bullshiters

End of the world advice for the signs
  • Aries:shoot first, ask questions later
  • Taurus:sleep until the whole thing blows over
  • Gemini:talk your way out of any situation
  • Cancer:make your group think you're weak by crying and then turn on them
  • Leo:continue being the leader
  • Virgo:be picky when choosing your group
  • Libra:don't be the one to make any important decisions
  • Scorpio:kill everything
  • Sagittarius:continue running away from everything
  • Capricorn:establish a new currency
  • Aquarius:now would be a good time to get the aliens to take you back
  • Pisces:don't be an escapist this time
  • Clarke:*runs to try to get Roan to kill Nia to save Lexa*
  • Clarke:*runs to try to kill Nia herself to save Lexa*
  • Clarke:*probably runs to Jesus to try get him to kill Nia to save Lexa*
  • Clarke:*runs back to the tower out of breath to beg Lexa to save Lexa*
  • Lexa:This fight is gonna happen.
  • Clarke:*still out of breath*
  • Clarke:Like...
  • Clarke:*falls to the ground*
  • Clarke:Like I care.
  • Clarke:*faints*
Kanye West Doesn’t Understand Consent, Fame, Or What’s Appropriate (Commentary) via Gossip Cop

Kanye West doesn’t understand consent, fame or what’s appropriate, especially when it comes to Taylor Swift. West maintains he had Swift’s approval for his song “Famous,” which contains the lyrics, “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex. I made that bitch famous.” But as Gossip Cop reported, her rep told us, while the rapper tried to get her to promote “Famous” on Twitter, “Kanye did not call for approval” of the tune, Swift “cautioned him about releasing a song with such a strong misogynistic message,” and “Taylor was never made aware of the actual lyric, ‘I made that bitch famous.’”

West’s response? “I did not diss Taylor Swift and I’ve never dissed her.” He further said in a yet another Twitter rant that Swift “thought it was funny and gave her blessings,” “bitch is an endearing term,” and Kim Kardashian was “cool” with the lyric about him wanting to “still have sex” with the “Bad Blood” singer.

Of course, West loses all credibility from his very first tweet in which he claims, “I’ve never dissed her.” In case West has forgotten, in 2009, when Swift beat Beyonce for Best Female Video at MTV Video Music Awards, West rushed the stage, grabbed the microphone out of the then-teenaged singer’s hand, and blared, “I’m sorry, but Beyonce had one of the best videos of all time!” If that highly inappropriate behavior was not a “diss,” what is?

And going back to that moment, West did not make Swift “famous,” as he contends in his song, because clearly she had already attained such a level of popularity and recognition that she beat Beyonce for Best Female Video in 2009.

Notwithstanding the truth and logic, which seem to elude West, is the main issue of consent. If Swift’s team says they never gave “approval” to the lyrics in “Famous,” then it doesn’t matter how many tweets West fires off claiming otherwise. No means no. And Swift would have no motivation to give her consent to a “misogynistic message” and then change her mind.

Additionally, while West may think “bitch” is an “endearing term,” Gossip Cop would venture that there are literally millions upon millions of women who, if called that, would not find it so “endearing.” One could imagine how West himself would react to endearingly being called a petulant, little “bitch.”

Lastly, while West claims his wife Kim Kardashian is “cool” with him rapping about wanting to “still have sex” with Swift, again he misses the point of consent. West may want to sleep with Swift and any number of other women, but one cannot have sex unless the other party gives consent, which the “I Knew You Were Trouble” singer most certainly would not.

West can try to obscure the main issues by spouting off about being “an artist,” how music these days is “watered down,” and how amorphous beings want to “control us with money and perception,” but none of it excuses calling a woman a “bitch” or claiming he made an already successful singer “famous.” And ranting unrelated remarks, like “I will express how I feel with no censorship” and “Stop trying to demonize [a] real artist,” does not give West license to say he got approval from Swift for the demeaning lyric when he didn’t.

Fact: Taylor Swift Was Plenty Famous Before Kanye West Came Along (Plus the Other Big Problem With What He Said)

Kanye West can explain away that “bitch” is a term of hip-hop endearment all he wants. He can say that Taylor Swift thought his line in “Famous” was hilarious.

Did none of Swift’s nearest and dearest then not know ahead of time that Kanye would be dropping a Taylor-bomb during one of his tunes from The Life of Pablo yesterday? Wouldn’t she have shared that little oh-by-the-way nugget with her boyfriend, Calvin Harris?

