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Taylor Swift Didn’t Quite Tell The Truth In Her First Statement About “Famous”

1. Today has seen a shit storm of drama between Taylor Swift, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West.

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2. The drama began when Kanye West released his track, “Famous” back in February. The song opens with the line “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex/ Why?/ I made that bitch famous.”

3. Naturally, the world went into absolute meltdown, and Taylor denied all knowledge of the song.

4. But then last month Kim Kardashian decided she’d had enough of people bashing her husband, and revealed that she had video footage of Kanye and Taylor discussing the song, which showed Taylor giving approval. She released the tapes today.


5. Taylor has responded by saying she didn’t give approval.

6. So, let’s rewind back to February and look at the statement given by Taylor after the song’s release.

The statement read:

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.

7. First of all, it’s clear from the video that Kanye did indeed call for approval.

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8. The tape then shows Taylor giving approval, and at no point does she object to the misogynistic message in the song. In fact, she says that the line: “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex” is “a compliment.”

Kanye West: “For all my south side n****s that know me best, feel like me and Taylor might still have sex.”

Taylor Swift: I’m like this close to overexposure.

KW: Oh well this one is — I think this is a really cool thing to have.

TS: I know! I mean, it’s like a compliment kind of [laughs].

9. And what’s more, she tells him she doesn’t think anyone would find the song offensive.

TS: Yeah. I mean, I don’t think anybody would listen to that and be like, “Oh, that’s a real diss. Like, she must be crying about it…”

11. In fact, she does this twice.

TS: It’s awesome that you’re so outspoken and it’s gonna be like, “Yeah, she does, it made her famous.” It’s more provocative to say we might still have sex … It doesn’t matter to me. There’s not one that hurts my feelings and one that doesn’t.

12. She goes on to tell Kanye to use “whatever line he thinks is better,” and that the song is clearly “tongue in cheek.”

TS: Yeah. I mean, go with whatever line you think is better. It’s obviously very tongue in cheek either way. And I really appreciate you telling me about it, that’s really nice!

14. What’s interesting, though, is that Taylor specifically refers to the “it made her famous” line which makes it clear she understood the concept of the song. It seems that the only part she objects to is the use of the words “that bitch.”

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15. In fact, it’s her objection to the words “that bitch” which she’s referenced both in her statement after Kim’s GQ interview and in her response to the release of the phonecall video.


16. However, arguably, the most misogynistic part of the song lies in the lines which sexually objectify her and where Kanye takes credit for her entire career – the exact lines she heard and approved. Which makes her objections slightly contradictory.

17. And then there’s the fact that the narrative has arguably been manipulated. Because just a few weeks later, it was the line about Kanye “making her famous” that she used in the crux of her Grammys acceptance speech.

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26 Beauty Products That Will Actually Turn You Into A Mermaid

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17 Donald Trump Reactions That Are Surprisingly Relatable As Fuck

3. When someone won’t shut up so you just keep nodding until they stop talking.

4. When you don’t have a comeback so you just mock the other person’s laugh.

7. When the teacher thinks you weren’t listening so they call on you and you get the answer right.

8. When you lie on your resume about being proficient in Excel and then your boss gives you an assignment on Excel.

9. When you pretend to be listening but you’re actually thinking about what you’re gonna eat for dinner.

11. When you check the price tag and it’s expensive AF so you pretend to be thinking about actually buying it.*

*This doesn’t actually happen to Mr. Trump because he is very, very rich.

13. When your boss sends you an email at 4:53 p.m. but the workday ends at 5.

14. When you drunkenly become best friends with the girl who complimented your eyeliner in the bathroom.

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16. When you’re getting in trouble and your mom says, “Oh so you think this is funny?”

17. And when you text your friend from across the room and they say “Why did you text me?”

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Mike Pence Argued In An Op-Ed That Disney’s “Mulan” Was Liberal Propaganda

When Donald Trump’s running mate Mike Pence was a talk radio show host in Indiana, he wrote an op-ed declaring the film Mulan was an attempt by some “mischievous liberal” at Disney to influence the debate over women in the military.

The 1999 op-ed ran on a website for Pence’s radio program that was uncovered by BuzzFeed News.

“Despite her delicate features and voice, Disney expects us to believe that Mulan’s ingenuity and courage were enough to carry her to military success on an equal basis with her cloddish cohorts,” wrote Pence. “Obviously, this is Walt Disney’s attempt to add childhood expectation to the cultural debate over the role of women in the military.”

