Oh, Yeezus. Kanye West took to Twitter on Monday, August 29, to share a photo of a T-shirt emblazoned with an image of nemesis Taylor Swift’s 1989 album cover mashed up with his My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy LP art.
Following his meandering speech — in which he briefly referenced his ongoing feud with Swift — at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday night, the hip-hop star, 39, seemingly extended an olive branch to the “Shake It Off” singer, 26, when he posted the pic, which he affectionately captioned, “Unity love.”
As viewers of the VMAs witnessed, West made an attempt to explain why he decided to give T. Swift a heads-up about mentioning her in his controversial single “Famous,” in which he raps, “I feel like me and Taylor still might have sex / Why? I made that bitch famous.”
“My wife is a G,” West said during his bizarre speech at the pop culture event. “Not a lot of people’s wives let them say that. We all in the same boat, now we all in the same bed. Well, maybe different boats. Well, if we think about last week, and it was 22 people murdered in Chicago … People say, 'Oh, but you have that beef with Taylor,' but I love all y’all — that’s why I called her.”
West also used Swift’s image in the accompanying music video for “Famous,” in which her nude wax figure is sandwiched in bed between other naked sculptures of stars such as the "Stronger" rapper himself, his wife, Kim Kardashian, Amber Rose, Ray J, Caitlyn Jenner and Anna Wintour, among others.
“We came over in the same boat. Now we all in the same bed,” West continued in his oration. “Well, maybe different boats, but uh.”
Earlier this summer, Kardashian, 35, released a recording of a phone call between West and Swift via Snapchat. In the conversation — which Swift’s rep once denied took place — the songwriter seemingly gives West her blessing to use her moniker in his lyrics.
Though the “Blank Space” songstress told Ye that she “really [appreciated]” his advance notice about giving her a shout-out on the track, she shared her side of the story on Instagram shortly after their discussion made its way online.
“Where is the video of Kanye telling me he was going to call me ‘that bitch’ in his song?” Swift wrote on July 17. “It doesn’t exist because it never happened. You don’t get to control someone’s emotional response to being called ‘that bitch’ in front of the entire world.”
The pop superstar — who was recently dismissed from a Nashville jury panel in a rape and kidnapping case — has yet to acknowledge West’s tweet.
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