Kanye West’s “Famous” video has Chris Brown asking “why?”
As in, “why I gotta have the plumber’s butt?”
Brown is one of several celebrities featured in Kanye West’s “Famous” video, which West unveiled Friday night in Los Angeles. In the video, 11 celebrities, including Chris Brown, are seen lying naked in a huge bed with West and his wife, Kim Kardashian. The celebrities, many of whom are made from wax figures, include Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Amber Rose, Ray J, Donald Trump, Anna Wintour, George W. Bush, Caitlyn Jenner, and Bill Cosby.
“Famous” is from Kanye West’s recent album, The Life of Pablo, which was released in February.
Chris Brown has one heck of a reaction to Kanye West’s “Famous” music video. https://t.co/6fISOadO7Z pic.twitter.com/v7VUStONau
— HollywoodLife (@HollywoodLife) June 25, 2016
West’s newest video is meant to be “a comment on fame,” he said. Each of the celebrities featured has some sort of connection to West, but the video is “not in support or anti any of them,” he told Vanity Fair.
That’s good news for Chris Brown, who simply wants to know why his image looks like a plumber.
The image shared by Brown displays nudity and can’t be shown here, but you can head on over to Chris Brown’s Instagram to check out the caption for yourself.
“Why I gotta have the plumbers butt/ crack showing WAX figure?. This n***a KANYE CRAZY, talented, but crazy,” Brown wrote. Chris Brown’s original post uses emojis to show his true feelings about the depiction.
— XXL Magazine (@XXL) June 25, 2016
In the video, Brown is lying face down on the bed next to ex-girlfriend Rihanna, whom he famously assaulted in 2009. On his other side, Brown is lying next to a naked Taylor Swift.
The video was made in reference to American artist Vincent Desiderio’s realist painting “Sleep.”
Each celebrity depicted in the video provides some type of insight into West’s perception of what being famous means, and the inclusion of many provides a reminder of some of Kanye’s previous controversies. Remember, for example, when West said George W. Bush hates black people, or when he said that Bill Cosby was innocent of sexual assault charges?
The video, which was premiered to 17,000 people at the Los Angeles Forum, has drawn extreme responses across the internet. While some, like Chris Brown, believe the video to be the work of a talented and crazy man, others have called the video for “Famous” a hot mess. Unlike Brown, some aren’t quite so convinced of West’s genius.
— Brian Sporman (@BrianSporman) June 25, 2016
The Internet Had a Lot to Say About Kanye West’s “Famous” Music Video https://t.co/yDzWLcx8cC
— linden (@rape_me_Rihanna) June 25, 2016
The @kanyewest Famous video is profoundly disturbing yet oddly beautiful
— Zoe V (@TheVockinator) June 25, 2016
Still others, such as NME for example, “can’t decide if Kanye West’s NSFW ‘Famous’ video is the best or the worst thing he’s ever done.” The magazine cites Kanye’s reference to the Desiderio work as a genius move, but goes on to write that “really you get the feeling that what Kanye (wants) to do is shock, with his own version of gaudy erotic fan fiction.”
So what, exactly, is the deal with Kanye’s new music video? Does he mean to make running commentary on what it means to be a celebrity? Or does he wish to shock the masses? Needless, to say, the internet at large is confused by ‘Ye’s most recent work.
But Chris Brown? Brown doesn’t seem to be confused. The 27-year-old rapper acknowledges West’s genius, even if he isn’t thrilled with his “plumber’s butt.” Hey, at least Brown is able to laugh about his depiction. It seems unlikely that Taylor Swift will do the same.
What do you think of Kanye West’s “Famous” music video? Were you confused by the clip? Did you like it? Why or why not?
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