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.”
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.