Kim’s Snapchat Story, Taylor’s Instagram, and all the 1’s and 0’s in between

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Not-so-breaking news from the world of celebrity gossip: Kimye and T-Swift are at it again! And with this particular stage of the celebrity feud, we are given an amazing opportunity to look at how social media platforms like Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat can be used as weapons.

As you’ve undoubtedly heard by now, Kim whipped out the big guns this weekend, posting a Snapchat Story of a phone call between Kanye and Taylor. In it, Taylor seemingly gives her approval on lyrics to Kanye’s song Famous on The Life of Pablo album (“for all my Southside niggas that know me best / I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex / I made that bitch famous”).

By giving Kanye consent to the lyrics secretly and then publicly shading him for them, Taylor has finally fully revealed just how manufactured a pop star she really is.

This is the story of how Kim introduced Taylor Swift to defeat, for the first time ever, and put some sting on it. Snapchat was the perfect medium for Kim to land such a blow. And by responding on Instagram, Taylor Swift beat herself while she was already down.

But let’s start at the beginning…

What happened?

Taylor and Kanye have been feuding since he interrupted her 2009 VMA acceptance speech to pronounce Beyoncé queen of all. Things had seemingly been mended until Taylor threw some shade in her 2016 Grammy’s speech for Best Album of the Year, saying that some enemies “will try to undercut your success.”

Many considered the dig was pointed at Kanye for his “Famous” lyrics.

This is where wifey Kim Kardashian West comes into the mix. Last night, in defense of her husband, she posted a series of Snapchat videos to the ephemeral network that show Taylor Swift agreeing to (some) of the lyrics in the song on a phone call between her and Kanye.

Though Snapchats are supposed to disappear, these particular videos live on within the boundaries of the world wide web. You can check out the full series of videos below.

It’s worth noting that Kim (in her short time on Snapchat) has really learned how to make the most of the platform. This video is pre-recorded material, which suggests a home-brew hack. From the looks of it, Kim recorded and edited the call, and then filmed it playing on another screen (her Mac) through Snapchat.

Then, of course, there is another ‘hack’ with the recording of Kim’s Snapchat story for permanent consumption by the internet.

But this isn’t where the story ends.

Taylor Swift abruptly fired back with her preferred social media platform, Instagram.

Check out that caption.

In Taylor’s defense, no part of the video showed her listening to the actual song, and you never hear Kanye relay the “that bitch” lyric to Taylor.

Battlefronts

Each party has chosen their own platform through which they participate in this feud.

When he was actually participating, Kanye was using Twitter. Kim has obviously opted for a lethal Snapchat attack, while Taylor has aired her beef on Instagram.

Kanye = Twitter

Kanye is not one to shy away from a stage. Throughout his tenure as a music/style/attitude icon, he has faithfully used Twitter to voice… just about everything.