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It Was A Good Show Despite Kanye's Disrespectful Moment

  • Sep 14, 2009
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We'll talk about Kanye, but I think I have to review the big video awards as a whole.  But you better believe Kanye had something to do with the rating.  I'd probably go negative if it weren't for the fact that Kanye wasn't the whole VMAs... even though he probably thinks it should be.  Aside from that, however, there was a lively show with good performances but the best moments were actually in the beginning when they gave a tribute to Michael Jackson, and when Beyonce won video of the year and did the classy thing and let Taylor Swift have the moment that Kanye West so rudely took away from her.

That's not to say there weren't interesting moments and we'll get to them.  I do have to say that it is sad that the only time MTV seems to actually be MTV is during the Video Music Awards.  Where are all the music videos and all the "Music Television" stuff BEFORE the VMAs?

Yet the one moment that everyone is more focused on than any other is when Taylor Swift got her award for Best Female Video.  During a moment that should've been Taylor Swift's, Kanye West interrupted her in the middle of her speech and basically said she didn't deserve it because "Beyonce had one of the best videos of all time."  Describing All The Single Ladies as one of the best videos of all time may be a stretch as it is. 

Later at least, Beyonce did give Taylor Swift her moment:


But let's be honest, what Kanye did in the middle was pretty bold.  It happened early on in the award ceremony, but the moment was so disrespectful and rude you remember it because of the impact of the moment.  Not only did he go up there and talk about Beyonce having one of the best videos but he gives Taylor back the mic in such a cold manner.  And worst of all was that Taylor didn't get to have her moment. 

Let's be clear on one thing.  I don't care if you thought Taylor deserved the award or not.  Upsets and such happen all the time during Award shows.  This isn't about whether or not Beyonce had a better video (she won video of the year for heaven's sake, can people stop complaining that Taylor Swift won now?) this is about Taylor Swift.  She won.  End of story.  You let the winner at any awards show have her moment.  For Kanye to take it away is just asinine. 

A lot of people draw parallels to the moment where Joe Wilson shouted "You Lie!" during Obama's speech.  Let's be clear on two things.  The first is Kanye's moment was far more disrespectful than Joe Wilson.  Joe Wilson didn't storm the stage, grab Obama's mic and shout "You Lie!"  He screamed the words from his seat Joe Wilson shouldn't have to be compared to Kanye West.  That is... VERY unfortunate that these two moments happened within a short while of one another because I don't think Joe Wilson deserves the disrespect of being compared to Kanye West... all Wilson did was interrupt, but he didn't do it in such an overdramatic "Look at me!" fashion.

As for Kanye?  The word "asshole" has many definitions.  But if we looked up the word in the dictionary, I'm sure you'd find a picture of Kanye West.  It's not the first time Kanye has done stuff like this, and that only makes him seem like a bigger douche than he actually is.  Just when you think Kanye West couldn't be a bigger douche... he goes on and does something worse.  But hey, we all know Kanye has to be the best at everything.  If he wants the title of World's Biggest Douche I'm perfectly fine with letting him have that title.  Besides, every industry needs a token dick.  The film industry has people like Tom Cruise.  The literary world has people like Harold Bloom.  The music industry has Kanye West.

But like I said, there's a second thing to be  understood... it would be totally unfair to give the VMAs a -5 just because of Kanye West.  That wouldn't be fair at all, because aside from Kanye West it was a really good show.  The performances were good performances and it was lively.  This is what MTV used to be, and what it's now missing.  MTV used to actually be about music.  It's now become a reality TV channel.  This is what makes the VMAs special.  It's that moment of the year when MTV actually becomes MTV.  And we shouldn't let Kanye's moment spoil the rest of the show for us.  Especially because Beyonce definitely redeemed it by letting Taylor Swift have the moment she so rightfully deserved. 

Another great moment was that Michael Jackson fans got to see the trailer for "This is It!" the documentary film being released showing Michael Jackson during his rehearsal footage preparing for his show just days before he died.  There was much more than that in honor of the King of Pop.  I talked about it briefly, but let's dive in a bit more.  The tribute at the beginning was about twenty minutes or so.  During this time several dancers danced to some of Jackson's best choreographies.  Namely "Thriller" "Bad" and "Smooth Criminal."  During the moment, many of the dancers were dressed in familiar Michael Jackson attire.  If there's one channel that did owe a debt of respect to the King of Pop it was definitely MTV.  And they did a fabulous job.

Other notable performances include Lady Gaga.  Despite wearing questionable clothes, her performance was quite a spirited one.  It was definitely something different.  It probably overdid it just a tad for some people, but it was quite... unique.  Jay-Z peforming with Alicia Keyes was also a fantastic performance.  But if I had a personal favorite it was probably P!nk.  I rather enjoyed her acrobatics.  It was rather nice.

If by chance you missed the VMAs this year and you are interested, I'm sure MTV will be airing it for weeks on end.  In spite of Kanye West's disrespectful manner, the rest of the show was fairly enjoyable.  And I'm happy that Taylor Swift did get to enjoy her moment (as well as giving a fine performance!). 

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September 15, 2009
Way to break it down Sean. I actually missed the VMA's but have enjoyed reading about it. I need to find the Lady Gaga bit. It sounds like something you need to see.... not read about :>)
September 15, 2009
Yeah, there's no way I can really describe Lady Gaga's performance. It was really just something... different. That's the only word to describe it. I'm sure a quick Google search will give you the video.
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Quick Tip by . September 14, 2009
Unbelievable...all-time low for Kanye who lost his mind when he started using Auto Tune.Just like a 2 yr old wanting their cookie RIGHT NOW!
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