Ever since he jumped on stage to interrupt what was supposed to be a crowning moment for Taylor Swift at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, Kanye West has been a prime target for the pop star. She has taken subtle digs at West over the years, even engaging in a not-so-subtle feud with him and his wife, Kim Kardashian, over a leaked phone call to clear lyrics on the song “Famous.” With the release of her new surprise full-length album, it would appear as though she’s back at it again with the pettiness.
For all intents and purposes, Taylor has a decent reason to be salty toward Kanye. These little jabs here and there are pretty crazy to keep track of though since there have been so many at this point.
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On her new album folklore, which is expected to debut at #1 after selling over a million copies worldwide over the weekend, Taylor Swift came for Kanye in the most mild-mannered way, calling him a clown and being so calculated that it didn’t really even come across as a diss.
“But there’s robbers to the east/Clowns to the West,” sings Taylor on her new song “peace.” In the lyric video, and on Apple Music, Swift made sure to make a statement with the way she capitalized the directions, leaving “east” in all lower-case letters but adding a capital W to “West” in the next line. Sneaky, sneaky.
You can put two and two together here. While the line may not be a direct diss, Taylor is pretty much calling Kanye a clown here.