Monday, September 14, 2009

Kanye Mess, Uh Er, West's UnGentlemanly Behavior

From The Root, Jozen Cummings opines about Mr. West's show stealing blunder at last night's VMAs. And I totally agree:

"The MTV Video Music Awards were supposed to be about Michael Jackson—a do-over of sorts from the rushed, slapped-together tribute to the King of Pop displayed at this year’s BET Awards back in June. But in one quick moment, Kanye West did something so out of pocket, even BET would have been ashamed.

Anyone who keeps up with things like the MTV Video Music Awards is familiar with Kanye’s infamous tantrums by now. But last night’s bum rush of Taylor Swift during her acceptance speech for winning Best Female Video topped anything West had ever done. Rude is an understatement. As folks on the street like to say, Kanye acted like a straight chump when he snatched the microphone out of Swift’s hands as she was making her acceptance speech and yelled, “Yo, Taylor … I’m really happy for you, but BeyoncĂ© had one of the best videos of all time!”

Much like Congressman Joe Wilson’s “You lie” outburst during last week’s speech by President Obama to Congress and Serena Williams’ threats of ramming a tennis ball down the throat of a line judge at this year’s U.S. Open, Kanye West managed to reduce a grand occasion into a single sound bite of hot-tempered stupidity. Kanye ruined Swift’s night; it’s true. But he also squandered any hopes of MTV celebrating the mammoth success of his own album, last year’s 808s & Heartbreak, and his contributions to Jay-Z’s The Blueprint 3, the brand new album from the co-headline performance at last night’s Video Music Awards. The man who once famously proclaimed that former President “George Bush does not care about black people” demonstrated that he doesn’t care about white people, at least ones who sing country music and are called Taylor Swift.

Please believe, part of the reason Kanye acted as boldly as he did was fueled by the fact that Taylor Swift is, well, Taylor Swift. She isn’t a black man who can rap, which is why Kanye’s actions are less like a baby and more like a bully...

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