Kanye West’s “Famous” video has garnered controversy, which many believe the rapper expected. The video features Taylor Swift, Donald Trump, Kim Kardashian, Rihanna, Bill Cosby, George W. Bush, Chris Brown, Amber Rose, Ray J, Anna Wintour, and Caitlyn Jenner completely naked.
The “Famous” video, which The Verge’s writer T.C. Sottek described has genius clickbait has served its purpose. The video has almost 4 million views in about three days since being released on YouTube. However, the response seems to be more negative than positive.
Dislikes for the video on YouTube is trailing just under 100,000 with 99,582 dislikes and 85,696 likes. This is not the first video that Kanye has dropped to garner mixed reviews. Bound 2, which featured a naked Kim Kardashian was not well received either.
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The “Famous” video has gotten a response from Girls creator Lena Dunham who linked his video to rape culture.
“Let’s break it down: at the same Brock Turner is getting off with a light tap for raping an unconscious woman and photographing her breasts for a group chat…As assaults are Periscoped across the web and girls commit suicide after being exposed in ways they never imagined… While Bill Cosby’s crimes are still being uncovered and understood as traumas for the women he assaulted but also massive bruises to our national consciousness… Now I have to see the prone, unconscious, waxy bodies of famous women, twisted like they’ve been drugged and chucked aside at a rager? It gives me such a sickening sense of dis-ease.,” Dunham wrote on Facebook.
A more lighthearted response came from a representative for George W. Bush stated “in case there was any doubt… that is not President Bush.” The rep added: “He is in much better shape.”
Chris Brown called Kanye West “CRAZY, talented, but crazy.” Brown also laughed at his position in the video stating “Why I gotta have the plumbers butt/ crack showing WAX figure?”
The painting by Desiderio Sleep was Kanye West inspiration for the music video and the painter recalls meeting Yeezus.
“Kind of. I was welcomed with smiles, as if they had been waiting for me to arrive, and we exchanged a few words. ‘Pablo’ refers to both Pablo Picasso and Pablo Escobar jointly, and so we talked about the criminality of art; I mentioned Degas’ quote that the painting should be constructed like the perfect crime. And he smiled and said, “It’s Saint Paul as well.”
“The minute he said that, I saw his face and I realized the depth that really was behind so much of what he has been attempting to do as an artist. And then he said, ‘Would you like to see what we’ve been working on?'”
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The inspiration behind Kanye West “Famous” music video suggest that it is more than a publicity stunt. The rapper thanked all the parties involved for being famous at the end of the video. The deeper meaning behind the video, which shows famous people sleeping, show’s their vulnerability. The painter of the inspirational painting suggest that is shows that celebrities are just human beings.
Whether Kanye cares about his video getting so many dislikes is yet to be determined. However, the rapper’s history with dealing with criticism suggest that he will brush off his critics and defend the video in the name of art.
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