She went on to claim that not only had Swift “totally approved” the lyrics in “Famous”, but that there was also video footage to prove it.
Swift’s official response included in the interview said that she had not been aware that she was being recorded, and concluded with the line: “Taylor cannot understand why Kanye West and now Kim Kardashian will not leave her alone.”Her spokesperson also told GQ: “Taylor does not hold anything against Kim Kardashian as she recognizes the pressure Kim must be under and that she is only repeating what she has been told by Kanye West.
These traits manifested literally in the teenager's videos – white ballgowns, loosely curled hair, Swift gazing out from the turrets of castles – as well as figuratively in her lyrics.
Swift sang about waiting for a man on a “white horse” to come and save her, love interests “kneeling to the ground” and proposing, as well as being “enchanted” by “fairy tales”.
As a young girl, in the early days of her career, Swift adhered to the markers of white feminine fragility, presented as a modern-day ingénue figure.
Her passivity and purity were the centrepiece of an appealing narrative constructed around traditional girlhood.
“I just felt like I wanted to defend Kanye in it.” Rolling her heavily lined eyes to the ceiling, she sighed, “It was just another way for her to play the victim.Last January Kanye West called Taylor Swift to ask whether she’d mind if he wrote a song in which he referenced having sex with her.After hearing lyrics, she told him that they “didn’t matter” to her.Swift’s speech at the Grammys was arguably the catalyst for West’s wife, Kim Kardashian, stepping in.Three months after the awards ceremony, she told GQ that she believed the speech was a deliberate attempt to “diss” West after he’d done nothing but “follow protocol”.Despite saying she wants to be “excluded from the narrative”, Swift has reminded the public of this same narrative countless times in jokes and speeches.