Kanye West confused Texas fans, announced ‘Famous’ screening in Houston that didn’t happen

FILE - In this Aug. 30, 2015, file photo, Kanye West accepts the video vanguard award at the MTV Video Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. West and Adidas are expanding their partnership that began almost two years ago with retail hubs for his Yeezy products and additional sportswear designs. The sportswear company announced the collaboration on Wednesday, June 29, 2016, and described it as the most significant partnership between a non-athlete and an athletic brand. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)
In this Aug. 30, 2015, file photo, Kanye West accepts the video vanguard award at the MTV Video Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)

On Friday, Kanye West posted a series of tweets announcing pop-up viewings of his latest music video “Famous” all around the U.S. — including two in Houston. Similar to the way he debuted the controversial video in New York City, the video was expected to be projected on the walls of city buildings.

According to Twitter’s time stamp, West tweeted at 9:13 p.m. “Famous viewings in Houston starting @9:30PM Texas Avenue and Jackson Street South Main Street and Fondren.”


Basically, West gave Houstonians all of 17 minutes to get to the screening, which many pointed out wasn’t enough time. West didn’t seem to take time zones into account with his posts, giving people in Philadelphia only a two minute heads up.

The really strange thing about all of this is that no one seemed to be able to find these screenings. Houston fans kept tweeting about searching for the videos on the intersections West posted but came up with nothing. Similar situations happened in Philadelphia, Seattle, and Miami. It’s still a little unclear if the video screened anywhere at all.

West also made his video available on YouTube Friday. Here’s what Houston fans had to say to West’s tweet:




Whataburger’s Twitter is the celebrity accountability tool we need

It’s been a big week for Kanye West.

His new album, “The Life of Pablo,” dropped late Saturday exclusively on music-streaming service Tidal. The album has been getting great reviews, but most of the headlines mentioning Yeezy this week have nothing to do with music. And Whataburger was there to capture it all, according to Revelist.

OCTOBER 30, 2015 - Commuters look on from the Whataburger restaurant near I-35 and Texas 123 as the intersection floods stranding drivers in San Marcos, Texas, on Friday, October 30, 2015. RODOLFO GONZALEZ / AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN

It all started the day before “Pablo’s” premiere at the Yeezy Season 3 Fashion Show, when West, well-known for his use of social media, began firing on all Twitter cylinders. The Texas-based burger chain promptly fired back.

Two days later, West came under fire for the subject of some of the lyrics to “Famous,” where he took a swipe at Taylor Swift in the latest volley of a feud that’s been going on since 2009:

“I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex/ Why, I made that b—- famous.” (West apparently thinks he made the pop singer famous when he, you know, interrupted her acceptance speech at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards.)


Whataburger was there to monitor the hip-hop star’s actions, though.

And to her credit, Swift shot back in her Grammys acceptance speech Sunday night when she took home the Album of the Year Award for “1989.”

“There are going to be people along the way who will try to undercut your success, or take credit for your accomplishments or your fame, but if you just focus on the work and you don’t let those people sidetrack you …” Swift said.

As if that weren’t enough, some of audio of West, leaked from backstage at “Saturday Night Live,” hit the Internet earlier this week. Highlights (lowlights?) include West calling Swift a “fake-a–,” and proclaiming himself to be “50 perfect more influential” than director Stanley Kubrick, evangelist Paul the Apostle, painter Pablo Picasso and drug dealer Pablo Escobar. (The last three names presumably factored into “Pablo’s” album title).

And who could forget West brazenly asking Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg for money to “invest in Kanye West ideas”?


The latest subtweet from Whataburger to West on Monday left things on a warmer note. The chain posted this message:

Which was probably in response to another Wonderful West Tweet:

Kanye West Tweet

This wasn’t the first time Whataburger has inserted itself into celebrity feuds. The brand famously took on the Drake/Meek Mill spat last year, and they started a beef with Wingstop shortly after the Drake battle.

Hopefully whoever is running the Whataburger’s Twitter account will keep up the good work. They’re not the superhero we need in these troubled, feuding times, but they’re the hero we deserve.

Now — time to go get a burger.