During this weekend we were all treated to three big pop culture events. Beyonce
and Kendrick Lamar
killed it at the BET Awards, the Game of Thrones season 6 finale aired, and Kanye West
dropped his new music video for "Famous" at the LA Forum for about 8,000 audience members and on Tidal for all the other stans that couldn't make it to the event.
Now, I'm sure that everybody watching (as well as the rest of the internet which reacted after the premiere), didn't expect the video to feature 12 naked celebrities naked in one bed. The celebrities draped in a shared white sheet include Taylor Swift, Donald Trump, George W. Bush, Anna Wintour, Rihanna, Amber Rose, Chris Brown, Caitlyn Jenner, Bill Cosby, Ray J, Kim Kardashian West,
and of course, the man and self-proclaimed "god" himself, Kanye West.
Now I know this sounds like another Kanye stunt, but when talking to Vanity Fair
this weekend, Kanye explained his inspiration for the video.
[Pictured above: "Sleep" by Vincent Desiderio]
Mr. West said that the sculptor, Matthew Barney "Is my Jesus" and the video was also clearly inspired by American realist painter Vincent Desiderio's painting entitled "Sleep". The direct correlation between "Sleep" and the music video for "Famous" is clearly an adaptation of the original and when Kanye told Vanity Fair that "Famous is a comment on fame," both his visual and verbal commentary on fame, suddenly didn't seem so crazy.
What exactly the significance and motivation is behind the latest controversy is up for debate, but it's possible that "Famous" is pushing music videos in the same way "Runaway" did back in 2010, or maybe Famous is just another publicity stunt. As of now, all we know is that the verdict is still out as to whether or not Mr. West will face any legal repercussions for generating these images of naked celebrities. At the very least, we'll probably get more out of the Taylor/Kanye sleep tired feud but ultimately makes for great conversation.
Currently, "Famous" is only available on Tidal, so head on over there to view what Mr. West's interpretation of performance art.