WATCH: VIDEO of Kanye West and Spike Jonze’s “We Were Once a Fairytale”
Yo Kanye! I am really happy for you and I’mma let you finish but… seriously? The Spike Jonze-directed short film starring Kanye West, “We Were Once a Fairytale” follows the plastered rapper at a club. Kanye, embarrassingly drunk, mocks his notorious reputation as he obnoxiously shows off his money, distastefully hits on women, and immodestly freaks out when the DJ plays his song.
The 808s & Heartbreak song, “See You in My Nightmares” fades in and out becoming less and less audible as Kanye gets more and more wasted. The flashing lights of the dance floor blur the stumbling rapper creating a dizzying drunk vision.
Upon watching the 11-minute film, most will dismiss it as Kanye just being Kanye. I mean, isn’t this what everyone imagined drunk (or sober) Kanye to be like in real life — crazy eyes, passing out on top of girls, and for the most part, everyone ignoring him?
But really, this is likely just Kanye’s egotistical way of apologizing for his ego. Yanking out the furry Maurice Sendack-like creature and letting it stab itself symbolizes Kanye’s destruction of his ego, or at least his desire to do so. And although this was originally filmed almost a year ago before the VMA stunt, its release this week couldn’t be more timely (and it’s not like that was the public’s first realization, anyway).
— Carly Wolkoff, Front-of-Book Editor