As soon as Taylor Swift released her new single and opened it with the lyrics, "I don't like your little games/Don't like your tilted stage," it was impossible not to think about what Kanye West and Kim Kardashian's reaction to "Look What You Made Me Do" would be. The song is so clearly about them. And when Swift premiered the video for the song at the VMAs and the ending implied that Kardashian edited the infamous Snapchat videos she posted of Swift talking to her husband Kanye West about his "Famous" lyrics, that need to hear from Kimye only increased. (A source tells Bustle that what Kardashian posted was "raw unedited footage" but that she "Snapchatted bits and pieces.") But, judging by an interview with the reality star that was published Monday, we probably shouldn't expect Kardashian to respond to Swift — at least not anytime soon.
Kardashian spoke with Janet Mock for Interview magazine, and talked about how her family handles all the rumors and criticism that circulates about them. It turns out, Kardashian is the "ringleader" when it comes to filling her family in and helping plan how they'll response to gossip — or whether they'll stay silent. The Keeping Up With the Kardashians star said,
"I’m really aware of what’s going on. If there’s something being said about one of my sisters, I’ll be the first to jump in a group [chat]. We have family chats that happen all day, every day. A lot of us are traveling, so one of us will inevitably wake up at four in the morning to 30 messages. I’ll be the first to jump in and say, 'Guys, I’m seeing this. This is not cool. Tell me what’s going on.'"
In light of Swift's new song and video and the fact that they led to countless people talking about Swift's references to Kardashian and West, Kardashian's interview quote is easy to relate to a real, current situation. Based on what she said, it seems impossible that Kardashian hasn't seen the video, heard the lyrics, and read tweets about what people are saying about it. Kardashian hasn't responded so far on social media — instead, she's been posting photos of her family, her Interview photo shoot, and about her makeup line — and considering the next part of her Interview quote, it wouldn't be a surprise if she doesn't say anything at all, or at least until she brings up the situation on an episode of KUWTK.
"I’m usually the ringleader for stuff like that, and I’ll say, 'You’re wrong. You need to apologize.' Or, 'This needs to be fixed. Everyone just lay low, chill out, don’t say anything. It doesn’t matter if it’s all lies. I know it’s frustrating. I know you want to speak up.' We always have to remind ourselves of stuff like that. We don’t do everything perfectly, but there really are so many lies, so many rumors."
While a lot of what happens on KUWTK is about events that have already been talked about in the real world, and often by the family members themselves, there are situations where the Kardashian-Jenners wait to share information on their show. And there is a precedent when it comes to Kardashian talking about Swift in particular. While Kardashian spoke about Swift and West's dispute over "Famous" in a June 2016 interview with GQ, she waited to release the Snapchat videos until a month later after a KUWTK episode aired in which she talked about the song and about Swift. (Plus, West's album that features "Famous", The Life of Pablo, came out back in February of that year and Swift's Grammys speech in which she referenced it was the same month.) It wouldn't be a surprise if, instead of sharing her opinion on social media right away, Kardashian just lays low, chills out, and doesn't say anything, to use her words.
Swift is often called calculated, but Kardashian knows what she's doing too when it comes to both being open with her fans about her everyday life and working that everyday life into her show. As she told Mock, "If I wasn’t doing what I’m doing now, or if this doesn’t work out one day, I could so be a publicist. I feel like that’s my job for the family sometimes, at least the crisis part of it."
Kardashian might not be commenting on Swift's song and video on social media because she thinks they're not worthy of a response, because she doesn't want to give Swift more attention, or because she has other things going on that are more important. But, don't be surprised if a future KUWTK scene changes everything.