After an unfinished cut was leaked in December, the official version of Kanye West's "Monster" video is here. And while the lighting is much improved, the violent content — which spurred a mini-backlash when the embryonic clip was first released — has remained. On hand: howling she-vampires; grisly zombie meal times; Rick Ross toting a chainsaw for explicit, non-forestry reasons; decapitated heads; and all manner of dead women. The biggest difference, then, is the disclaimer now tacked on to the introduction: "The following content is in no way to be interpreted as misogynistic or negative towards any group of people. It is an art piece and it shall be taken as such." The declarative tone of the latter sentence is maybe a touch ambitious, though: Is a disclaimer enough for you not to take this opportunity to read into 'Ye's possibly troubled psyche? Secondary concern: Why no disclaimer about the lack of Justin Vernon?
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