Apparently Kanye West Wants To Be Sued Over His “Famous” Video
When it comes to effectively making a splash with both his music and public persona, people know to count on Kanye West, so it’s hardly a surprise that Kanye asked celebrities to sue him over his most recent music video, Famous. The video, which was first revealed Friday in Los Angeles and can now be viewed on Tidal, was meant to be “a comment on fame,” and shows 12 celebrities lying naked in a long bed, with Kanye at the center. The celebrities included were deliberately controversial, both in their individual personas and their relationships to each other — the likes of Kim Kardashian, Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Amber Rose, Donald Trump, Chris Brown, Caitlyn Jenner, George W. Bush, Bill Cosby, Anna Wintour, Ray J, and of course, Kanye himself were all depicted.
Considering the fact that he included an alleged rapist, ex-girlfriends, a former president he once said doesn’t care about black people, and Swift (who he dissed in the lyrics of the song itself), it’s no wonder he expected and hoped for a shit-storm. It’s obvious that his intention was to ruffle people’s feathers.
While Kanye has already deleted his tweet urging the celebrities featured in Famous to sue him, the backlash surrounding the video cannot be deleted at this point, and really, that’s his intention in the first place.
One of the most pressing questions people have after watching the video (or even just peeking at this image) pertains to consent — did all of the stars featured in this image release their consent? A Vanity Fair interview with Kanye revealed that while some of the stars featured in the video actively played themselves, others appeared in the form of prosthetic wax dolls. Of course, which is which is up to the viewer to decide since he didn’t specify.
While none of the celebrities have made motions to sue Kanye yet (it’s almost as if the dare negates the real possibility), one of Bush’s representatives confirmed it wasn’t him in the video, even going on to clarify that the former president is in better shape than his wax doll (good to know).
Also, it appears that Swift is reasonably horrified by the video. The pop star hasn’t commented herself, but an anonymous source told HollywoodLife:
“She is bewildered, feels betrayed and is beyond frustrated with Kanye. It is like a complete nightmare. Taylor is pissed to say the least!”
Honestly, all “statements on fame” aside, I think Swift, Rihanna, and Rose would all be justified in suing Kanye, especially considering the misogynist undertones of the video and their respective histories in relation to him. As for now, the video seems to be doing its job in making waves and spurring conversation.