“I suspect that some mischievous liberal at Disney assumes that Mulan’s story will cause a quiet change in the next generation’s attitude about women in combat and they just might be right,” Pence continued. “(Just think about how often we think of Bambi every time the subject of deer hunting comes into the mainstream media debate.)”

Disney’s film is based on the 6th century Ballad of Mulan.

Pence argues Mulan’s romance with a superior officer proved women cannot serve in the military.

“It is instructive that even in the Disney film, young Ms. Mulan falls in love with her superior officer! Me thinks the politically correct Disney types completely missed the irony of this part of the story,” writes Pence. “They likely added it because it added realism with which the viewer could identify with the characters. You see, now stay with me on this, many young men find many young women to be attractive sexually. Many young women find many young men to be attractive sexually. Put them together, in close quarters, for long periods of time, and things will get interesting. Just like they eventually did for young Mulan. Moral of story: women in military, bad idea.”

Here’s the full text and a picture of the column on the site:

Just spent a memorable Fathers Day, like so many other all American Hoosier dads, with my kids at the new Disney film entitled, “Mulan”. For those who have not yet been victimized by the McDonald’s induced hysteria over this film, Mulan is a fictional account of a delicate girl of the same name who surreptitiously takes her fathers place in the Chinese army in one of their ancient wars against the Huns. Despite her delicate features and voice, Disney expects us to believe that Mulan’s ingenuity and courage were enough to carry her to military success on an equal basis with her cloddish cohorts. Obviously, this is Walt Disney’s attempt to add childhood expectation to the cultural debate over the role of women in the military. I suspect that some mischievous liberal at Disney assumes that Mulan’s story will cause a quiet change in the next generation’s attitude about women in combat and they just might be right. (Just think about how often we think of Bambi every time the subject of deer hunting comes into the mainstream media debate.)

The only problem with this liberal hope is the reality which intrudes on the Disney ideal from the mornings headlines. From the original “Tailhook” scandal involving scores of high ranking navy fighter pilots who molested subordinate women to the latest travesty at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, the hard truth of our experiment with gender integration is that is has been an almost complete disaster for the military and for many of the individual women involved. When Indiana Congressman Steve Buyer was appointed to investigate the Aberdeen mess, he shocked the public with the revelation that young, nubile, 18 year old men and women were actually being HOUSED together during basic training. Whatever bone head came up with this idea should be run out of this man’s Army before sundown. Housing, in close quarters, young men and women (in some cases married to non-military personnel) at the height of their physical and sexual potential is the height of stupidity. It is instructive that even in the Disney film, young Ms. Mulan falls in love with her superior officer! Me thinks the politically correct Disney types completely missed the irony of this part of the story. They likely added it because it added realism with which the viewer could identify with the characters. You see, now stay with me on this, many young men find many young women to be attractive sexually. Many young women find many young men to be attractive sexually. Put them together, in close quarters, for long periods of time, and things will get interesting. Just like they eventually did for young Mulan. Moral of story: women in military, bad idea.



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Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

This Exchange Student Found The Best Way To Keep Up With “American” Slang

1. This is Leo Romano Nery from Brazil. He’s currently living in Texas as part of a youth camp exchange program, and he’s learning a lot.

Leo has been in America for almost a month and according to his host sister, Chandler, who is providing him with accommodation while he’s in Texas, he’s already getting the hang of things.

2. On Saturday, Chandler tweeted about Leo’s newest trick to learn American language: writing down the slang he hears on the radio and in conversation, so he can ask Chandler what it means later. The tweet went absolutely bonkers.

With almost 30,000 retweets, Leo’s list of terms like “it’s lit = it’s good / fun” and “make it rain = throwing money” has gone stupidly viral, and Leo couldn’t be happier.

“He began taking notes as we would listen to the radio and my music on my phone,” Chandler told BuzzFeed News. “He would ask what the lyrics meant and how to use them.”

3. “I started taking notes like four days into me being in Texas,” Leo told BuzzFeed News.

“I started because I didn’t understand some words and I was interested in getting to know it better. I asked my host sister more slangs [sic] and she helped me with that.”

Leo said he uses the words when he can and that most people just find it funny.

“The list in the picture is just the beginning, like today I learned two more,” he said. “I heard some guys speaking about money but instead of saying money or dollars they said ‘bucks’.”

“I learned that when someone says like ‘oh she’s thirsty’ they aren’t talking about [needing] a drink, they are saying that she wants attention.”

4. Host sister Chandler said the reactions to the tweet have been “all over the place”, but there was a lot of positive feedback.

“I did not think that so many people were going to see the post and be trending here and in other states”, said Leo. “I’m enjoying America so much. Great food!!!”

