Monday, September 14, 2009

Kanye, Kanye, Kanye ...

This is CNN video showing Kanye West going up on stage Sunday Night and embarrassing the talented, and pretty Taylor Swift, age 19, who won an MTV Video Music Award (VMA) for “best female video.” He said she didn't have the best video, but Beyonce Knowles did. Beyonce looked mortified and did the classy thing when she later won for Video of the Year, a more prestigious win. She brought Taylor on stage to give Swift her moment. Showbiz Tonight interviewed Swift backstage, and this video includes that clip as well.

I never have anything nice to say about Kanye West following award shows on which he's appeared. So, last night when I heard he'd made an ass of himself at the MTV Music Awards by disrespecting Taylor Swift, I was not surprised. Since last night I've heard he apologized in all caps--"I'm sooo sorry"--after being shamed by Swift's mom backstage. Good for Taylor's mom!

I also heard that Beyonce, who was dragged into the mess by the mention of her name, behaved graciously, obviously embarrassed by Kanye's crassness.
"I remember being 17 years old, up for my first MTV award with Destiny's Child, and it was one of the most exciting moments of my life," she said, referring to the girl group with which she had her start. "So I would like for Taylor to come out and have her moment." (CNN)
The Beyonce and Taylor Swift photo comes from an MTV story.

Last November I wrote the following about Kanye, who seems to me not a man but a little boy lost.
Jimmy Kimmel alluded to Kanye West being God (or perhaps wanting to be God) in the host's opening routine at the American Music Awards on ABC tonight and also made a crack about West possibly throwing a tantrum. Sadly, West has developed that kind of reputation.
He may be talented, but he has a mental problem of some kind. I keep hoping he gets the help he needs and can certainly understand why people from his own generation are saying he gives black entertainers a bad name.

Oh, and this is funny: Obama health care speech/Kanye West MTV Awards mash-up.

1 comment:

Kate Burton said...

I couldn't agree with you more. When he screwed things up at Bonnaroo 2008 to the degree that other musicians were making jokes about him I thought he might get some help.

Maybe this will be enough. Whether it's an addiction problem or mental illness I certainly couldn't say but he needs help.