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September 15, 2009

High-Profile Outbursts: Have We Hit a New Low?

Posted: 12:31 PM ET

Editor's Note: For more on Kanye's outburst and his apologies to Taylor swift, watch Larry King Live tonight at 9pm/6pmET!

By Wil Haygood and Chris Richards via Washington Post

They are dazzling - if uncouth - moments of live theater. A hyped-up individual at a major public event suddenly seizes center stage in the most unbecoming fashion. And just like that, with necks yanking and eyes widening, the crowd has witnessed an unnerving public outburst. art_kanye_gi

Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) calls the president a liar to his face. Serena Williams threatens to stuff a tennis ball down a line judge's throat. Kanye West stomps all over Taylor Swift's moment in the MTV Video Music Awards limelight.

Call it the unexpected news-shaking cameo. It is the convergence of entertainment and moxie, shamelessness and passion. Despite the phalanx of publicists hired to advise a celebrity, an entertainer, an athlete - maybe even a politician - about the rules of decorum, they still seem unable to fathom the downside of outrageous public conduct.

For some celebrities and attention-hijackers, all press is good press, all the time. West, as some have noted, has practically turned this media hyper-awareness into an art form, delivering public fits of pique in precise, well-timed bursts. And after Wilson called out the president during a joint session of Congress, he went from a political unknown to a household name.

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Michelle D. Fonthill,Ont   September 15th, 2009 12:54 pm ET

How rude of Kayne how would he like it if another artist did that to him ?
I feel so bad for Taylor Swift ,this should have been her moment .


Anne   September 15th, 2009 12:57 pm ET

I blame the media for the recent spate of outbursts because they reward bad behavior with days and days of free publcity.

Instead of talking about Obama's awesome speech, you gave all the news coverage to Joe Wilson's unacceptable outburst.

Instead of talking about MIchael Jackson's tribute and Madonnas great speech, you gave all the news coverage to Kanye West.

It will stop when the media stops rewarding this bad behavior.


Jo-Anne Cutler   September 15th, 2009 1:01 pm ET

Have we got it yet? Kanye’s and Serena’s outbursts, Joe Wilson’s “You Lie”, Tiger Woods slamming clubs, Chris Brown’s physical abuse, Bobby Brown’s emotional abuse, Naomi Campbell’s rants, Alec Baldwin’s voicemail, not to mention rising cases of child abuse, road rage and divorce rates! This is our wake-up call! It is clear that the time is now to get emotionally fit! Even Chris said on Larry King that there wasn’t a book and that we don’t know what to do with our emotions (paraphrasing). We have all been there, triggered into our stuff and then reacted inappropriately and projected onto others…yes all of us! So how can we judge any of these people or events? Do we all have anger and rage? The answer is YES! Is it possible to take care of our emotions so that we never ever erupt like a volcano? The answer is YES! Can we find a way to take responsibility for how we feel so we don’t dump it onto others? The answer is YES! Could this be why all these incidents are coming to the forefront? The answer is YES! Can we find a way to have compassion for those who behave like this? The answer is YES! How you ask? By getting emotionally fit ourselves – seeing and owning how we have behaved in the same negative ways when our emotions weren’t in shape! So the question is, have we got it yet? Our kids especially are hoping our answer is YES!


Rachel   September 15th, 2009 1:38 pm ET

Kanye West

It is unfortunate that Kanye is following the examples of the world...drinking excessively, failing to consider how his actions may affect others, selfishness, greed, the list goes on and on.

However, is is obvious that Kanye may be calling out for help. Our we so insensitive, easily to condemn, and judge others for their mistakes and faults. Taylor Swift handled the situation well, considering Mr. West's behavior and actions.

Everyone keeps talking about Kanye stole her moment. Taylor Swift was calm and controlled her anger. Maybe she was the only one who realized that hatred and anger would not have helped the situation.

Why should we condemn Kanye, maybe someone needs to reach out to him (show mercy). Something none of us deserve but are given freely. A mentor needs to step up and reach out to Kanye.


Rachel   September 15th, 2009 1:41 pm ET

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Kanye West

It is unfortunate that Kanye is following the examples of the world…drinking excessively, selfishness, greed, the list goes on and on.

However, isn't it obvious that Kanye may be calling out for help. Are we so insensitive, easily to condemn, and judge others for their mistakes and faults. Taylor Swift handled the situation well, considering Mr. West’s behavior and actions.

Everyone keeps talking about Kanye stole her moment. Taylor Swift was calm and controlled her anger. Maybe she was the only one who realized that hatred and anger would not have helped the situation.

Why should we condemn Kanye, maybe someone needs to reach out to him (show mercy). Something none of us deserve but are given freely. A mentor needs to step up and reach out to Kanye.


Enough   September 15th, 2009 1:41 pm ET

I hardly consider some loser like Kanye West.........High profile. He is nothing but a low life and needs to crawl back under a rock.

Serena Williams throwing her fit, appears she did it to save face, since she was going to lose that match anyway!


Mary   September 15th, 2009 2:32 pm ET

We hit a NEW LOW when wilson disrespected the President of the US

But Yes Kanye was rude but LOW LOW IS WIlson and his GOPERS !


Cali MJ Fan   September 15th, 2009 2:34 pm ET

I agree with Anne's comments above.

