Selena Gomez Jumps Into Taylor Swift & Kim Kardashian Drama, But Misses The Mark
Just as people were drifting off to sleep before an otherwise ordinary Monday, Kim Kardashian had to go and break the Internet — again. Nope, it wasn't another nude selfie. Instead, Kardashian shared Kanye West's phone conversation about "Famous" with Taylor Swift in a series of Snapchat videos. The phone call shows that Swift was aware of at least some lyrics in West's "Famous" and gave her approval of those she heard. It unraveled a ton of drama, especially since the "22" singer deemed the situation "character assassination" and claimed she didn't know all of West's lyrics beforehand, specifically the part where she's called "that b*tch." As a result, Twitter exploded with the hashtag #KimExposedTaylorParty and Selena Gomez seemingly weighed in on the drama too. However, she didn't exactly make things better. Gomez posted the following tweet:
She also added, "Truth is last thing we need right now is hate, in any form" and "This industry is so disappointing yet the most influential smh." Considering she's part of Swift's squad (although was notably absent from the annual Taymerica 4th of July party), it may appear she was defending her friend. But at the same time, it reads more as telling everyone to calm down about the incident, which includes her BFF. And while I get that it can be frustrating that people are so worked up over this, Gomez sort of misses the mark. Allow me to explain why.
If Gomez's tweets are indeed directed at Kardashian, she's ignoring the fact that the reality star frequently lends her voice to valuable conversations. Kardashian has been vocal about gun control. After the devastating attack in Orlando, the 35-year-old urged her followers to educate themselves about gun safety laws, including the current terror gap. Then, following the tragic and untimely deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, Kardashian penned a blog post about Black Lives Matter and why she wants her children, North and Saint West, to grow up in a world where they're not judged or fearful, because of their skin color.
But wait, that's not all — the Keeping Up With The Kardashians star has also voiced her disapproval of slut-shaming. Following criticism for her nude selfies, Kardashian wrote an empowering essay about self-confidence and loving her body at any stage. To me, all of the aforementioned topics are ones that matter, and her words about them can really make a different given her massive fan base. Love or hate Kim K, but she has millions of followers and her words carry power.
Amidst all of this, Gomez came under fire herself for not lending her own voice to current events, which would make her statement semi-hypocritical. The "Same Old Love" singer allegedly posted and deleted a tweet in which she allegedly responded to a user who asked why she or Swift haven't responded to #BlackLivesMatter or police brutality. According to the screenshot, Gomez allegedly wrote, "oh lol so that means if I hashtag something I save lives? No -I could give two f*cks about 'sides'. You don't know what I do."
Bustle has reached out to a rep for Gomez regarding the alleged tweet, but has not yet heard back.
I don't know even where to begin with that statement, if she really did write it. Instead, I'll just say that Gomez shouldn't criticize others if she isn't vocalizing her stance on more serious topics to begin with. People are allowed to have multiple interests, whether news or pop culture. And looking at the example of Kim K, she's proof you can speak out on issues of substance, but focus on other topics as well — one doesn't take away from the other.