2. "What's with that b***h?" Fierce Dancer Taylor says about Zombie Taylor. "Don't call me that." Zombie Taylor responds.
And now let's get into the Kanye West of it all. As we all learned last year, Taylor does not take kindly to being called a b***h. Kanye's line is not only inaccurate, but it’s an offensive and unfortunate inclusion his absolute banger of a song, “Famous.” Full stop.
With that being said, what gave people pause about Taylor’s response -- from PR statements, to that clap-back-to-end-all-clap-backs of a speech at the 2016 GRAMMYs -- was Kanye’s claim that not only had he talked with her about it, but she had “loved” and approved it. And his wife, Kim Kardashian West, had receipts. (More on that in a bit.)
The feud was the re-opening of a six-year-old wound between the two musicians, dating back to the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, when Kanye stole Taylor’s mic -- and her moment -- before he “let her finish.” We thought the whole thing was resolved in 2015, when Taylor presented Kanye with the MTV Video Vanguard award, and in turn, he sent her flowers (as one of the most-liked of her since-deleted Instagram posts)
In both incidents, Taylor seemed to take the moral high ground initially, only to lose it when she overplayed her hand. First, at the 2010 VMAs, where she kicked off her performance by playing the clip of the infamous mic-grab that was by this point a year old. And second, with her public “Famous” response that drew criticism, both for invoking feminism for a personal vendetta, but also for not telling the whole story when there was clearly more to say.