In case you’ve been hiding under a rock for the past two days, or just been enjoying the festivities of a jam-packed Pride weekend (woo-hoo!), you know all about Kanye West’s latest video release for his song, “Famous.” Released late Friday night to a packed crowd at The Forum in Los Angeles, the controversial video was inspired by Vincent Desiderio’s painting, “Sleep,” and featured wax models of a handful of celebrities lain out in a bed… and uncomfortably long close-up shots of their respective nude body parts. Among the celebrities included were Kanye himself, wife Kim, former president George W. Bush, singer Rihanna and her ex, the singer Chris Brown, presidential candidate Donald Trump, Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, ex-girlfriend Amber Rose and, of course, Taylor Swift.
Apart from Chris Brown and a representative of Bush’s, most of the folks depicted in the video have kept respectably mum. It seems nobody’s quite willing to give Kanye the attention he so desperately craves. But now, according to the gossip site Hollywood Life, someone reportedly close to Taylor Swift has come out to speak on Taylor’s behalf. The site reports that the source describes Taylor as feeling “bewildered, betrayed and beyond frustrated with Kanye. It is like a complete nightmare.” Taylor’s new love, Tom Hiddleston, is reportedly even angrier and, according to Hollywood Life, thinks that Kanye is “classless.”
While we have yet to hear anything from Taylor or Tom directly, it would certainly make sense that they would be upset. They both, however, seem to be taking the high road for now.
Kanye explained in an interview with Vanity Fair that the video was not intended to endorse or put down any of the people portrayed but, rather, comment on the nature of fame. Though, as one tweet following the video’s release would suggest, his true intentions might be a lot more straightforward: to provoke attention, whether good or bad.
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(h/t Complex. Photos via Mark Davis, Mike Windle + Kevin Winter/Getty)