One moment can change the course of history.
When we look at the feud starting back in 2009 VMAs, we see so many ups and downs between Taylor Swift and Kanye West. But if you really think about it, it tells a lot about both of their characters in a “narrative” of the public eye.
Well, Twitter user Caitlin said something so poignant that it made us stop:
Think about it for a minute: 2009, Kanye West and Taylor Swift were very different people, who had no connection what so ever, other than being recording artists.
After the media had a field day based on Kanye’s choices, and his spiraling out of control due to his mother dying, while the media coddled Taylor Swift on being pulled into a spiral of Kanye’s torment.
Taylor turned it around and wrote the song “Innocent,” which was very open to him and a forgiveness. Even Jay-Z and Kanye acknowledged Taylor in their “Power (Remix)” saying the line “In search of the truth even if it goes through Taylor Swift / Tell her this.”
Flash forward to when Kanye West won the Video Vanguard award from MTV, and Taylor Swift presents him with the award. Everything seemed like all was well. Kanye sent Taylor flowers.
Then “Famous” occurred. Kim Kardashian and Kanye record Taylor agreeing to the song lyrics (which honestly, that was the smartest thing Kim has ever done – insurance). They release it after Taylor acts like she never heard the lyrics in the song. Then Kanye’s “Famous” video is released, depicting Taylor nude, in bed with other celebrities that Kanye was making a statement about.
Trust goes out the window, and we once again see a fallout, but this time, it messes up both Taylor AND Kanye.
Kanye starts to spiral out of control, going on more rants than usual, seemingly unstable. Taylor supposedly cheats on Calvin Harris and snags up Tom Hiddleston, before destroying his image (whether that was intentional or not).
Taylor goes into social media and day-to-day hiding, while Kanye has a mental breakdown, has to be hospitalized, and also goes into social media and day-to-day hiding, but peeks out enough here and there to where he’s not truly away.
And though seemingly now, Kanye West isn’t really OUT IN THE PUBLIC, per say, and Taylor finally released her “Look What You Made Me Do,” which seemingly disses Kanye and Kim, with a dash of Calvin Harris, the media, and Katy Perry, we see Taylor’s spiral out of control, though she feels she’s taking back her narrative.
It’s amazing to me how one small moment in their history could change the rest of their lives, but if one thing’s for sure – this note makes us realize one important fact:
It’s how you react to things that change your course, not the incident itself. The cause, but more importantly, the effect.
Amy Cooper is one with the force, and the force is with her.