While many support Taylor Swift, others have criticized her for being hypocritical or playing victim.
After Kim Kardashian released snippets of Kanye West calling Taylor Swift for approval of the song, it seems the “Bad Blood” singer did not offer former boyfriend John Mayer the same courtesy.
Fans remember a John Mayer Rolling Stone interview in 2012, which appears to make Taylor Swift’s reaction to Kanye West’s “Famous” hypocritical. Mayer spoke about how Taylor Swift’s record “Dear John” humiliated him:
“I never got an e-mail. I never got a phone call. I was really caught off-guard, and it really humiliated me at a time when I’d already been dressed down. I mean, how would you feel if, at the lowest you’ve ever been, someone kicked you even lower?”
John Mayer went on to call the song “cheap songwriting” in his takedown of Taylor Swift.
Some fans on Twitter expressed that Taylor Swift deserves what she has coming:
The footage Kim Kardashian released of Kanye West proves that a conversation seeking approval did take place. However, the line that Taylor claims she had issue with – “I made that b***h famous” – does not appear in the snippets released by Kim.
It is reported that the conversation lasted for an hour. Therefore, the Snapchat videos are only a very small portion of their conversation.
Back in February, Kanye West has defended the B-word as a term of endearment in Hip Hop and refers to his wife Kim Kardashian with the term “b***h” in song his “Highlights” on The Life of Pablo.
Taylor Swift states that how someone reacts to the word cannot be controlled, thus inferring that Kanye’s intentions and context are irrelevant. While this is true, Taylor Swift’s Grammy speech was a thinly veiled attack on Kanye, wherein she accused him of taking credit for her accomplishments.
Taylor’s inconsistency on what she found offensive (the B-word or the concept of the “Famous” lyrics) makes her seem manipulative to many fans.
Kanye supporters defend him, claiming that the video of the conversation and the flowers he sent are proof that he had good intentions, and thus she could not have been shocked by the release of the song.
The Verge commented on why many believe that Taylor Swift knew something:
“Swift had enough of a handle on ‘Famous’ to render its ultimate form unsurprising; she might not have cleared the ‘b***h’ line or heard the song in advance, but she understood the sentiment. When the song is released, Swift decides to position herself as the innocent party being victimized by West’s uncouth stylings, a position she reinforces with her speech at the Grammys. When she finds out that West has a recording of their conversation, she attempts to bury the footage so it doesn’t undermine her public response to the song.”
Other than John Mayer, Taylor Swift has attacked many of her exes, including recently Calvin Harris. She requested that her songwriting role in Calvin’s latest hit “This Is What You Came For” be kept secret, only to reveal that she was a co-writer when the song became a hit.
When Kanye walked on stage to interrupt Taylor Swift’s speech to declare that Beyoncé had the best video. The rapper became America’s worst enemy, and Taylor became America’s sweetheart. Perhaps this is what the “Stronger” rapper meant when he said he made her famous.
Either way, the feud continues, as Taylor allegedly threatened legal action over the footage of their conversation.
Do you think Taylor Swift is being hypocritical after release an attack song on John Mayer? Did she overreact to Kanye’s song? Leave your comments below.
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