15 Things We’ve Come To Realize This Year

Photo via Kylie Jenner

2016 was truly a year of “realizing stuff”

On January 20, 2016, the prophet Kylie Jenner predicted this year will be the year of "realizing stuff." In a video posted to her YouTube channel, she said, "Everyone around me, we're all just, like, realizing things." True! One platitude is worth a thousand words. And with a little less than three days left before 2017 comes barging into our lives like the gigantic Kool-Aid pitcher it is, the time to take stock in what we've realized has never been more appropriate.

They say you have to think something into existence, but no one could possibly have thought Harambe would happen; the same can be said of Kim Kardashian West's CVS-length "Famous" receipts. And the election? Sheesh. Perhaps the youngest Jenner simply uttering that simple phrase was enough to set the gears in motion. Either way, we've come to realize some real lies with our real eyes... among other things, of course. Read on for our discoveries.


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Don't Mess With Kim Kardashian West
Taylor Swift said she was going to take time off after her 1989 World Tour wrapped. "I think people might need a break from me," she said. Then Kanye West released his album, The Life of Pablo, which featured the song "Famous," which contained the lyric "I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex/ Why?/ I made that bitch famous," which did not sit well with Team Swift. The months-long ordeal found Swift playing the victim to Kanye West's predator... again. West said he personally called Swift to get her approval of the lyric; Swift said he only called to see if she would release the song on her social channels. Kardashian West told GQ there was video proof of the phone call; Swift allegedly threatened legal action if the Wests didn't get rid of the tape. Come July, after an episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians that featured Kardashian West fuming over the Swift ordeal aired, she uploaded clips of the phone call video to Snapchat. I-C-O-N-I-C.

Twitter immediately started the #KimExposedTaylorParty hashtag, reveling in the veil being lifted off of pop's pristine princess. Not only was Swift exposed for lying and playing the victim, she was exposed for manipulating the press. The exposure didn't do much damage, though. Her tabloid-making relationship with Tom Hiddleston, which ended not too long after that, wound up buzzing longer than her exposure, but forget the #KimExposedTaylorParty we will not.