A short film starring the rapper Kanye West and directed by Spike Jonze has been taken down from Mr. West’s official Web site almost as quickly and mysteriously as it appeared. The film, “We Were Once a Fairytale,” is a 14-minute short that depicts a fictional version of Mr. West acting drunkenly and misbehaving in a club, having sex with a woman, vomiting and stabbing himself in the stomach to unleash an inner demon. (The metaphor-laden movie was made by Mr. Jonze, the director of “Where the Wild Things Are,” in January, before Mr. West’s misadventures at the MTV Video Music Awards in September.) The video popped up on kanyeuniversecity.com over the weekend, but it has since been pulled; a message on the Web site said only, “SORRY I HAD TO TAKE IT DOWN :(”
Copies of the video can still be found on sites like YouTube. Representatives for Mr. West and Mr. Jonze did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
WATCH “We Were Once a Fairytale” here. (The film contains profanity and graphic imagery.)