Taylor Swift Responds to Kim & Kanye Drama by Raising Money for Coronavirus Relief
In response to the reignited Kanye West feud, Swift used her platform to promote two charities helping with the COVID-19 response.
In response to years-old drama made new again, Taylor Swift used her platform to help raise money for people in need during the coronavirus pandemic.
Video footage from several years ago mysteriously leaked online last week, which was purported to be Swift’s full phone conversation with rapper Kanye West about his 2016 song “Famous” — which references Swift in a lyric that says, “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex. Why? I made that bitch famous.”
Shorter snippets of the now-infamous conversation were originally posted on Snapchat by Kim Kardashian West in 2016, during which Swift seemingly approves of part of the lyric.
Swift’s fans are again rushing to her side, arguing that the video actually shows that Kanye West did not fully tell her about the song’s final lyrics, reigniting a drama that initially unfolded four years earlier. You can read about the whole saga between the two artists here – which stems back to a certain mic-grabbing incident at the 2009 MTV VMAs.
Now, Swift has responded by promoting a charity that helps feed people in need during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
On Monday, Swift spoke out via Instagram Stories saying, “Instead of answering those who are asking how I feel about the video footage that was leaked, proving that I was telling the truth the whole time about *that call* (you know, the one that was illegally recorded, that somebody edited and manipulated in order to frame me and put me, my family, and my fans through hell for 4 years)... SWIPE UP to see what really matters.”
The link she added was to a donation page for Feeding America, a nonprofit currently working to provide meals for people affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.
Swift then added another post saying, “The World Health Organization and Feeding America are some of the organizations I’ve been donating to. If you have the ability to, please join me in donating during this crisis.” That story linked to the WHO’s donation page. Swift did not disclose how much money she had donated herself or how much her fans have donated.
To attempt to curb the coronavirus outbreak, many state governments have mandated closures of nonessential businesses, schools, restaurants, and bars. As a result, many people have lost their jobs, with Fortune predicting a loss of 5-6 million jobs in the month of March. As of Tuesday, COVID-19 has infected more than 414,000 people, causing at least 18,000 deaths. The U.S. has the third-highest number of infections with more than 51,000.