Kanye West's 'Famous' video features a naked Taylor Swift and Donald Trump
It's not Kanye West's style to play nice after feuding with Taylor Swift over whether she agreed to let him call her a bitch on his new album The Life of Pablo. On the contrary: The way West has handled that icky situation is by releasing a music video for "Famous" that features a naked Swift sleeping in an enormous bed alongside an equally naked Donald Trump, Caitlyn Jenner, Amber Rose, Bill Cosby, Ray J, Chris Brown, Rihanna, Anna Wintour, George Bush and — the only person I'm guessing who was actually real and nude — his wife, Kim Kardashian.
Sounds like the strangest acid trip anyone has ever taken, doesn't it?
"Famous" is the first single from West's new album — the same single where he raps, "I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex/Why? I made that bitch famous." West debuted the video at The Forum in Inglewood, California, and it will be available exclusively to Tidal subscribers for one week. If you don't have a Tidal subscription, you can preview a clip for 30 seconds, but be forewarned that most of it consists of cloud formations with the occasional glimpse of flesh thrown in for good measure.
Let's clear this up right away: Showing naked people in a bed doesn't mean West has created the ultimate porno that nobody wants to watch. It's deeper than that. West told Vanity Fair, "It's not in support or anti [any of the people in the video]. It's a comment on fame. We were very careful with shots that had [something] sexual to take them out."
He didn't go into detail about what, specifically, he is trying to get across about fame, but judging by the variety of nude characters nuzzling up to one another, I'm guessing it's that we're all vulnerable; we're all the same (apologies in advance to West for simplifying and possibly bastardizing a statement that I'm sure is more significant than that).
What makes this video super interesting — and it's the same quality that incites in people love or hate for West — is that he doesn't shy away from including representations of people he loves (Kardashian and Jenner) and people he has called out in the past (Swift, ex-girlfriend Rose and Bush among them. Remember when he accused Bush of not caring about black people?).
Now, about all of these naked celebrities: We don't yet know which are real and which have been brought to us courtesy of prosthetics and visual effects. Bush's reps have already confirmed that he did not shed his clothes to participate in this video (no kidding). Trump, Swift, Wintour, Rose, Cosby and Ray J? Nope, never, no way, hell no, god no and just no.
As for Rihanna and Brown, who West put beside one another in bed... well, anything is possible. But I wouldn't hold my breath.