Monday, September 14, 2009

When the SATs Meet the VMAs

Anger over West's disruption at MTV awards
By Lisa Respers France CNN

(CNN) -- The reaction to
Kanye West's hijacking of the microphone from Taylor Swift during her acceptance
speech at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards came quickly and
unequivocally.

Kanye West took the microphone from Taylor Swift during
her speech at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards.

Celebrities and fans alike
expressed their disapproval of West interrupting Swift's win for Best Female
Music Video to tout his appreciation of nominee Beyonce.
"Taylor, I'm really
happy for you," West said after grabbing the microphone from a clearly stunned
Swift. "I'll let you finish, but Beyonce had one of the best videos of all time!
One of the best videos of all time!"
Elliott Wilson, founder and chief
executive officer of
Rap Radar, sat in front of
members of West's entourage at the live Sunday night awards show and said the
mood quickly turned from one of surprised amusement to anger.


"At first, people weren't sure if it was kind of like a
gag," Wilson said. "You could feel everybody being nervous and not knowing if it
was a prank or something. Then people started booing him really
loud."


Wilson said he believes that West -- who he said bounded
on stage from his seat in the front row near Beyonce -- intended to have his say
before allowing
Swift to continue but said the rapper became
angered by the crowd response in a moment that wasn't captured by the MTV
cameras.


Kanye West : Taylor Swift :: Joe Wilson : Barrack Obama

Main thoughts:
1.) If the only way you can get people to listen is by stealing someone else's spotlight, then your message just isn't good enough.

Seriously -- you're going to argue over who deserved to win the Best Video award? Does it really matter who wins? I thought the trophies were just a formality. Even so, show some respect to the professionals around you that you claim to be a part of.

2.) Your opinion really isn't important to me or anyone else, just because of who you are.

Kanye West, you are no better than anyone on the stage. In fact, you're worse -- you lost. Now get off the stage and let the winner make her speech.

3.) If you can't form an intelligent argument then keep your mouth closed.

And you don't have time to in a 10-second blurb. So take your thoughts and save them for an outlet that you can make a point through. Like a blog (Hello, Kanye), or an Op-Ed piece (Joe Wilson).

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