Kanye West Blasted by Ruby Rose in Defense of Taylor Swift and 'Women He Has Hurt'
"I was talking to Taylor last night. I wouldn't comment on something before doing due diligence," explains the Orange Is the New Black star
Mere hours after West, 38, debuted his new song – in which he says, “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex / Why, I made that bitch famous / God damn / I made that bitch famous” – Rose, 29, stood up to the rapper via Twitter.
“Too many lines crossed,” Rose tweeted early Friday. “If I put myself in the shoes of the women he has hurt recently. Victims of Bill Cosby, The Slut shaming, Amber [Rose]…” (Rose was referring to West’s stance on Bill Cosby’s rape allegations and now-resolved Twitter feud with his ex-girlfriend Amber Rose – both of which became trending topics this month.)
Rose continued: “And now my dear friend Taylor.. Right before another huge moment for her.. Can I still support him and call myself a feminist? A friend? No.”
Even as the 26-year-old hitmaker’s fans, brother Austin and loyal squad came to Swift’s defense, Rose received backlash online. In response, the Orange Is the New Black star tweeted, “Apologies. Let me go do some more TV work so my opinions can be valid. What was I thinking.”
After Swift’s rep told PEOPLE the singer did not approve the lyrics and “cautioned him about releasing a song with such a strong misogynistic message,” West claimed on Friday morning that Swift inspired the song and "gave her blessings."
Hours later, Rose made it clear that she understood the situation, tweeting, “I was talking to Taylor last night. I wouldn’t comment on something before doing due diligence.”
Rose added in another tweet: “I’m a fan of progress. All progress. Progress towards equal rights. That unites us as one. No homophobia, no racism, no sexism. Period.”
West’s line about Swift – which he explained on Twitter is not a “diss,” but rather an "endearing" mention – comes more than six years after he infamously interrupted her acceptance speech at the 2009 MTV VMAs. Eventually, the stars became friends, she told Vanity Fair in August.
“I feel like I wasn’t ready to be friends with him until I felt like he had some sort of respect for me, and he wasn’t ready to be friends with me until he had some sort of respect for me,” shared Swift. “Kanye and I both reached a place where he would say really nice things about my music and what I’ve accomplished, and I could ask him how his kid’s doing.”