Twitter jokers celebrated this track by widening a generational divide.
Shortly after the track was announced, Kanye's fans took to Twitter to seemingly express bewilderment at who West's "new" collaborator was.
I usually don't pay much attention to Kanye West, but it's cool he's launched this 'Paul McCartney' dude's career pic.twitter.com/1iaTOLRkr9— Oliver Age 24 (@OliverAge24) January 3, 2015
Predictably, Beatles fans were not amused.
If you don't know who #PaulMcCartney is, you don't deserve your ears.— Eric Vale (@ericvale) January 3, 2015
And it's easy to whip pop music reactionaries into a lather about Millennials, their "faith in humanity," and "not wanting to live on this planet anymore" but, as Faster Louder points out, this "controversy" is almost certainly a case of people failing to grasp Internet sarcasm: As the bio of Twitter user @CurvedDaily states: "None of you guys can take a joke."
Adds user @BaeAsHell, in what is almost certainly a 100% serious tweet:
why did people used listen to bugs?— ur bae (@BaeAsHell) January 3, 2015
So, calm down, everybody. We're reminded of the classic Beatles lyric: "And in the end, the re-Tweets you take are equal to the re-Tweets you make."