Nine months into their relationship, Pete Davidson and Kim Kardashian have called it quits and, of course, Kanye West has something to say about it.
Throughout their relationship, which was confirmed by Davidson back in February after a rumoured three months of dating, Kanye West repeatedly took aim at Pete Davidson. One of the running gags, or not-so-funny remarks, was to call him ‘Skete’.
But West, Kardashian’s ex-husband, has taken things up a notch in light of the breakup. The latest jibe is a doctored New York Times article which has been brandished as “really not ok” by some fans.
Let’s take a look at some of Ye’s most controversial ‘Skete’ jibes throughout Kim and Pete’s relationship.
Kanye shares fake New York Times article that ‘Skete is dead’
Kicking off the second week of August (Monday, August 8), Kanye West shared a doctored image to his Instagram account of a New York Times article. The fake newspaper had the headline: ‘SKETE DAVIDSON DEAD AT 28’.
The fake image of the newspaper also takes aim at one of Kanye West’s public rivals, Kid Cudi. The pair had collaborated on a number of musical projects over the years, including 2018’s Kids See Ghosts. But all of this changed in light of Kim Kardashian and Pete Davidson’s relationship. As a friend of Davidson’s, Kid Cudi was slammed by Kanye publicly as he expressed feelings of betrayal. “I JUST WANTED MY FRIEND TO HAVE MY BACK THE KNIFE JUST GOES IN DEEPER” Kanye wrote on a now-deleted Instagram post, Pitchfork reports.
The fake New York Times article has a subheading: “Kid Cudi meant to play funeral but fearful of bottle throwers.” This comment is made in reference to Kid Cudi walking offstage at Rolling Loud after being hit with water bottle last month.
Some of Kanye’s best – and worst – swipes at ‘Skete’
Back in February 2022, Kanye West first introduced the world to ‘Skete’. Over the past seven months, Kanye has taken aim at Skete without ever formally identifying it as a nickname for Pete Davidson… although, it’s quite clear to see who he is talking about after Ye shared a photoshopped image of himself and Pete facing off in a Captain America: Civil War meme.
Check out Kanye’s since-deleted post below:
Ye would go on to post a series of comments on social media about Skete. Back in February, again in a since-deleted post, Kanye West reportedly wrote: “IF ANYONE LOVES ME AND MY FAMILY IF YOU SEE SKETE IN REAL LIFE SCREAM AT YHE LOOSER AT THE TOP OF YOUR LUNGS AND SAY KIMYE FOREVER.”
He also told followers on February 13, 2022: “Hold your spouse close make sure they know how much you love and appreciate them because there’s a Skete lurking in every dirty a** alley waiting to help destroy your family and walk around in Calvin Kleins around your children.”
The more controversial jibes aimed at Pete Davidson leading up to the fake article
Following the news of Kim Kardashian and Pete Davidson’s breakup, Kanye West returned to his ‘Skete’ jokes, although this time carried with a more sinister tone. The “Skete Davidson dead at age 28” joke is reminiscent of Kanye’s previous barbs aimed at Pete Davidson.
In March 2022, Kanye West released the controversial music video for “Eazy (ft. The Game)” off Donda 2. Not only does the song feature lyrics about Pete Davidson, but the video stars an animated figure physically resembling the former SNL star. The song hears Ye rap: “God saved me from that crash/ Just so I can beat Pete Davidson’s a**.”
The music video for “Eazy” takes things to a disturbing place, where the rapper appears to bury a clay-animated version of Pete alive.
Style Caster reports that an insider close to Kim Kardashian thought the video was “disturbing”. “She found it really disturbing and is fearful of what could come of it,” the source shared. “She wants to protect Pete just as much as Pete wants to protect her.”