In a moment that might give you flashbacks to the fun celebrity gossip part of 2016, the hashtag #KanyeWestIsOverParty is trending on social media right now. It’s a response to 2016’s notorious #TaylorSwiftIsOverParty hashtag, and it marks the latest chapter in the endless saga of the Taylor Swift vs. Kanye feud.
Because early on Saturday, new footage from the infamous “Famous” phone call between the two stars leaked — and it complicates the original story.
Here’s the background. Back in February 2016, Kanye released a new song, “Famous,” that featured a controversial lyric: “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex. / Why? I made that bitch famous.” He was referencing his scandalous altercation with Taylor in 2009, when Kanye stormed the stage at the MTV VMAs as Taylor accepted an award to announce that it really should have gone to Beyoncé. In 2009, Taylor Swift was already an enormous star, but Kanye was suggesting in “Famous” that it was his doing that Taylor became a household name.
Shortly after the song released, TMZ reported that Kanye had checked with Taylor to make sure she was cool with the lyric before he dropped it, and that she got the joke and gave him her blessing. But Swift, through her publicist Tree Paine, denied it. “Kanye did not call for approval, but to ask Taylor to release his single ‘Famous’ on her Twitter account,” Paine told the New York Times. “She declined and cautioned him about releasing a song with such a strong misogynistic message.” She added, “Taylor was never made aware of the actual lyric, ‘I made that bitch famous.’”