Last Friday (June 24), Kanye West unveiled his video for ‘Famous’, a 10-minute long experience that was inspired by Vincent Desiderio’s painting ‘Sleep’ and which features wax models of celebrities including Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Donald Trump and Anna Wintour lying naked together on a bed. The decision has been controversial, with many of those depicted in the video reacting to it; here are their responses.
According to Hollywood Life a source close to Rihanna said that she didn’t like being in the same bed as George Bush or Donald Trump. “She’d rather lay next to the devil while drinking boiling hot water in hell than to share sheets with either of those two,” the source said. Apparently she’d rather have been next to Hillary Clinton. “She doesn’t know what the hell Kanye was thinking when he decided to throw them in the picture. Surely, he could have chosen other politicians. He would have knocked it out of the park had he had Ri sandwiched between Michelle [Obama] and Hillary [Clinton]. Rihanna would have lived for that.”
George W. Bush
A representative for George Bush said, “In case there was any doubt… that is not President Bush. He [Bush] is in much better shape!” Ok, sure…
The guest singer from Kanye’s album highlight ‘Waves’ called Kanye “crazy” and “talented” for the video but wasn’t happy about his builder’s bum. “Why I gotta have the plumbers butt/crack?” he wrote on Instagram.
A source close to Swift has been quoted as saying that she is “livid” and horrified… She is bewildered, feels betrayed and is beyond frustrated with Kanye. It is like a complete nightmare. Taylor is pissed to say the least!”
Meanwhile her friend Lena Dunham has written a Facebook post criticising Kanye’s “sickening” video: “it feels informed and inspired by the aspects of our culture that make women feel unsafe even in their own beds, in their own bodies,” she wrote.
Swift’s new boyfriend Tom Hiddleston has reportedly called the video “classless”, too.
Another ‘source’ here, from Hollywood Life: “Amber has been flip flopping on her reaction of being in Kanye’s video. Some friends have been told by her that she loves all the attention coming from it and some friends have been told she is furious. She is taking both sides depending on who she talks to.”
Kim Kardashian’s ex is referenced in ‘Famous’: “I bet me and Ray J’d be friends if we ain’t love the same bitch”. He told Entertainment Tonight that he wanted to move on. “Man, I’m just trying to stay positive,” he said at the BET Awards on Sunday (June 26). “I’m engaged. My marriage is all messed up ’cause of craziness. I’m not part of nothing crazy. I walk down a good path. My fiancee tripping. It’s all bad in my world, and that ain’t cool. Don’t put me part of nothing that’s weird, that don’t make no sense. Can I grow up?”
The artist behind the 2008 painting that inspired the video says it “demonstrates how art speaks the language of art, how visual codes people the artistic imagination, enlivening the matrix of possibilities that are always and everywhere about us, but barely perceptible to those who focus only on the surface.”