Pursuant to Section 3, Paragraph G of the Pop Culture Bloggers' Association rule book, I am bound to post something regarding any meltdown, outburst, shocking display, or other type of controversial act that occurs at MTV's VMAs. So, yay for them and their unruly child, Kanye. More publicity.
Now, I didn't watch the VMAs because I'm neither under 25 nor am I a masochist. However, I did get to read all about the Kanye/Taylor Swift/Beyoncé hoopla and see the videos (which seem to have disappeared from YouTube) after the show ended.
I'm sure everyone knows what happened, but just in case, here's the PS version. Taylor Swift won the Best Female Video, Kanye interrupted her acceptance speech and yelled into the microphone that Beyoncé had one of the best videos of all-time. People booed. Swift just stood there. Later, Beyoncé won Best Video of the Year and invited Swift back up onstage to "have her moment." Kanye half-assedly apologized on his MUTHA-EFFIN GENIUS BLOG, took the apology down, and then put another one up.
Now, it's not hard to believe that a d-bag like Kanye West would pull such a d-bag move, but I can't help but feel that at least part of this incident was staged to generate buzz. Perhaps I'm so jaded at this point that I assume everything that happens on MTV is 90% scripted, like The Real World or The Hills. It's become like a game to try to hunt for the specks of truth in the giant pile of bullshit.
These are, in my opinion, the specks of truth from last night's shit storm:
- Kanye is an asshole
- Kanye likes to make a spectacle of himself
- Kanye was drunk
- Taylor Swift had no idea what was happening
As far as Beyoncé's save, I'm sure that she's a nice person, but I wonder if it was really her idea to bring Swift back out. (It's just like at the Oscars a couple of years ago, when everyone applauded Jon Stewart as the nice guy for letting Marketa Irglova come back onstage to finish her speech after she'd been cut off, but it turned out that it was actually the director's call.) I just find it all too convenient...Swift had just finished performing and was already backstage when the Best Video of the Year was awarded to Beyoncé. And isn't it strange to begin with that Beyoncé would have won Best Video overall but somehow lost Best Female Video to Swift?
Well, whatever the case may be - real outburst or scripted controversy generator - Lady Gaga must be pissed. She was sure that her performance would be the most talked-about event at the VMAs and stupid Kanye went and ruined it all. What does she have to do next time, cut off a limb?