Monday, September 14, 2009

Requisite Kanye West Post

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
Everything else was probably fairly choreographed. I don't know if it was all MTV's idea, or if attention whore Kanye pitched the idea to them, but I just can't believe that it was all spontaneous. I mean, how does Gay Fish get on stage? Seriously. Don't they have tight security at a show like that? And wouldn't they want to be especially vigilant about letting a known asshole just wander up there when someone else is in the middle of an acceptance speech? Then, when he got onstage, why didn't they just kill the mic? He was allowed to blather on until he was finished, and then they killed the mic after it was given back to Swift, so all she was able to do was stand there looking stupid and sad.

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?


Dr. Kenneth Noisewater said...

Kanye knows what he's doing. People have sais his name a million times today. No press is bad press. Either that or he's just an idiot.

Cora said...

I didn't see it live either, but I just caught it over on God's blog. Wow.

You're right, BeckEye, why didn't they kill the mic and where was security?!?! Good call. Staged!!

Phats said...

I would think someone who does a pop culture blog would watch the VMA's for sure! Lots of stuff ALWAYS happens at the VMA's.

I don't think it was staged, mostly because he has done this many times before, including at the European VMA's I think it's just his way.

Lady Gaga is plain and simple CRAZY.

Malcolm said...

If it was staged (which I don't think it was), it backfired because Kanye is catching all sorts of heat and rightly so. As for the legitimacy of Beyonce's save, I think it was on the up and up.

Candy's daily Dandy said...

Biiiiitch Pleeeeese....

Kayne is such an ass...dude, shut the F up. You got something to say?? That's what your blog and Twitter are for.


Shelly said...

Shhh...don't give Lady Gaga any ideas. That bitch is crazy.

Penny said...

ha ha ha ha...yeah...poor Gaga..
That was a creep-tastic performance.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

You may have just called this one, but regardless, Kanye makes my day whenever he opens his stupid mouth. Or smashes his keyboard typing under the influence of rageahol.

red said...

Lady Gaga freaks me out, but I like that "Poker Face" song.

The Imaginary Reviewer said...

I agree with Red. I also agree with anyone who says that Kanye has all the rapping ability of 50 Cent but without the class and winning personality.

Soda and Candy said...

Holy Christ that picture of "Lady" Gaga is disturbing.

I think Kanye is a total douche. And I also smell publicity stunt. I definitely believe it was a producer rather than Beyonce that decided to get Taylor Whatshername out again.

Dr Zibbs said...

As I tweeted (@DrZibbs), "Does anyone have a pulley? I'm gonna dress up as Kanye's mom's ghost and float down to his window to tell him he's an a-hole."

As for Lady Gaga - that was the most absurd performance. And the outfits she were wearing made me laugh like hell. What a poser.

Cormac Brown said...

The man needs his head drained before his ever-expanding ego makes it explode like that old kung fu flick that Kilborn used to run on the orignal "Daily Show."

CDP said...

I'm just here ensuring that you're complying with pop culture blogger regulations and that the requisite Kanye post was completed as required. Carry on, as you have a Patrick Swayze post to write.

words...words...words... said...

If Lady Gaga hosts next year's VMAs, I might actually watch. Who ever thought Bjork's swan would look quaint?


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