The music video was inspired by a painting by Vincent Desiderio. The NSFW video functions Kanye buck-naked in a big bed with lifestyle-like nude, prosthetic bodies of celebrities, including Donald Trump, Rihanna, Bill Cosby, Taylor Swift and, of course, Kim Kardashian-West.
They all silently lie nonetheless in bed, seemingly breathing, tangled together in a white sheet. Grainy, unflattering VHS-quality footage focuses on random (at times NSFW) physique components and faces from different angles for about 6 minutes before the video cuts to a vivid, picturesque overhead HD shot of the very same sleeping Kanye. The camera then gradually zooms out into a wide shot that reveals the complete tableau of bodies in the bed. The music video is heavily inspired by the 2008 painting Sleep by Vincent Desiderio and the handfisted metaphor about celebrity and fame was not lost on audiences. (I suggest, the song is named "Renowned .") Opinions on the music video have ranged from discovering it provocative to judging it sickening. Kanye himself is anticipated to be sued more than its controversial nature. Xiomara Blanco is an associate editor for CNET Testimonials.
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