Now that Pete Davidson‘s relationship with Kim Kardashian appears to have run its course, Kanye West is taking the opportunity to rub it in the comedian’s face by once again harassing him on Instagram with visuals promoting his early demise.
On Monday, the rapper shared a doctored image of the front page of the New York Times that reads, “SKETE DAVIDSON DEAD AT AGE 28.” “Skete” being the nickname West gave him at the outset of their one-sided feud when Davidson first began dating the Yeezy designer’s estranged wife. The fake headline also took a jab at another celebrity he has beef with, West’s former friend Kid Cudi with a sub-headline that read, “Kid Cudi meant to play funeral but fearful of bottle throwers.” The line is a joke about the musician ending his set early and walking off stage at the Rolling Loud festival in Miami last month after concertgoers threw objects at him. The image is currently the only post on West’s Instagram feed.
This isn’t the first time that West has wished death upon the SNL star either. In March, he released the claymation music video for his song “Eazy” in which he raps, “God saved me from that crash / Just so I can beat Pete Davidson’s ass,” while he kidnaps a cartoon version of the comedian, buries him up to his neck, and then plants rose seeds all around his head. The claymation-version of the rapper then picks the roses and throws them in the back of his truck, a clear reference to the Valentine’s Day gift he gave Kardashian this year despite their separation. The final frame of the video also reads, “EVERYONE LIVED HAPPILY EVER AFTER, EXCEPT SKETE YOU KNOW WHO. JK, HE’S FINE,” with the word “SKETE” scratched out. Kardashian was declared legally single from West in March and the judge also ruling she can legally drop West from her last name.
In a second animated video for the song, a bloody skinned monkey beats up a blurred-out Davidson wearing a hoodie that says “Skete.” While the rapper faced enormous backlash for his portrayal of the comedian in both clips, he wrote on social media at the time, “Art is therapy just like this view. Art is protected as freedom of speech. Art inspires and simplifies the world. Art is not a proxy for any ill or harm. Any suggestion otherwise about my art is false and mal intended,” adding a black heart emoji.
On Friday, it was reported that Kardashian and Davidson ended their relationship after nine months together with a source “close to the reality star” telling Page Six that, “Kim and Pete have decided to just be friends. They have a lot of love and respect for each other, but found that the long distance and their demanding schedules made it really difficult to maintain a relationship.” Another insider added that their difference in age partially contributed to the split, explaining, “Pete is 28 and Kim is 41—they are just in very different places at the moment. Pete is totally spontaneous and impulsive and wants her to fly to New York, or wherever he is on a moment’s notice, but Kim has four kids and it isn’t that easy. She needs to focus on the kids.”
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