Kanye West: Famous video features nude Taylor Swift, Donald Trump
Kanye West has dropped the music video for “Famous,” the controversial first single off his February album The Life of Pablo. The NSFW video features the likenesses of 12 famous people — including Taylor Swift and Donald Trump — sleeping nude together in an enormous bed.
It’s unclear which, if any, of the celebrities participated in the video, and which are the result of prosthetics and visual effects wizardry, but in the video’s credits, West offers “special thanks” to Bill Cosby, Caitlyn Jenner, Amber Rose, Ray J, Kim Kardashian West, Taylor Swift, Chris Brown, Rihanna, Donald Trump, Anna Wintour, and George W. Bush — “for being famous.”
A representative for former President Bush confirmed that he did not participate in the “Famous” video, while Jenner’s rep said the former Olympian had nothing to add about the video at this time. Representatives for the other celebrities referenced in the video did not immediately respond to EW’s requests for comment.
West has famously feuded with several of the stars featured in the video, including Bush, Taylor Swift, and Amber Rose. The rapper told Vanity Fair, “It’s not in support or anti any of [the people in the video]. It’s a comment on fame.”
West also told the magazine that although the video features nudity, it isn’t meant to be erotic. “We were very careful with shots that had [something] sexual to take them out,” he said. Judge for yourself in the NSFW screen grab below, which itself is a replica of artist Vincent Desiderio’s 2008 painting “Sleep.”
The “Famous” video, which West debuted at The Forum in Inglewood, California and can be seen below, will be available for Tidal subscribers exclusively for a week. A 30-second preview will be available to non-subscribers.
“Famous” was immediately, well, infamous upon its February release during a similarly epic worldwide event at New York’s Madison Square Garden. West references Swift in the second line: “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex / Why? I made that b—- famous.” Swift’s camp has maintained that the singer did not approve of the lyric, but West and his wife have claimed Swift cleared the line ahead of time.
See the live stream on Tidal.
This post has been updated