James Franco and Seth Rogen rose to Internet stardom after starring in their first rap parody video yesterday. The comedic duo remade Kanye West’s interesting “Bound 2” video, which features the rapper and fiancée Kim Kardashian on a steamy motorcycle ride in front of a green screen. The viral vid “Bound 3” depicted James as Kanye and a shirtless Seth as Kimmy K.
As more and more people viewed and shared the hilarious parody, the world anxiously awaited Kim and Kanye’s response. Well, it’s finally here and we assure you, it’s not what you were expecting.
— Kim Kardashian (@KimKardashian) November 25, 2013
Following her praise of their epic viral clip, Seth and Kim bonded over just how easy Kim made straddling that motorcycle look…
.@KimKardashian thanks! Some of those positions were really uncomfortable. That shit is harder than it looks.
— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) November 26, 2013
Naturally, Kanye had to get in on the action and share his feelings about Franco and Rogen’s portrayal of him and his famous fiancée. Though he didn’t write his own 140 character message, Kim passed along some kind words.
@Sethrogen Kanye says what’s up! He loves u guys! He laughed so hard at this
— Kim Kardashian (@KimKardashian) November 26, 2013
While everyone is loving the “Bound 3” video, the original is stirring up quite a bit of controversy among record label big-wigs.
Def Jam Recordings executives are reportedly ordering that Kim remove the video from her online presence. The video has since disappeared from her official YouTube page and all links to the video on her blog have been changed to direct users to Kanye’s VEVO page, according to RadarOnline.
The video has been viewed upwards of eight-million times, making it one of the most popular videos on the internet in the last week alone. So why all the controversy?
“Whatever Kim or Kanye were thinking, it was a ridiculous decision made without consultation. Kanye is an artist signed to Def Jam and it is the label who makes decisions about where videos and songs are released, not Kanye – and most certainly not Kim,” a source close to the label said.
“From what the label can gather, Kim totally acted on her own accord. Her decision has cost the label a serious amount of money – and in the process, made her revenue from advertising on her YouTube page.”
Maybe Kanye should do his own version with Seth Rogen?