UPDATE: The Taylor Swift Machine has responded to Kim's statement, and it's as loaded and cutting as you'd imagine:
Taylor does not hold anything against Kim Kardashian, as she recognizes the pressure Kim must be under and that she is only repeating what she has been told by Kanye West.
However, that does not change the fact that much of what Kim is saying is incorrect. Kanye West and Taylor only spoke once on the phone while she was on vacation with her family in January of 2016 and they have never spoken since. Taylor has never denied that conversation took place.
It was on that phone call that Kanye West also asked her to release the song on her Twitter account, which she declined to do. Kanye West never told Taylor he was going to use the term 'that b**ch' in referencing her. A song cannot be approved if it was never heard. Kanye West never played the song for Taylor Swift. Taylor heard it for the first time when everyone else did and was humiliated.
Kim Kardashian's claim that Taylor and her team were aware [of the lyrics] is not true, and Taylor cannot understand why Kanye West, and now Kim Kardashian, will not just leave her alone.
Iconic queen Kim Kardashian graces her first GQ cover this month, and in a typically next-level profile of the stratospheric celebrity, Caity Weaver gets the juicy skinny on the most famous woman in the world, and her equally famous marriage to Kanye West.
by Mert and Marcus
One of the more OOOP parts of the piece is when Weaver presses Kim about her husband's most recent schism with clandestine frenemy, Taylor Swift--specifically in reference the polarizing lyric from his Pablo track "Famous."
I feel like, me and Taylor might still have sex/why? I made that bitch famous.
Kim backs up Kanye's claim that the vanilla scarecrow was in on the whole thing--even approving it, and scheming how they'd prank all us sheep; Mrs. West asserts that Tay-Tay used the public's sympathy as a ploy for marketability.
But Kim says Taylor's deep emotional wound is nonsense—okay, she says it's a lie—and that there's video proof, because a videographer was actually filming their phone call. Why? Because Kim's husband commissions videographers to film everything when he's recording an album, for posterity (and possibly, one day, a documentary). And this is where it gets sticky.
"She totally approved that," Kim says, shaking her head in annoyance. "She totally knew that that was coming out. She wanted to all of a sudden act like she didn't. I swear, my husband gets so much shit for things [when] he really was doing proper protocol and even called to get it approved." Kim is on a roll now, speaking faster and more animatedly than at any other point during our time together. "What rapper would call a girl that he was rapping a line about to get approval?"
Let's stipulate here that Kim Kardashian West is not the kind of person who forgets that the tape-recorder light is blinking. But just because a rant is carefully chosen for its audience doesn't mean it isn't genuine.
Swift, Kim insists, "totally gave the okay. Rick Rubin was there. So many respected people in the music business heard that [conversation] and knew. I mean, he's called me a bitch in his songs. That's just, like, what they say. I never once think, [gasping] 'What a derogatory word! How dare he?'Not in a million years.
I don't know why she just, you know, flipped all of a sudden.… It was funny because [on the call with Kanye, Taylor] said, 'When I get on the Grammy red carpet, all the media is going to think that I'm so against this, and I'll just laugh and say, 'The joke's on you, guys. I was in on it the whole time.' And I'm like, wait, but [in] your Grammy speech, you completely dissed my husband just to play the victim again."
Taylor Swift: faux-martyr!!!!!!!!
Let's go to the tape (aka her dinner theatre-quality "Album of the Year" speech)
I, for one, am not surprised by any of this--especially the detail that Kanye records all of his phone calls.
Could the ceaselessly churning black hole of the Taylor Swift PR machine be slowly halting?