Joseph Kahn, who directed Taylor Swift in videos for “Bad Blood,” “Blank Space,” and “Wildest Dreams,” has come to the singer’s defense against Kanye West and Kim Kardashian by invoking the death of Nicole Brown Simpson.
In a series of tweets posted Monday, Kahn slammed the Kardashian family, writing it wasn’t “the first time the Kardashians supported the murder of an innocent blonde woman.” Robert Kardashian, father to Kim Kardashian, was a member of O.J. Simpson’s defense team after the former football star was accused of killing Nicole Brown Simpson.
After he was criticized for the comparison, Kahn later added, “How dare you bring up a murder of a woman with the Kardashians — when no one knew what a Kardashian was until they supported the murderer!” In a subsequent tweet, he also mocked Kim Kardashian’s sex tape, which was leaked online in 2007. “People always ask me how to be famous. My answer is simple. Have your dad defend murder of a woman. Release sex tape. That’s it. Good luck.”
Kahn’s comments came after Kim Kardashian released a video to Snapchat showing Swift and West had spoken about the rapper’s song “Famous,” and it’s controversial lyric, “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex / Why? I made that bitch famous.” Swift long denied any conversations took place, and slammed the song after its release. In the video, however, West is heard telling Swift about the first part of the lyric, though he left out its “I made that bitch famous” conclusion.
Swift focused on that omission in her statement on the matter, writing, “Where is the video of Kanye telling me he was going to call me ‘that bitch’ in his song?’ It doesn’t exist because it never happened. You don’t get to control someone’s emotional response to being called ‘that bitch’ in front of the entire world.”
Kahn previously defended Swift after she was accused of depicting colonialism in her video for “Wildest Dreams,” which Kahn directed. “There is no political agenda in the video. Our only goal was to tell a tragic love story in classic Hollywood iconography,” Kahn wrote of the video, which was filmed Botswana and South Africa, and stars Swift and Scott Eastwood as actors making a romantic movie. “Furthermore, this video has been singled out, yet there have been many music videos depicting Africa. These videos have traditionally not been lessons in African history. Let’s not forget, Taylor has chosen to donate all of her proceeds from this video to the African Parks Foundation to preserve the endangered animals of the continent and support the economies of local African people.”
Read Kahn’s tweets below.