Celebrities depicted in Kanye West's controversial "Famous" visual are beginning to weigh in on his use of their likeness. Taylor Swift has yet to make a public statement about the controversial film, but according to a source close to Swift who spoke to HollywoodLife, "Taylor is livid and horrified. She didn't know what to do when she heard about what Kanye did. She is bewildered, feels betrayed, and is beyond frustrated with Kanye. It is like a complete nightmare."
Swift and West were already at odds over whether she had approved his use of the lyric, "I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex / Why? I made that bitch famous." Swift says she didn't, West says she did, and recently, West's wife Kim Kardashian took the pop singer to task in a recent GQ profile for lying.
Other notable celebrities have chimed in to confirm that they weren't a part of West's visual. According toVariety, representatives for presumptive presidential Republican nominee Donald Trump "denied the GOP candidate’s involvement in the shoot." A spokesperson for former President Bush reportedly told TMZ, "In case there was any doubt ... that is not President Bush." The representative added, "He [Bush] is in much better shape."
West and Bush have a sordid history, which began in 2005 when the College Dropout rapper went on live television and stated, "George Bush doesn't care about black people." It was a moment that caught both Mike Myers, who was standing next to Kanye during the broadcast, as well as viewers off guard. In his autobiography Decision Points, Bush called the incident the "low point of my presidency."
Kanye debuted "Famous" in front of thousands of people at the L.A. Forum on Friday night while simultaneously live streaming the event on Tidal. The visuals to the Life of Pablo single depict a number of some of the most famous people in the world, Kanye himself, his wife Kim Kardashian, his former lover Amber Rose, and her former love Ray J, along with Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Chris Brown, Caitlyn Jenner, Anna Wintour, Bill Cosby, Donald Trump, and former President George W. Bush.
Other celebrities whose likeness is featured in the visual have yet to officially weigh in. Chris Brown proved to be an exception when he took to Instagram to decry his visible "plumber's butt," adding that Kanye is "talented, but crazy."
Representatives for Swift did not immediately return Complex's request for comment.