked to be apart of, since 2014.