“It gives me such a feeling of unease”
Over the weekend, Kanye West asked fans to spend $ 25 to attend the video’s premiere in Los Angeles Pablo’s life cut “Famous”. Livestreamed and available for next week exclusively via Tidal, the video portrayed West in bed with Taylor Swift, Bill Cosby, Caitlyn Jenner, Amber Rose, Ray J, Kim Kardashian, Chris Brown, Rihanna, Donald Trump, Anna Wintour and George W. Bush. Several of the people featured in the video have since commented on their appearance, along with Chris Brown joke about her pose and representatives of George W. Bush confirming that it was not now the ex-president. And now like Pitchfork underlines, the writer and star of HBO’s Girls Lena Dunham took to Facebook to express his disgust for the scene depicted.
Dunham’s post calls West’s video “one of the most disturbing ‘artistic’ endeavors in recent memory” and says “that she feels informed and inspired by the aspects of our culture that make women feel empowered. danger even in their own bed, in their own body. ” She also notes, “It makes me feel so sickeningly sick.” Read his full post below.
Glancing through my fingers: some rambling thoughts on the ‘Famous’ video
Like many Americans addicted to pop culture, I look forward to what Kanye West will do next. In addition to his chaos on Twitter, he created some real “next level shit” as the kids would say. I could also watch Kim Kardashian West peel paint from a windowsill for hours on end and be mesmerized. I admire this whole family, I love the way they portray women as better in numbers and masters of their own destiny. I would spend the whole summer at Kamp Kardashian. But it is possible to have two competing thoughts in your mind, and the Famous video is one of the most disturbing “artistic” endeavors in recent memory.
Let’s break it down: at the same time, Brock Turner gets away with a light slap for raping an unconscious woman and photographing her breasts for a group chat … While the assaults are periscoped on the web and the girls commit suicide afterwards to have been exposed in a way they never imagined… While Bill Cosby’s crimes are still uncovered and understood as traumas to the women he assaulted, but also massive bruises to our national consciousness… Now I have to see the recumbent, unconscious, waxy bodies of famous women, twisted as they’ve been drugged and thrown aside at a rager? It makes me feel so sickeningly sick.
I was brought up in the art world by a father who painted scenes of sexual aggression and war and a mom who, ironically enough, photographed naked life-size dolls. I live for the naked beating of Carolee Schneemann and Hannah Wilke, for the arty porn of Kathy Acker, for the gnomes of Paul McCarthy with butt plugs and Vito Acconci masturbating under the gallery floor and Carrie Mae Weems casts a blinding light on the pleasures and terrors of black femininity. If it’s forbidden, I’ll probably love it. Because I know that the work of art is to make us think in a way that is not always orderly or comfortable. But it looks different.
I’m sure the Bill Cosby doll in bed alongside Donald Trump is kind of a statement, that I’m probably trolled on a very high level. I know there is a louder or cooler reaction than the one I’m having now. But guess what? I don’t have a cool reaction, because to see a woman I love like Taylor Swift (damn it hurts to look, I couldn’t look), a woman I admire like Rihanna or Anna, reduced to a pair of boob waxes made by special effects guy in valley, it makes me sad and dangerous and worried about teenage girls watching this and may not understand that roving grainy camera like the stuff of snuff movies. I was very hesitant to say anything because I thought the pieces of thought were going to pour in. But I didn’t see this angle being explored as much as I had hoped. It’s weird to feel like you’re looking alone. I bet not.
Here’s the thing, Kanye: you’re cool. Make a statement on fame and privacy and the Illuminati or whatever comes to mind! But I can’t watch her, I don’t want to watch her, if she feels informed and inspired by the aspects of our culture that make women feel unsafe even in their own beds, in their own bodies.
All of you, I’m so sick of showing up at the party angry. But at least I brought some cake.
If you have a Tidal subscription and haven’t seen the video yet, watch it here. Those without a subscription can watch the video at 7:00 PM EST tonight on E! News with a replay at 11 p.m.
Swift herself hasn’t commented on the video, but you’ll recall earlier this month her rep gave GQ A declaration about the song:
Taylor first heard it when everyone else did and were humiliated. Kim Kardashian’s claim that Taylor and her team knew about being taped isn’t true, and Taylor can’t understand why Kanye West, and now Kim Kardashian, won’t leave her alone.