It's official, I'm the only person left in the U.S. that supports Kanye West's outburst during MTV's Video Music Awards (VMA) 2009. If you don't already know, he's in all over the news because he rushed the stage during the award ceremony and took the microphone from the winner of the Best Female Video, Taylor Swift. He vocalized his preference for Beyonce's video and returned the microphone to a stunned and speechless Swift.
For this he's had media reign down on him and even the president has called him a "jackass." After numerous public apologies, he also phoned Swift directly to apologize and she reportedly accepted. But, public dissatisfaction of his outburst continues.
Here's my thought, MTV is pretty much gone down the tubes since introducing more programming than music videos. They debuted the first reality TV show, Real World, that effectively has influenced TV programming since then. Not good. As for the VMAs, it's a joke, showcasing "talent" that's agreed upon by corporations versus recognizing true artists.
Kayne has spoken his mind about this before. Last year's VMAs celebrated the train wreck Britney Spears instead of bowing to a Kanye's amazing Album, Graduation.
In general Kayne says what's on his mind and he believes he's offering justice when no one else is willing to cross the line. Who can forget his classic statement, "Bush hates black people," during a fundraiser for Katrina victims.
What's notable is he exposed the blatant racism that appears in media and the so-called aid for the victims, most are black. This is bold behavior and earns my respect for sure. So, when he spoke for Beyonce at the risk of hurting Taylor, he was acting on his sense of justice. The truth is, any of the other ladies nominated deserved the award much more than Taylor. It was obvious to me so I guess it was glaringly obvious to Kayne.
In short, in a time where so few stand up for what's right, we should not demonize the few brave souls but rather allow them to do what they need to do. They speak a truth for many and this truth is rarely if ever heard in mainstream media. I hope the lynch mobs will subside and Kayne will recoup to keep his strength and admirable sense of social outrage. He may not always pick the best battles to fight, but he's clear of the war on justice.