Taylorgate: A History

It was the mic grab heard 'round the world in 2009 when Kanye West interrupted Taylor Swift's speech at the MTV Video Music Awards. The backlash against Kanye was immediate and Taylor's golden girl status was solidified. 

A year later, Kanye apologizes via Twitter and Taylor releases a song about the ordeal, "Innocent," and performs it at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards. Although they don't exactly hug it out, it may be a step in the right direction. 

The two seemingly have an amicable exchange at the Costume Institute Gala in 2011 and everyone takes a sigh of relief. Beef squashed?

The feud (or lack thereof) becomes major headlines again six years later at the 2015 VMAs, where Taylor presents Kanye with the prestigious Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. 

Then Kanye sends Taylor a beautiful bouquet of flowers, which she posts on social media and fans rejoice. It's official: We no longer have to choose between #TeamTaylor and #TeamKanye.

Just when we thought things were going well...2016 happens and that all goes up in flames. Four days before the Grammys, Kanye releases his new song "Famous," which has the following lyrics: "I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex/Why? I made that bitch famous/Goddamn, I made that bitch famous." 

Mouths drop everywhere. Kanye claims he got Taylor's permission, so NBD. He lights up Twitter with his version of the story, which her reps promptly deny, claiming, "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 wins Album of the Year at the Grammys four days later and gives a speech that might as well have began with, "Dear Kanye...." 

The world implodes again. The feud is back....bigger than ever.

On Feb. 17, a leaked recording of Kanye having a meltdown on SNL gets out, where he calls Taylor a "fake ass."

Kanye tweets on Feb. 23: 

Kanye releases the music video for "Famous," which uncomfortably displays a Taylor Swift lookalike naked in a bed next to Kanye, amongst other naked celebrities all in the name of art. Taylor remains mum.

Kanye's wife, Kim Kardashian, jumped into the ring with an interview for GQ where she backed up Kanye's side of the story, even claiming there was video proof to back it up. 

Fast forward to last night....when Kim released said footage through her Snapchat in a moment that may have been bigger than the original feud itself. 

Naturally, the internet exploded accordingly. On Twitter, the trending topic #KimExposedTaylorParty quickly took over. But did Kim actually expose Taylor? Did we find out any new information? 

In a move that was unlike Taylor, she promptly took to social media to respond:

And if you really dissect her rep's statements against Kanye's original claims, the video evidence isn't quite as damning as initially thought. 

There are a few pieces worth considering. Kanye's original tweets claimed specifically that Taylor heard the lyric referring to her as a "bitch," and she approved, even thinking it was funny and giving her blessings. 

In the Snapchat videos, she does think the lyric is funny....except it's the lyric about "me and Taylor might still have sex," not the one he originally claimed they spoke about. So....Taylor didn't lie about that part. 

Her rep has said from the beginning there was indeed a phone call but Taylor did not approve that particular lyric, and the video actually backs up that claim rather than refute it. 

Did she warn Kanye of the misogynistic content of the song, as originally claimed by her rep? If she does, we don't see it in these choppy edits of the conversation, so the jury's still out on that.

So, back to the now age-old question....#TeamTaylor or #TeamKanye? Let us know in the comments!