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Can You Guess The “Glee” Episode By A Single Quote?

  1. “Even homeless people have Facebook.”

    1. “Thanksgiving” (Season 4, Episode 8)

    2. “A Very Glee Christmas” (Season 2, Episode 10)

    1. “Blame It On the Alcohol” (Season 2, Episode 14)

    2. Via Fox

      “Hold On to 16” (Season 3, Episode 8)

  2. “We plan on smacking them down like the hand of God.”

    1. “Nationals” (Season 3, Episode 21)

    2. “Rumors” (Season 2, Episode 19)

    1. “Vitamin D” (Season 1, Episode 6)

    2. Via Fox

      “Duets” (Season 2, Episode 4)

  3. “And just when you thought it couldn’t get any gayer…it does.”

    1. “Lights Out” (Season 4, Episode 20)

    2. “Opening Night” (Season 5, Episode 17)

    1. “Bad Reputation” (Season 1, Episode 17)

    2. Via Fox

      “Thanksgiving” (Season 4, Episode 8)

  4. “Don’t worry, I’m not going to go all Shawshank on you.”

    1. “Preggers” (Season 1, Episode 4)

    2. “A Very Glee Christmas” (Season 2, Episode 10)

    1. “Homecoming” (Season 6, Episode 2)

    2. Via Fox

      “Duet” (Season 2, Episode 4)

  5. “This is my chance to be bigger than Jesus!”

    1. “Tina In the Sky With Diamonds” (Season 5, Episode 2)

    2. “Child Star” (Season 6, Episode 9)

    1. “Grilled Cheesus” (Season 2, Episode 3)

    2. Via Fox

      “Bad Reputation” (Season 1, Episode 17)

  6. “I would say, ‘Bye,’ but I wouldn’t want to make you angry.”

    1. “New New York” (Season 5, Episode 14)

    2. “Blame It On the Alcohol” (Season 2, Episode 14)

    1. “Heart” (Season 3, Episode 13)

    2. Via Fox

      “Opening Night” (Season 5, Episode 17)

  7. “Are you here to beat me up? Let me get into the fetal position first.”

    1. “Child Star” (Season 6, Episode 9)

    2. “Throwdown” (Season 1, Episode 7)

    1. “Rumors” (Season 2, Episode 19)

    2. Via Fox

      “Homecoming” (Season 6, Episode 2)

  8. “Whether it’s a heart attack or heartbreak, just like Broadway, the show must go on.”

    1. “A Very Glee Christmas” (Season 2, Episode 10)

    2. “A Night of Neglect” (Season 2, Episode 17)

    1. “Nationals” (Season 3, Episode 21)

    2. Via Fox

      “Love, Love, Love” (Season 5, Episode 1)

  9. “I won’t stop until it’s trending.”

    1. “Throwdown” (Season 1, Episode 7)

    2. “Rumors” (Season 2, Episode 19)

    1. “The Spanish Teacher” (Season 3, Episode 12)

    2. Via Fox

      “A Katy or a Gaga” (Season 5, Episode 4)

  10. “We totally don’t think you’ll screw it up this time!”

    1. “Yes/No” (Season 3, Episode 10)

    2. “Preggers” (Season 1, Episode 4)

    1. “A Night of Neglect” (Season 2, Episode 17)

    2. Via Fox

      “New New York” (Season 5, Episode 14)

  11. “OK, I’m gonna ask you to stop because I’m starting to get embarrassed for you.”

    1. “Grilled Cheesus” (Season 2, Episode 3)

    2. “Laryngitis” (Season 1, Episode 18)

    1. “New New York” (Season 5, Episode 14)

    2. Via Fox

      “Child Star” (Season 6, Episode 9)

Can You Guess The “Glee” Episode By A Single Quote?

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    Here’s Exactly What Was Said In That Phone Call Between Taylor And Kanye

    1. Hey there. As you may or may not know, there is Drama™ currently occurring between Taylor Swift and the Kardashian-West family.

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    The drama spans millennia (okay, a couple of years), but what it basically comes down to is that Kanye West wrote a song in which he said he and Taylor “might still have sex” because he “made that bitch famous”.

    2. Kanye said he had Taylor’s approval to release the song. Taylor said she did not give her approval. Kim said there was video proof of Taylor giving her approval. Nobody knew what to believe.

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    3. UNTIL NOW. Because Queen Kim Kardashian, sick and tired of the lies, blessed all of our petty hearts by releasing said video on her Snapchat story.

    I have never been more thankful for Snapchat.

