UPDATE: Kanye West insists he “did not diss Taylor Swift,” and claims he had her blessing. More here.
EARLIER: Taylor Swift would prefer not to let Kanye West finish this one.
West’s new track “Famous,” which debuted with his entire The Life of Pablo album at the Yeezy Season 3 fashion show at New York’s Madison Square Garden on Thursday, includes the lyrics, “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex / Why? I made that bitch famous.”
Now, Swift is speaking up, asserting that she objects to the song’s “strong misogynistic message” — and told Kanye so — but was never told about the line, “I made that bitch famous.”
According to a message supplied to EW from Swift’s rep, “Kanye did not call for approval, but to ask Taylor to release his single ‘Famous’ on her Twitter account. She declined and cautioned him about releasing a song with such a strong misogynistic message. Taylor was never made aware of the actual lyric, ‘I made that bitch famous.’”
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Swift’s brother Austin has already made his displeasure known: After the album’s debut, he posted an Instagram video in which he tossed his Yeezy sneakers in the trash, captioned, “Getting a head start on some spring cleaning. Here we go again.“