Kanye West has spoken out about the controversial video for his song ‘Famous’, claiming that it’s a “comment on fame.”
West premiered the video during a live screening at the L.A. Forum on Friday (24 June), which was simultaneously live-streamed on the online music platform Tidal.
Opening with a slow pan across a whole host of celebrities sharing a bed spread, the camera then pans up to reveal lifelike wax figurines of George W. Bush, Donald Trump, Anna Wintour, Rihanna, Chris Brown, Taylor Swift, Kanye West, Kim Kardashian West, Ray J, Amber Rose, Caitlyn Jenner and Bill Cosby. They are all depicted sleeping naked.
Watch a fan-shot clip of the video premiere below.
West has since given his perspective on the video to Vanity Fair, saying that “it’s a comment on fame. It’s not in support or anti any of [the people in the video].”
He also spoke about the inclusion in the video of former President Bush, who West notably criticised in 2005 during a live television appeal for relief funds for those affected by Hurricane Katrina in the American south. “Maybe in some alternative universe me and George Bush could have been friends,” he told the magazine. “I could have been his O.J. Simpson black friend on the golf course.”
West also took to Twitter the morning after the premiere to deliver some rather more uncensored opinions. Among a series of now-deleted tweets, West notably said “Can somebody sue me already” along with the hashtag #I’llwait.