Okay, I said I wouldn't blog for a week because of my messed-up neck and I'm still two days away from returning. But I had to say something about the Kanye West "outburst" at the Video Music Awards. Thanks to the pathetic "news" provided by Yahoo, this came on my radar today and the story (as it has been told by entertainment pundits) really annoyed me.
Apparently, this is what happened: Some adorable, sweet, but more or less entirely talentless little nitwit named Taylor Swift won a VMA award for something-or-other. I wouldn't know, because her music sounds like the elevator music they would play in hell right before David Hasselhoff shows up to tell you his philosophy of life. After handing Ms. Swift her award (or rushing the stage, depending on which account you hear), Kanye West turned to the audience and said, "But Beyonce has one of the best videos of all time." Which is inarguably true. Teenage girls and gay men will be doing that choreography until the end of time, and it's not a bad song, either.
Beyonce showed a great deal of class later in the night. After accepting her own award, she called Swift up to the stage and let her have another undeserved minute in the spotlight. Everybody cheered and got a warm fuzzy and it was all good.
Then, the next day, everybody freaked out on Kanye for ruining this young girl's moment. Pink called him "the biggest piece of sh** in the world". Katy Perry said something equally mean that I have already forgotten because it was said by Katy Perry.
Here's the deal. Kanye West says the stuff that everybody is thinking but no one wants to say.
We already knew that George W. Bush didn't care about black people, but it seemed indelicate to say that aloud when he and FEMA were *trying so hard* to help Katrina survivors. We already knew that Taylor Swift is a cookie-cutter purveyor of pop slop who will be doing ProActive infomercials in five years, while Beyonce lounges on the beach of a small country she has just purchased.
We like to pounce on Kanye for blurting out comments that seem to be in poor taste, but let's face it - if our tastes were any better than his, Taylor Swift would not be winning awards. So let's quit slamming the guy, and give him a little bit of credit for saying the stuff we're too chicken to say.
I also wanted to say goodbye to an under-rated, under-appreciated actor. Patrick Swayze earned his acting chops. He shaved his legs and wore fishnets to play a drag queen, he played the motivational speaker from hell, and he could even dance.
We'll miss you.
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