Taylor Swift fires back
Hours later, Swift posted the above Instagram photo of a Note, a favorite move of celebrities looking to get something off their chests while also seeming down-to-Earth and relatable. In it, she carefully pivots away from the notion that she was shocked by the song and instead emphasizes that she didn't know about the word "bitch" in the line, which, in her defense, is not discussed in the clip.
"Where is the video of Kanye telling me that he was going to call me ‘that bitch’ in his song?" she asks in the note. "It doesn't exist because it never happened. You don't get to control someone else's emotional response to being called ‘that bitch’ in front of the entire world.”
She goes on to link this Snapchat video as a part in a string of events that she sees herself as an unwilling participant in, dating all the way back to the Beyonce "Single Ladies" incident at the VMA's. "Being falsely painted as a liar when I was never given the full story or played any part of the song is character assassination," she writes. "I would very much like to be excluded from this narrative, one that I have never asked to be a part of, since 2009."