Instead, Swift’s closest friends; her brother, Austin; and Harris all seemed pretty dismayed (as much as can be gleaned from the art of tweeting and liking on Instagram) by the insta-infamous line in West’s new tune “Famous”: “For all my Southside n–gas who will know me best / I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex / Why, I made that bitch famous / God damn / I made that bitch famous.”

As far as what’s wrong with that lyric…where do we begin?!

First of all, the fact that Taylor was onstage at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards already accepting the Moon Man for Best Female Video for “You Belong With Me” when Kanye made himself more famous by interrupting her…pretty much proves in one fell swoop that she was doing OK before Sept. 13, 2009.

In fact, her career was racing at full speed ahead right to the top at the very least a year before she unwittingly crossed paths with Kanye.

“The CMA award nomination—that’s a big deal to me, because that’s the [Female Vocalist of the Year] category,” she told MTV before the 2008 CMAs. “That’s not a New Artist category. So it’s cool to be considered in that way.” The then 18-year-old artist added, “I think you can always hope as a new artist to go up and have your career go like this [she motioned up] instead of like this [downward motion]. The next couple weeks will be very telling.”

More than she could have ever imagined.

But just for the heck of it, here are more numbers to back up our theory.

Before that fateful encounter that, jestingly or no, Kanye claims “made that bitch famous,” Taylor’s pre-2009-VMAs accomplishments included:

• 15 songs on the Billboard Hot 100
• 1 Academy of Country Music Award
• 1 American Music Award
• 1 CMA Award
• 5 CMT Music Awards, including two straight wins for Video of the Year in 2008 and 2009
• 3 Teen Choice Awards
• 1 Grammy Nomination (she lost Best New Artist to Amy Winehouse, singularly stiff competition)

She quickly added to her AMA and CMA tallies that November (including Entertainer of the Year at the CMAs), presumably not just because people felt sorry for her. And if we want to kick this up a notch…

Swift’s career-making Fearless, her second studio album, dropped exactly two weeks before Kanye’s 808s & Heartbreak in November 2008 and moved 592,000 copies in its first week to 808s’ 450,145.

Fast-forward to December 2009 when Billboard crowned her Top Female Artist of the Year after Fearless became the best-selling album of the year in the U.S., moving over 5.2 million copies (not all of them post-Sept. 13). In one of those joyous twists of pop culture fate, Top Male Artist of the Year went to Kanye West, partly due to the success of 808s & Heartbreak, which as of 2013 has sold 1.7 million copies, but largely because of his pre-VMAs ubiquity.

After the VMAs, however, he suffered through a number of public apologies, including his particularly painful-to-watch appearance on the premiere of The Jay Leno Show, and then took a break from the high lights; a planned co-headlining tour with Lady Gaga was also canceled in October 2009.

Unless anyone’s foolish to believe that Taylor’s been riding a pity wave for the past six-plus years, it seems pretty obvious that Kanye’s outrageous claim was only so much braggadocio.

Which brings us to the other thing that should be stuck in the collective craw of the Swift squad more than the absurd Kanye-created-Taylor boast.

“Kanye did not call for approval, but to ask Taylor to release his single ‘Famous’ on her Twitter account. She declined and cautioned him about releasing a song with such a strong misogynistic message,” her rep told E! News in a statement Thursday night. “Taylor was never made aware of the actual lyric, 'I made that bitch famous.’”

He’s free to say whatever he wants in his songs—it’s a free country. And there are plenty of rappers, rockers and artists of all genres who sing/paint/make jokes about sex and use way fouler language than anything Kanye included on The Life of Pablo.

But for the record, suggesting (for creative purposes, or any purpose) that Taylor may be DTF because she either owes him as much or is just so darn grateful to him for slicing her off a hunk of the fame pie…

So archaic. And while plenty of those aforementioned artists are also fathers, husbands, boyfriends, sons, etc., Kanye is indeed a dad now as well, and he may want to think for two seconds about that out-of-touch, oppressive, misogynistic sentiment he just put out into the world.

One day his daughter might thank him for just shutting up for once.

I’ve gotten a few messages saying Karlie and Gigi aren’t really Taylor’s friend because they continued dancing and Gigi laughed when she heard the lyrics. I think they were both probably very uncomfortable but what were they supposed to do? Get up and leave? Scream and yell? They had to keep their composure. Gigi probably laughed a little bit because she felt uncomfortable and they both knew cameras were on them. It doesn’t mean they aren’t her friend, they had no control over the situation. Stop blaming THEM for something KANYE DID. JFC.