Why Did ‘Miss Americana’ Omit Key Moments From the Taylor Swift-Kanye West Feud?

by Jeremy Spirogis
Kanye West takes the microphone from Taylor Swift and speaks onstage during the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards

The drama that’s the long-standing Taylor Swift-Kanye West feud is touched upon as soon as once more within the new Netflix documentary about her life. But did it actually depict the entire story? Here’s what was lacking from Miss Americana.

Taylor Swift and Kanye West’s drama started on the 2009 VMAs

Kanye West takes the microphone from Taylor Swift and speaks onstage during the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards
Kanye West takes the microphone from Taylor Swift and speaks onstage through the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards | Kevin Mazur/WireImage

It’s grow to be one of many greatest popular culture moments of the ’00s. Taylor Swift took the stage to simply accept the award for Best Video by a Female Artist on the MTV VMAs. But earlier than she may communicate, Kanye West obtained on stage and took the microphone, declaring that Beyoncé ought to have gained the award as a substitute.

They appeared to maneuver previous issues in subsequent years. However, the feud got here again with a vengeance when West’s 2016 single “Famous,” during which Swift is talked about, got here out. Then there was the discharge of a telephone name during which she agrees to a selected line and her “I would very much like to be excluded from this narrative” post. Since then, the artists have remained unfriendly.

This was rehashed in her documentary ‘Miss Americana’

All of this was included within the new documentary about Swift, which is now on Netflix. Swift stated that the 2009 incident “was sort of a catalyst for a lot of psychological paths [she] went down. And not all were beneficial.” She thought the crowds jeers that evening have been directed at her, not West.

When the chance to make up with the rapper got here round in 2015, Swift took it. Which is what made the following 12 months’s occasions much more upsetting to her. “People decided I was wicked and evil and conniving,” she stated of the backlash.

Beyoncé’s half within the evening was lacking

Taylor Swift speaks after Beyoncé allowed her to finish her speech after Beyoncé won "Best Video of the Year" onstage during the 2009 MTV Video Music AwardsTaylor Swift speaks after Beyoncé allowed her to finish her speech after Beyoncé won "Best Video of the Year" onstage during the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards
Taylor Swift speaks after Beyoncé allowed her to complete her speech after Beyoncé gained “Best Video of the Year” onstage through the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards | Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic

But not every little thing that occurred on that evening in 2009 was included in Miss Americana. As Ira Madison III factors out on the podcast Keep It, the Beyoncé of all of it wasn’t anyplace to be seen.

For those that might have forgotten, Beyoncé got here up on stage later that evening to simply accept the award for Best Video of the Year for “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It).” Instead of giving her speech, she invited Swift onstage to complete what she had began earlier than West interrupted her.

What about Swift’s half in all of this?

Does leaving out what Beyoncé did ignore an essential a part of the story? That’s definitely a perspective that needs to be thought-about. But even when the principle focus is on Swift and West’s evolving feud over time, there’s one other aspect that isn’t actually touched on in Miss Americana.

“There was a concerted effort to remove any of the retaliations she did to Kanye in the midst of all of that,” stated Madison on the podcast. Swift is proven singing “Look What You Made Me Do” in addition to “Call It What You Want,” each of which reference the incident, however from there, the documentary strikes on from the topic.

West hasn’t commented on the drama shortly. So perhaps Swift’s camp felt that it was satisfactory simply to indicate the way it affected her decisions in her profession for the documentary’s sake. Whatever the case, perhaps that is actually the tip of the general public feud.

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