Australian graffiti artist urges fans to 'pay respects'
The phone call showed Swift seemingly enthusing over the line in West’s song ‘Famous’ in which West says: “Feel like me and Taylor Swift might still have sex.” However, West doesn’t state in the phone call that the following lyric will be: “Why? I made that bitch famous.”
Swift had previously claimed to have not known about the song’s lyrics prior to its release, leading to some internet users posting the snake emoji on her Instagram account and Wikipedia page.
In response, a mural has popped up in Melbourne depicting the singer’s image and the words “In loving memory, 1989-2016”. The person responsible is an artist called Lush Sux, who tweeted urging fans to “pay respects” by “laying flowers or lighting a candle” following the “recent passing” of Swift. The passing refers to the idea that the phone call leak has “killed” Swift’s career.
It is worth noting that the mural actually cites Swift’s name as Taylor Smith, which some have suggested is the artist’s way of not being sued.
Meanwhile, it has emerged that Swift can’t sue West and Kardashian over the leaked phone call.
Despite the call seemingly leaking without Swift’s permission, it has emerged that local California privacy laws mean that Swift will be unable to take any action against West or his wife.
Swift appeared unaware that her conversation with West was being taped, and California law states that releasing “confidential communication” online is illegal. However, that law does not apply if the conversation “may be overheard” – and the full conversation between West and Swift sees other parties, including leading producer Rick Rubin join the couple’s discussions.