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Kanye’s VMA Rant an All-time Low

Even by Kanye’s own standards, last night’s outburst was an all-time low. He acted like a lioness stepping on a kitten for leisure.

A visibly giddy Taylor Swift was in the midst of her acceptance speech for Best Female Video when Kanye stormed onstage, snatched her microphone and proceeded to protest on behalf of Beyonce, who seemed somewhat appalled by Ye’s antics.

When people protest in public it’s usually to further a worthy cause. What purpose did Kanye’s outburst serve? Oh I know, it ensured that post-VMA media coverage would center around Kanye West. Genius.

Surely Kanye could use some advice from his peers. Jay-Z and everyone else in his close circle should sit him down and have a talk with him about the implication of these antics. He’s undoubtedly a music genius, but everytime he makes a nuisance of himself in public he loses a fan or two.

Ironically, Beyonce would go on to win the most prized award of the night, Video of the Year, for the same video West was protesting about. It all came full circle when Beyonce, in a clearly choreographed move, graciously invited Taylor Swift back to finish her acceptance speech.

It’s worth noting that Kanye later apologized via his blog, saying, “I’m sooooo sorry to Taylor Swift and her fans and her mom,” the message said in all caps. “I spoke to her mother right after and she said the same thing my mother would’ve said. She is very talented! … I’m in the wrong for going on stage and taking away from her moment!”

Kudos to Kanye for offering an apology on his blog, which boasts thousands of readers. But the millions of fans who watched the 2009 VMAs will probably remember him as the guy who humiliated a teenager on national television.


Despite having apologized on his blog for ruining Taylor Swift’s VMA moment, Kanye West came under fire for his antics. Fellow artists were outraged by Ye’s outburst. Singer Pink tweeted that “Kanye is the biggest piece of sh-t on earth.” American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson called him “a sad human being,” while Idol runner-up Adam Lambert wrote on his Twitter page, “Kanye needs to chill. He freaks out every year. It ain’t that deep, man.”

During an interview with CNBC, President Obama was caught off record saying that Kanye “acted like a jackass.” Kanye appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno last night and publicly apologized to Swift. He later called the 19-year old country singer to personally apologize for interrupting her at the VMAs.


September 18, 2009 - Posted by | 1

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