Monday, September 14, 2009

Letter to Kanye West

Dear Kanye,

Well done. Last night at MTV’s Video Music Awards 17-year-old country sensation Taylor Swift won the award for Best Female Video of the Year for “You Belong To Me,” but didn’t get the chance to finish her acceptance speech thanks to you, who took the stage to interrupt her.

“Thank you so much! I always dreamed about what it would be like to maybe win one of these someday but I never actually thought it would happen,” Swift said as she accepted the award, choking up. “I sing country music so thank you so much for giving me the chance to win a VMA award.”

But before she could continue you took the stage to praise one of her competitors, Beyonce, who was nominated for “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It).”

“Yo Taylor, I’m really happy for you, I’m [going to] let you finish — but Beyonce had one of the best videos of all time,” you said, earning the boos of the crowd as Beyonce looked on shocked in the audience.

You were reportedly kicked out of the ceremony shortly thereafter.

Sadly this behavior is nothing new for you, is it Kanye?

In November, 2004, at the American Music Awards, you lost as best new artist to country star Gretchen Wilson – and stormed out of the show. "I was definitely robbed," you later told the Associated Press. "I was the best new artist this year."

Yeah man – fuck those guys – they wouldn’t know true talent if it hit em square in the face.

In September, 2005, at what was supposed to be a Red Cross fund-raising drive for victims of Hurricane Katrina, you delivered a minute-long televised rant criticizing the government's response to the disaster: "George Bush doesn't care about black people," you said. Your comments aired live on NBC on the East Coast and, although they were edited from the West Coast version, the clip went viral. The following week, you were unapologetic. "People have lost their lives, lost their families,” you said. "It's the least I could do to go up there and say something from my heart."

Hell yeah brutha – gotta represent for your peeps – I'm feelin you man.

In November, 2006, after picking up the best hip-hop artist award at the MTV Europe Music Awards, you lost best video to French duo Justice vs. Simian. Outraged, you crashed the stage and interrupted their acceptance speech with a profanity-laced rant: "If I don't win," you said, "the award show loses credibility."

Yup – fuck those Euros – what the hell do they know, anyway?

In September, 2007, at the VMA’s, despite five nominations, you failed to win a single trophy - your second straight year going home empty-handed. In reaction you threw a tantrum backstage. "Give a black man a chance," you yelled. "That's two years in a row!" You then declared that you would never come back to an MTV award show.

The institution’s been tryin to hold down the black man for years – bout time somebody took a stand.

Unfortunately you didn’t stick to your declaration and last night you created a highly uncomfortable situation for young Taylor Swift, while making a huge ass out of yourself in the process. The saddest thing about this latest display, Kanye, is that you probably don't think you did anything wrong. In your twisted mind, you probably figure Beyonce lost the award to Taylor Swift because she’s black and Taylor Swift is white, so therefore your actions were completely justified. Sound about right?

Memo to Kanye West: Dude, the race card is a tired act. You don’t get passed over for awards and ridiculed on shows like South Park and Saturday Night Live because you’re black. No, it happens because you’re an asshole. It’s not all about you, Kanye. As difficult as it is for your tiny mind to comprehend there are actually other talented musicians out there, some who are even more talented than you and the musicians you choose to admire. So stop acting like a spoiled, whiney little bitch every time things don’t go your way, and start acting like a person who deserves the respect of the public. Until then piss off dude. Seriously.


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