I’m not a fool.
I recognize that MTV is simply not a relevant TV station anymore (Music Television that has all but abandoned music in favor of crap like The Hills/The City/whatever?) but for a long time in my teen years, it was the coolest thing ever.
So I wanted to write about this…
I think Pink’s twitter feed said it best: “Kanye West is the biggest piece of s— on earth. Quote me.”
Last night, teen country/pop sensation Taylor Swift won her first VMA award for Best Female Video, an event which clearly excited her. Her speech began with a big smile and excited comments about how she sings country music and always wondered what it would be like to win a VMA, but never thought it was possibile. Clearly, this was exciting as hell for her.
Then came Kanye West, who seemed to be under this impression that it was his right to walk onto the stage, take the mic from Taylor, and to declare they Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” (Which had been in competition with Swift) was one of the greatest videos of all time. He then handed the mic back to Swift and left the stage, but it was too late and MTV went to commercial. The crowd took up Swifts cause, booing Kanyes outburst and chanting “Taylor, Taylor” but the damage was done.
“I was excited to be onstage because I just won the award. And then I was excited that Kanye West was onstage. Then, I wasn’t excited anymore.” – Taylor Swift.
And poor (clearly rattled) Beyonce sat there in shock and disbelief, then later showed herself to be a true lady of class. Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” won Video of the year, and instead of giving her own speech, she brought Taylor Swift out with her and said the following: “I remember being 17 years old, up for my first MTV award with Destiny’s Child, and it was one of the most exciting moments of my life. So I would like for Taylor to come out and have her moment.”
“F— u Kanye. It’s like you stepped on a kitten.” – Katy Perry, via twitter.
You can claim you’re “real” as often as you like, but this isn’t your first time taking someone else’s moment because you’re an egomaniac and an asshole. (In 2006, he jumped onstage at the MTV Europe Awards when he lost and complained that his video was better.) There is a thing called class, Kanye. Part of being classy is keeping your opinions and actions in check and not being a glory hog. You may not have agreed with the award winner, but you know what? Shut up. Go get some therapy or something. You’re a multi-millionaire musician, it’s a shame you feel the need to resort to stunts in order to feel constantly recognized.
(MTV should also be slapped in the face, for while we all recognize that this is a station that will do anything for ratings, and that the VMAs are about antics rather than music, they should have had better security in place. Look how easy it was for someone to just jump onstage and do whatever they want. Fortunately, it was a rapper with low self-esteem rather than an actual psycho, but seriously…)
(Meanwhile, a 12 year old child bride in Yemen died during childbirth on Friday, and I blogged about this. Wow, this world is wacked out. http://www.cnn.com/2009/HEALTH/09/14/yemen.childbirth.death/index.html?iref=mpstoryview)