How The KanTay Drama Inspired An Important Conversation: Celebrity Activism

Morgan Amos
Morgan Amos is an author, book reviewer, blogger, ghostwriter, journalist and writer. Her passion for writing is deeply-rooted in wanting to evoke passion and dialogue among individuals to discuss and take action when it comes to following their dreams. When she’s not writing or reading mystery and thriller novels, she is spending time with her family or watching the latest episode of “Pretty Little Liars.”

The Kim K/Kanye West vs. Taylor Swift feud is already set to go down as the most legendary pop culture battles of all time. After all, it’s not often in these celeb feuds that we actually see documented proof that one of them is uh, well, a liar.

For those of you who apparently haven’t accessed Internet in years and don’t know what I’m talking about, here’s a quick refresher: Back in 2009, Kanye West stormed the stage at the MTV Video Music Awards to explain how Beyonce deserved the Best Female Video award over Taylor Swift. While this certainly led to some bad blood, the two eventually kissed and made up.

Fast forward, it’s 2016, and apparently old habits are hard to break. West and Swift are at odds with each other again, and this time it isn’t over whose video is the best. West and Swift can’t seem to make amends over a song lyric within West’s song “Famous” where he raps, I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex/Why? I made that bitch famous (God damn) / I made that bitch famous. Swift has adamantly denied knowing anything about West’s plans to use her within his song. For the most part, West has stayed mum about the situation, but his wife isn’t one to take things lying down. She came to her husband’s defense and posted the receipts on her Snapchat for all to see, causing a massive Twitter celebration for all who suspected Taylor Swift wasn’t as perfect as her curated Instagram page would lead you to believe.

Clearly Swift couldn’t deny the truth now, her squad has come to her defense. And while we’ve all loved creating memes slamming Taylor Swift and poring over think pieces about how Taylor might never recover, I can’t help but think about what actress Cholë Grace Moretz said on Twitter, “Everyone in this industry needs to get their heads out of a hole and look around to realize what’s ACTUALLY happening in the REAL world.”

A lot of people rolled their eyes at this defense, but is she actually wrong?

There’s a lot of bad in the world today. Police brutality, the situation in Syria, ISIS attacks, Donald Trump existing: it’s scary stuff. And we tend to be shortsighted. Just as we’re quickly forgetting about Taylor’s transgression, we swiftly forget about real world tragedies, too. That’s why it’s kind of refreshing to see celebrities who do put their money where their mouth is, so to speak.

Chloe Moretz is speaking at the DNC this week to galvanize young voters. Celebrities like The Game, Snoop Dogg , Katy Perry, Alicia Keys, journalist Roland Martin, and a host of others have all joined together in an effort to raise awareness and take part in trying to bring an end to the saddening murders happening around the world.

Social media is apparently an amazing place to bring a feud to a quick, bloody end. But celebrities can use it for so much more (and Kim Kardashian has: just check out her essay on Black Lives Matters).

I have a feeling that the rift between the West’s and Swift will soon be yesterday’s news, but we’ll still be left with the realization that Sandra Bland, Philando Castile, Michael Brown, and so many others will never again be with their families.

So here’s to the celebrities who have chosen to utilize their platform in the public eye to have people join together and make their voice heard in the attempt to bring about change,

but more importantly, to have everyone realize that regardless of status, position, race, etc. we are all human beings. In a year as strange as 2016, we apparently need all the help remembering this that we can get.

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