Kanye West Screens "Famous" In NYC, Stephen Colbert and Lena Dunham React, Radiohead's Ed O'Brien Weighs In On Religion
Tue, 28 Jun 2016 11:07:50
Last week Kanye West unveiled the first visual from The Life of Pablo at a viewing show at Los Angeles venue, The Forum. Soon after debuting "Famous," West tweeted (and since deleted) "Can somebody sue me already." The music video for "Famous" is currently only available to watch on TIDAL, (while a censored version was aired on E!, Pitchfork reports) which means plenty of fans haven't seen it yet. That's where last night's NYC screening comes in: West projected the video onto walls of buildings on street corners around the city.
FAMOUS VIEWINGS IN NYC TONIGHT LITTLE W 12TH & 10TH AVENUE WATTS & THOMPSON EAST HOUSTON & LAFAYETTE AVENUE C & 6TH STREET— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) June 28, 2016
The video depicts a group of celebrities naked in bed: Kanye, Kim Kardashian, Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Amber Rose, Donald Trump, Caitlyn Jenner, Bill Cosby, Ray J, Chris Brown, Anna Wintour, and George W. Bush.
Stephen Colbert was miffed that he got left out of the final cut. Watch the Late Show host's lighthearted send up:
Lena Dunham, meanwhile, was less than enthused about the video. Yesterday, she shared her reaction in an op-ed Facebook post. Dunham writes:
"Let's break it down: at the same time Brock Turner is getting off with a light tap for raping an unconscious woman and photographing her breasts for a group chat... As assaults are Periscoped across the web and girls commit suicide after being exposed in ways they never imagined... While Bill Cosby's crimes are still being uncovered and understood as traumas for the women he assaulted but also massive bruises to our national consciousness... Now I have to see the prone, unconscious, waxy bodies of famous women, twisted like they've been drugged and chucked aside at a rager? It gives me such a sickening sense of dis-ease."
Kanye has expressed his own views on the video in an interview for Vanity Fair. The rapper claims the video is "not in support or anti any of [the people in the video], it's a comment on fame."
Lastly, Radiohead's guitarist Ed O'Brien apparently had a talk with Kanye "about four years ago" where the two connected over a discussion of British musicians' religious beliefs, Pitchfork reports. O'Brien said,
"If you asked pretty much any British musician whether they believed in God, I'd tell you that 99% of them would say, ‘Don't be stupid, of course not.'" It blew his mind. He was like, "You cannot be serious.""
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—The ARTISTdirect Staff