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James Gunn backs Pete Davidson after Kanye West’s disturbing dig in ‘Eazy’

The director, who worked with Davidson on 'The Suicide Squad', calls the comedian one of the "sweetest guys I know"

By Charlotte Krol

James Gunn and Pete Davidson are seen in a composite image
James Gunn; Pete Davidson. (Picture: Wikimedia Commons/ Anthony Quintano; Mhidalgo23)

James Gunn has voiced his support for Pete Davidson after Kanye West shared a music video for his recent single ‘Eazy’ in which a claymation model of the ‘SNL’ comedian is buried alive.

‘The Suicide Squad’ director, who cast Davidson for a small role in the 2021 film, came to his friend’s defence in the wake of the controversy.

He wrote on Twitter: “For the record, Pete Davidson is one of the nicest, sweetest guys I know. A truly generous, tender, and funny spirit, he treats everyone around him with respect.”

The tweet was liked by Davidson’s girlfriend, Kim Kardashian, who this week was declared “legally single” after the conclusion to the latest hearing in her ongoing divorce from West.

In the track ‘Eazy’, which is a standalone collaboration with The Game that was released in January, West raps: “God saved me from that crash/ Just so I can beat Pete Davidson’s ass.”

And in the song’s new music video, Ye is seen carrying a severed head in the video with flashbacks recounting how he came to be in possession of it. He and two henchmen are seen to kidnap a figure who bears a strong resemblance to Davidson before burying him alive, sprinkling seeds around him. West later trims roses that grow out of the head.

A title card at the end of the video reads: “Everyone lived happily ever after, except Skete you know who – JK he’s fine.” The rapper has previously referred to Davidson as “Skete”.

In recent weeks West has taken pot-shots at Davidson on social media to the point that – in a complaint to the Los Angeles Superior Court asking for her divorce proceedings from West to be accelerated – Kardashian referred to the posts having caused her “emotional distress”.

The news follows Ye releasing ‘Donda 2’ last week – the follow up to ‘Donda’ released last August – and is only available to stream via the rapper’s £200 Stem Player.

Elsewhere, Ye has has reunited with his past collaborator Jamie Foxx, with the pair hinting at a new musical team-up.