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Kim, Kanye, Taylor & The Power of Whiteness

Another day, another celebrity feud. The tabloids are at it again.

Kim K did what? Taylor said that?

The tabloids are all over it as us commoners sit patiently on the side-lines, ready to indulge in the foreign world of #RichPeopleProblems. At least it seemed foreign. Until I realised that in actuality, this situation did not happen in a bubble on la-la land, but rather planet Earth. Thus, they drew on real life and so society’s power structures were at play.

For those who don’t know, Taylor Swift – America’s quintessential national treasure – with her country roots, blonde hair and blue eyes has been at loggerheads with none other than Kanye West – the epitome of America’s most hated. Rich. Black. Male. A Chicago-born rapper, who routinely denounces corporations, likens himself to society’s most revered figures and told the world that George W. Bush did not care about black people. To put it simply, Kanye West has done himself no favours in creating a likeable image, much in contrast to Taylor Swift – the sweet, ol’ Nashville gal who has upheld her wholesome, golden girl image for far too long it seems.

I woke up to #TaylorSwiftIsOverParty trending and questioned what I’d missed. Apparently, Kim Kardashian had posted footage of her husband Kanye West talking to Taylor Swift on the phone about his infamous “Famous” song. In the video, we hear Taylor assent to Kanye including the lyric about having sex with her, despite the fact she publicly denounced the content of his lyrics when she accepted her second Album of The Year award at the 2016 Grammys.