Kanye West's Striking "Famous" Video and the Painting and Inspired It

"Appearing" in the nude: Donald Trump, Taylor Swift, Bill Cosby, George W. Bush, Caitlyn Jenner, and others
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"Appearing" in the nude: Donald Trump, Taylor Swift, Bill Cosby, George W. Bush, Caitlyn Jenner, and others
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Last night in Los Angeles, Kanye West premiered the first video for a Life of Pablo track, “Famous”—perhaps the best known track off the album, thanks to Taylor Swift’s fake ass. The video is now streaming on TIDAL behind a paywall, for now. UPDATE: It’s on YouTube!

The tableau vivant was inspired by Vincent Desiderio’s 2008 painting Sleep, and finds several figures in the likeness of celebrities—Donald Trump, Taylor Swift, Bill Cosby, George W. Bush, Rihanna, KimYe, among others—asleep on a bed together nude. 

Regarding the nudity, Kanye told Vanity Fair, “We were very careful with shots that had [something] sexual to take them out.” In typical Kanye humor, he thanks every celebrity in the credits of the video “for being famous.”

You can watch the video below: