Wow, 2009 has been one heck of the year in pop culture what with all the celebrity deaths (R.I.P. Farrah Fawcett, Michael Jackson, DJ AM, Jim Carroll and Patrick Swayze) and high profile public outbursts (hello, Joe Wilson, Serena Williams and Kanye West). Little did I know, though, that one of the folks in the latter would spawn yet another -gate this year, inadvertantly creating one of the best web memes of 2009, or possibly, ever (sorry, Rick rollers, that's so 2008) -- I present to … more
On September 13, 2009, during the MTV Video Music Awards, while Taylor Swift was accepting her award for Best Female Video award, West went on stage and grabbed the microphone to proclaim that Beyonce's video for "Single Ladies", nominated for the same award, was "one of the best videos of all time." He handed the mic back to an apparently distraught Swift who was unable to finish her acceptance speech during the live broadcast after West received a negative reaction from the audience. It was reported later that he was removed from the remainder of the show for his actions. West later apologized on his blog and subsequently on the Jay Leno Show.