    4. The video shows Kanye on the phone to Taylor, discussing “Famous”, their friendship, and Taylor’s Instagram likes.


    5. You may not have Snapchat, and if you do, you might not follow Kim K. But fear not, friend, because we are here for you. Here is ~exactly~ what was said during the (in)”Famous” phone call.

    Kanye West: “For all my south side n****s that know me best, feel like me and Taylor might still have sex.”

    Taylor Swift: I’m like this close to overexposure.

    KW: Oh well this one is — I think this is a really cool thing to have

    TS: I know! I mean, it’s like a compliment kind of [laughs].

    KW: What I give a fuck about is just you as a person, and as a friend.

    TS: That’s sweet.

    KW: I want things that make you feel good. I don’t wanna do rap that makes people feel bad.

    TS: Yeah. I mean, go with whatever line you think is better. It’s obviously very tongue in cheek either way. And I really appreciate you telling me about it, that’s really nice!

    KW: Yeah. I just felt I had a responsibility to you as a friend. I mean, thanks for being so cool about it.

    TS: Aw, thanks! Yeah I really appreciate it. Like, the heads up is so nice! … People do things without like even asking or seeing if I’d be OK with it. And I just really appreciate it. I never would’ve expected you to tell me about a line in your song. And then the flowers that you sent me, I Instagrammed a picture of them and it’s the most Instagram likes I’ve ever gotten. It was like 2.7 million…

    KW: Relationships are more important than punchlines, you know.

    TS: Yeah. I mean, I don’t think anybody would listen to that and be like, “Oh, that’s a real diss. Like, she must be crying about it…” You gotta tell the story the way that it happened to you and the way you experienced it. Like, you obviously didn’t know who I was before [the 2009 VMAs]. It doesn’t matter if I sold 7 million of that album before you did that, which is what happened. You didn’t know who I was before that … I can make these things happen and I have the ideas to do it and I create these things and concepts. And, like, I’m always gonna respect you. And I’m really glad you had the respect to call me and tell me as a friend, about the song. It’s just a really cool thing to do, and a really good show of friendship. So thank you.

    KW: Thank you too.

    TS: And you know, if people ask me about it, I think it would be great for me to be like, “Look, he called me and told me about the line before it came out.” Like, joke’s on you guys, we’re fine. You guys wanna call this a feud, you wanna call this throwing shade. But right after the song comes out I’m gonna be on a Grammy red carpet and they’re gonna ask me about it and I’m gonna be like, “He called me.” … It’s awesome that you’re so outspoken and it’s gonna be like, “Yeah, she does, it made her famous.” It’s more provocative to say we might still have sex … It doesn’t matter to me. There’s not one that hurts my feelings and one that doesn’t.

    8.

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    Selena Gomez Asked Celebrities To Use Their Voice Wisely And Got Dragged Immensely

    Selena made a series of tweets venting about how celebrities don’t use their voice appropriately. “Why can’t people use their voice for something that fucking matters?” she asked.

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    Basically her comments sent Twitter into meltdown.

    you believe supporting the #blacklivesmatter you would be taking a side? @selenagomez

    — ️muva yaunie (@yauniexo)

    Yup, people dragged her left, right and centre:

    U never speak up on Latina issues and you’re some of the only representation we have, stop embarrassing us. https://t.co/E0toLLM2CW

    — ️ (@rosafruta)

    Celebrities: let’s talk about real problems
    Me: okay then. Can u please comment on police bru-
    Same celebrities:

    — flaca (@SIFRlNA)

    Guess Selena’s publicist has their work cut out.

    publicist: what’s wrong selena???

    Selena: all i said was i don’t care about the black side and hashtags

    publicist:

    — Ahmed/OVOTentBiz (@big_business_)

    Some have taken this time to be shady as hell.

    Selena act like she actually uses her voice when all she do is whisper into a turned off microphone.

    — thik yam (@melaninbarbie)

    @melaninbarbie Drag Whisperlina Gomez

    — Jaylen XVII. (@XVIIJaylenMusic)

    Although some people are defending her.

    @selenagomez This was the issue she spoke up about and ya’ll dragged her for this.. #GoToSleepSelena

    — Fizzy (@iWant_Gaga)

    So y’all just forget about @selenagomez activism and charity work because she has an opinion?! 🤔 #GoToSleepSelena

    — Jesse Manuel (@Jesse_Manuel94)

    So much is happening right now. #SelenaGomezIsOverParty is trending.

    Switching between parties like #KimExposedTaylorParty #selenagomezisoverparty

    — B (@happilybelievin)

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