LOS ANGELES — You either love him or hate him, but Kanye West is one celeb who knows how to get attention.
His latest foray into controversy is a music video for the song ‘Famous’ featuring wax replicas of famous people all lying naked in a bed together. This includes: George Bush, Anna Wintour, Donald Trump, Rihanna, Chris Brown, Taylor Swift, Kim Kardashian West, Ray-J, Amber Rose, Caitlyn Jenner, Bill Cosby, and West himself.
According to Vanity Fair, the piece is a commentary on fame. West took inspiration from a piece by realist painter Vincent Desiderio to supposedly criticize the voyeuristic exploitation that comes with being a celebrity.
The video premiered on Friday night and has already managed to strike a lot of nerves.
LAist reports that Taylor Swift made her disapproval of the song and its singer clear during her Grammy speech in February, taking particular offense to a line saying Kanye made her famous. Reacting to the newly released video, close friend Lena Dunham called it disturbing and sickening.
George Bush’s reps made sure the public knew it wasn’t really him in the video, adding that the ex President of the United States was in much better shape.
Kim Kardashian’s sex tape co-star Ray-J wasn’t spared either, and his manager is already making serious threats.
Fans believe West is criticizing the system that exploits celebs, but his commentary on exploitation ironically uses that very same thing to get it noticed, according to the Atlantic. He can say what he wants about the system, but it’s definitely one he knows how to take full advantage of.