Taylor Swift's Brother Responds To Kanye West's "Famous" Lyric & He's Understandably Not Happy
Just when you thought the Taylor Swift vs. Kanye West saga had been laid to rest, Kanye West dropped a metaphorical lyric bomb on the world Thursday. If you didn't catch the streaming of West's new album, The Life of Pablo, at Madison Square Garden, then let me fill you in a lyric that has the Swift fandom re-questioning their allegiance to the rapper. In his track "Famous," West rapped: "I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex/ I made that b*tch famous." It sounds like West is referencing Taylor — and loyal Swifties are, as one might assume, not happy — and that includes Swift's own family, her brother Austin Swift, the biggest Swiftie of all! (I don't know that for sure, but I'm guessing.)
A few hours after the TIDAL stream went live, Austin posted what definitely seems like a response video to his Instagram. The video opens with Austin whistling in the background and walking into his room, trash can in hand. And then, hmmm — curious! Are those Yeezy Adidas sitting on the table? You don't say. What's he going to do with those? Put them in the... — oh.
As Austin quickly throws away the Yeezys, it becomes clear he's not so happy with the artist's salacious use of his sister's name. The caption reads: "Getting a head start on some spring cleaning. Here we go again." Burn. (Also, is the "Here we go again" portion of the caption referring to spring cleaning? Or to the seemingly never-ending Taylor and Kanye debacle? TBD.)
Now I'm left wondering how the rest of Swift's family feels. Or what about Swift herself?! (Bustle has reached out to Taylor Swift's publicist for comment, but has not yet heard back.) I mean, the mention definitely isn't good on a lot of levels: not only is West married, but he's referencing this "Taylor" — whether it be Swift or another "Taylor" as if she's an object whose fame only hinges on the fact that he interfered with her career. That's not OK.
But at least Swift has people on her side — namely, a little brother that isn't afraid to speak his mind (and throw away a pair of perfectly nice shoes) all to defend his sister's honor.