Friday, July 1, 2016

Kanye West's "Famous" Is Rattling Some Nerves

West's Famous
Kanye West is somebody who is not lacking in controversial ideas and actions. After his drunken rant in 2009 against Taylor Swift during the MTV Video Music Awards, West's "artistic" aspirations are becoming more sophisticated.

As evidence, West debuted the official video for his The Life Of Pablo single, "Famous," last 24 June at a packed venue in L.A., and in true Kanye fashion, it has everyone talking.

Based on a 2008 work by American realist painter Vincent Desiderio, the video features the rapper and wife Kim Kardashian lying naked on an extremely wide bed in a sweaty, post-coital sleep. They are in the middle of 10 more nude celebrities – Swift (who is dissed again in the lyrics), Rihanna, Chris Brown, Ray J, West's former girlfriend Amber Rose, his in-law Caitlyn Jenner, Donald Trump, Bill Cosby, George W Bush and Anna Wintour.

Some, or perhaps all, are waxworks – the camera passes across their bodies, the quality of the film grainy, the soundtrack culminating in two minutes of cheering and heavy breathing.

"Famous" does not include anything so transgressive, but its depiction of women like Swift naked, presumably without their consent has caused disquiet, though West claims that he took any overtly sexual shots out of the video.

Do we expect some charges in the coming days? Most probably.

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