Kanye released the song “Famous” with the lyric “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex / Why? I made that bitch famous.”
Taylor’s reps released a statement to EW saying, “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. Taylor was never made aware of the actual lyric, ‘I made that bitch famous.*’”
Taylor then accepted her Grammy by saying, “And as the first woman to win Album of the Year at the Grammys twice, I want to say to the young woman out there, there are going to be people along the way who try to undercut your success or take credit for your accomplishments or your fame. But if you just focus on the work and you don’t let those people sidetrack you, someday when you get where you’re going, you will look around and you will know it was you and the people who love you who put you there, and that will be the greatest feeling in the world,”
Kanye rebutted by calling Taylor a “fake ass” and saying that he called her to approve the lyrics which supposedly she did.
Then Kim got involved: “According to Kim, Kanye not only called Taylor for approval of the line, but their call was captured on video – and Swift, Kardashian said, knew about this footage.”
To response Taylor’s reps said, “Taylor cannot understand why Kanye West, and now Kim Kardashian, will not just leave her alone.”
Now, months later, Kim leaks a video of Taylor and Kanye’s phone call. Where it is shown that he informs her of the line, and the only line, “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex.” On video, she was not informed of the following line, “Why? I made that bitch famous.” Which is in accordance with her reps initial response.*
Keep in mind, the video is also very choppy and is cut multiple times to allow us to hear what the recorder wants us to hear, who just so happens to be a very bias Kim, Kanye’s wife.
Also, no where in the video does Taylor write lyrics for his song as Kim claimed on her reality show. Actually, in the video, right after a hard cut, she mentions to Kanye how he is “so outspoken” and roughly quotes him by saying, ‘it made her famous’.” Which is likely where the inspiration behind the follow up lyric came from, but was not approved by Taylor during the course of the video.
However, also keep in mind Taylor’s reps first statement indicating Kanye never asked for approval** is in fact false as is seen on the video.
Then, Taylor responds herself, not through her reps:
According to Taylor and the video, she was never played the song, or given the entirety of the song lyrics, thus was unaware as to what she was approving. How could she know the message the song was going to take being only given a single line?
In conclusion, it’s quite possible once the song was released and she was hearing the entire song, she realized the ugly, underlying misogynist, egotistical tone of the song and immediately disapproved of it, however too late. Thus leading to her Grammy speech and public disapproval.
It’s also possible, Kanye actually believed the approval he got from Taylor was enough of one to approve the entire song no matter the message, meaning, tone, or any lyrics he added afterwards.