On this week’s Buzzing with Kat and Matt:
Kim Kardashian West stepped up to defend her husband, Kanye West, in the FAMOUS drama with Taylor Swift. While the latest episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians aired, Kim posted a videotaped phone call between Kanye & Taylor on SnapChat to prove that a conversation about the song did in fact take place. The hashtag #KimExposedTaylorParty trended for hours.
It didn’t take too long for Taylor to post a statement on Twitter, claiming that the video didn’t prove that she approved using the phrase ‘that bitch’ in the song. Now, many are wondering if Kim and Kanye could face legal ramifications since it is illegal under California state law to secretly record a conversation, much less spread it over social media.
Kat’s Take: I thought this issue was over. Why are we hearing about it again? It seems suspicious to me. With that being said, this whole thing is a mess. Even with the video evidence of the phone call, it’s still a he said/she said debate when it comes to the now infamous line in the song. Personally, I don’t see why Taylor would have approved it. Was it absolutely necessary for the phrase to be used at all? Alas, this is the entertainment industry & we never truly know what goes on behind closed doors.
Matt’s Take: Unless Kanye started the call by saying, “Hey, Taylor, we’re recording this call,” I don’t see how they can prove Taylor gave her consent to being recorded, and if she didn’t, then they broke the law plain and simple. To then go and post the tape on Snapchat is just tacky and tasteless, but at this point, what do you expect from a Kardashian?
That’s it for this week! Stay tuned for more Buzzing With Kat and Matt!
You could tell something was bubbling under the surface. You could tell something was about to break.
In the days leading up to Sunday’s Kim Kardashian West SnapChat bombshell, the Daily Mail gave a refresher course on Taylor Swift’s alleged feuds with Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj and Kanye West after the Calvin Harris’ Twitterversy. Coincidentally, the akward mention of Katy in the Harris tweets happened just days before her new single RISE was released. Now, the general public can’t say for certain that this was done for publicity, but let’s call a spade a spade.
In the Daily Mail article mentioned above, the author alluded to a June 2016 GQ interview with Kim coming to her husband Kanye’s defense in regards to the debate about his song FAMOUS. Kim claimed that there was indeed a phone call with Kanye and Taylor talking about the song and that a video recording of the call did exist.
Let’s fast forward to Sunday, July 17 (a month after the GQ interview) and the latest episode of E! Entertainment’s Keeping Up With The Kardashians. Kim says she has had enough of her husband’s haters.
In the following KUWTK clip, Kim accuses Taylor Swift of playing the victim:
Kim had this to say while live tweeting during the show.
Around 20 minutes later, Kim sent this tweet:
Moments later all hell broke loose! Kim released video of a phone call between Kanye & Taylor talking about the song FAMOUS. Video that she says is proof that Taylor approved the song.
This event completely took over Twitter. Many celebrated by trending the hashtag #KimExposedTaylorParty, while Taylor fans came to their idol’s defense.
The media immediately jumped on the story and posted articles, like this one from PopCrush, that includes the video Kim posted!
Even with this “evidence” the argument about Taylor approving or not approving the ‘that bitch’ line still stands.
It didn’t take long for Taylor to respond to the drama. Mere hours after Kim posted to SnapChat, Swift took to Twitter and Instagram, posting “That moment when Kanye West secretly records your phone call, then Kim posts it on the Internet”, along with a screenshot of her rebuttal written out in the Notes iPhone app.
“Where is the video of Kanye telling me he was going to call me ‘that bitch’ in his song?” Swift wrote. “It doesn’t exist because it never happened…. I would very much like to be excluded from this narrative, one that I have never asked to be a part of, since 2009.”
It turns out Taylor likely knew about the video well before it went up on Snapchat. TMZ exclusively reported that they obtained a copy of a letter sent by Taylor’s lawyer to Kanye’s attorneys back in February. Since the video was believed to have been filmed in L.A., it’s privy to California state law, which states that it is illegal to record a conversation between two people without the full consent of both parties.
If Taylor could prove she never knew she was being recorded, Kanye and Kim could possibly end up facing jail time. But that might not be so easy — in a separate article, TMZ also claims to have heard the whole tape and says there’s no way Taylor had an expectation of privacy: Kanye was on speakerphone, and several other people in the room — including record producer Rick Rubin — speak up throughout the full course of the call. Still, it could end up being for the courts to decide whether or not that counts as “full consent”.