The Famous video by Kanye West, from his The Life of Pablo album, debuted recently. It has predictably caused a flurry of controversies, for its use of naked wax figurines of Taylor Swift, George Bush Jr, Bill Cosby, Amber Rose, Chris Brown, Caitlyn Jenner, and others, lying in bed together. Currently streaming only on the Jay-Z owned Tidal, the video references Vincent Desiderio’s realistic artwork and that of Matthew Barney. Said to be a comment on fame, the video features people who have all risen to stardom through controversies. Also, surprising is the presence of Ray J, Kim Kardashian West’s former paramour, and a participant in the now infamous sex tape that catapulted Kim into the big leagues. In an interview with Vanity Fair, the rapper said, “[I say] a lot of lines other wives would not allow a husband to say,” he said. “But my wife also puts up photos that other husbands wouldn’t let them put up. One of the keys to happiness in our marriage is we’re alloweDed to be ourselves. Our life is walking performance art.”
Meanwhile, his depiction of several high-profile figures in the nude has prompted a lot of mixed reactions. While most concern themselves with trying to figure out which of the personalities shown are real and which fake, the celebrities themselves have been quick to issue denials. George Bush Jr’s representative has denied that it was the former President in the video. “In case there is any doubt, that is not President Bush. He is in much better shape,” he told TMZ.
Despite the backlash, most notably from Taylor Swift’s camp, West himself seems unrepentant. “Can somebody sue me already #I’llwait,” he tweeted this Saturday, only to delete it a while later.
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