Is Kanye West’s New Video A Problem For All Women?


You know what, let’s give it to Kanye, he knows how to create conversation. His latest video has stepped up the Taylor vs Kanye argument by using her likeness lying in bed amongst a bed of celebrity waxworks.

It is unclear who consented to the use of their likeness, but Anna Wintour and Donald Trump feature too. Chances are you’ve seen this video. In the Career Girl WhatsApp (yeah we have one!) we were talking about how creepy it is. It is unsettling. If you’ve ever heard of the uncanny valley experience, this is it – and that’s why we feel so wrong watching it.

Now, Lena Dunham has written an open letter addressing it: 

“I admire that whole family, love the way they depict women as better in numbers and masters of their own destiny. I’d spend all summer at Kamp Kardashian. But it’s possible to hold two competing thoughts in your mind and the Famous video is one of the more disturbing “artistic” efforts in recent memory.

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.”

Her issue is with the fact that many women she admires are reduced to “pair of waxy breasts made by some special effects guy in the Valley” makes her feel uncomfortable, and angry about the statement Kanye is making.

Life imitates art

On the other hand, many people are arguing that Kanye can’t be making the statement she thinks he is, with a daughter of his own he doesn’t want to portray an image that makes women feel unsafe. They cite the fact that Kanye took inspiration from the painting Sleep by Vincent Desiderio. The whole aim of his video is to get people talking, and that’s what we’re doing.

Some people have said that the whole aim is to show what fame does to people. The video strips them of their clothes, strips them of the gaze, shows them as they are. They point out that Kanye has deliberately grouped people together according to stories surrounding them. We see Rihanna and Chris Brown, Bill Cosby, Kim and Kanye, Caitlyn Jenner, Donald Trump and Anna Wintour. We know the big stories surrounding them, and yet they all lie in the same bed, the bed they’ve made for themselves.

So what do we think?

Career Girl Daily wants to empower women for what they can achieve, that’s our goal, and we believe that we’re stronger together. It’s always good to stay in the know, even if it’s just so you can make small talk with your co-workers, if we’re talking about it in the office we’re talking about it about it here, too. So what did you think? Did you think his video was damaging to women?

To be honest, with women like Lena passing comment, it does make you think. Does this echo the cases of women who are unconscious and put in compromising, and sometimes life-changing positions? Would it have been better for Kanye to do an all-male ensemble and omit women from the narrative? Is this just another crazy Kanye idea that we shouldn’t waste time talking about? Share your views with us!

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  1. Not for me because I’m not a Kanye fan. The man is a jackass. Have you seen his fashion line? It gives you a birds eye view of how he feels about consumers. He thinks we’re moronic lemmings who will buy anything or put up with anything because some celebs name is on it. The man (and I use the term loosely) is deranged and I have better things to do with my time.

  2. Can you argue that Kanye’s vision was an artistic take on fame? Sure, but we live in a world where women still struggle with the value society places on our bodies. You can’t take that piece out of the message. Lena Dunham’s right. We’re still reeling from the Brock Turner judgement. It’s cheap to use something currently so volatile and try to claim it as something of higher value. But really, not surprised by Kanye at all.

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