Add another line–

Tonight when you are remembering Patrick Swayze, a man with a wonderful heart and soul, more reports of Kanye's outburst will be woven in.

Bleeeeck! I don't care about Kanye. He's stolen enough thunder from others.


pena   September 15th, 2009 2:43 pm ET

the kanye outburst. was a eye opener. If It was the other way around. everyone would be saying it was racist. same thing with the obama picture. it's been done to very president during tought time. I think Kanye was being racist because a white person won. that's why he didn't know it was wrong until someone told him and saw everyone upset. it seem people are afraid to point out when black people are racist. Like the professor who was arrest. he touht the cop was racist because he was white.


Roxanne   September 15th, 2009 2:50 pm ET

Yes, we've hit a new low...on television, radio and comment boards. Our culture is becoming one big reality TV show (which by no means was ever "real," but simply obnoxious).


Jeri   September 15th, 2009 3:08 pm ET

When the President of the United States is addressing a Joint Session of Congress – regardless of political differences, a member of Congress MUST maintain decorum during the speech. Is that too much to ask?

Republican Joe Wilson's rude and unprofessional outburst is an all-time historical low. The lack of respect shown to President Obama during his speech is a horrendous reflection upon Wilson. After his lame "apology" Wilson then had the nerve to ask for money to profit from his rudeness. What a piece of garbage in government!


Hugh ~ Tracy, California   September 15th, 2009 3:16 pm ET

Kanye West is an obnoxious jerk! How would he react is someone did the same to him if he was accepting an award?! He should be barred from the stage in future MTV awards ceremonies. If he violated an MTV rules of conduct he should barred from next year's awards show–even if he is a nominee. West has no class!


lex   September 15th, 2009 3:43 pm ET

dnt put serena's outbrust in the same category as kayne or dat republican


Jacquelyn   September 15th, 2009 3:44 pm ET

God Bless you Kanye West. Yes what Kanye did was wrong But what others did was far worst. When the President speech got interrupted no one said a thing. This is not only Kanye's fault what happened but MTV as well. MTV knew full well what they was doing when they let Kanye go up there. The security decided to go up there after the fact so no one can tell me they didnt know. They told Beyonce to let Taylor have her moment so you should all be happy. Everyone of them will continue to sell records and shine even more.


lindafromnewyork   September 15th, 2009 3:48 pm ET

Anne–I agree 1000%

What hapened to the Michael Jackson Tribute? or Madonna's beautiful speech.

Rude behavior is not only applauded but rewarded in this country so why attack Kanye West?-


lindafromnewyork   September 15th, 2009 3:49 pm ET

Lex

I agree–Serena Williams is in a completely different class.


Kayla   September 15th, 2009 3:50 pm ET

You Know leave him alone he said he was sorry she said it was ok leave him alone he does not deserve it at all. How would you guys all feel if some one would not let you guys live some thing down????


Amber (Orlando)   September 15th, 2009 3:51 pm ET

Jacquelyn....put down the crackpipe. MTV did not know what Kanye was about to do. It was LIVE honey? Do you know what LIVE means? Kanye was wrong no matter how you look at it.

I wonder how Kanye would have reacted if some white dude had jumped up and interrupted Beyonce's speech, stating that some white artist had a better video. He'd be shouting "RACISM" at the top of his annoying lungs. Thank God Beyonce has class and did what she did later in the show! Thank you Beyonce. Kanye...go rot, you ignoramous!


Roland-St George, UT   September 15th, 2009 3:56 pm ET

The way he just stood up and interrupted Taylor, yelling at the top of his lungs, acting like a moron, did Kanye think he was at a town hall meeting about health care or what????


TJ   September 15th, 2009 3:56 pm ET

What no one seems to be talking about is that Kanye West obviously has a drinking problem. Would he have gone up on stage if he hadn't been walking around swigging a bottle of cognac all evening? Maybe not. The last time he did the same in Europe, he blamed the bottle. Yes he's obnoxious and rude and self-centered, even narcissistic and he should have some severe consequences for his behavior but absolutely no question that he's an active addict. What does it take for someone to intervene on his using before it's too late? When does the media start calling a spade a spade?


veronica   September 15th, 2009 3:59 pm ET

poor Taylor, just before Kanye west grabbed the mike she had said that she always dreamed of what it would be like to recieve a vma. How selfish was he to act like he did.

Russell Brand was very rude to many people who were at the awards there was no need for it. I felt sorry for Lady GaGa she must have been mortified with all the coments.


angelique   September 15th, 2009 4:01 pm ET

I looove Taylor Swift!! I, too was shocked at what transpired at the VMA's!! Doesn't everyone realize that alcohol makes people do crazy things? After kanye's heartfelt feeling on Leno, I think he deserves another chance, and how about a rap video "featuring Kanye and Taylor"...woohooo!!!


Jacquelyn   September 15th, 2009 4:06 pm ET

Roland-St George, UT

And where did Joe think he was? His outburst could have been save until everything was done or go to the President himself with his thoughts. Just like Kanye's could have waited, but MTV knew what they were doing from the get go. If it was that bad to them they would have stopped airing the footage over and over again. But they wont because It brought them 11 millions viewers in rating their highest ever thats why. Thats why they keep showing it. THEY love this type of stuff. Even if Kanye do not show up at another award ceremony they will do something else.


Jacquelyn   September 15th, 2009 4:09 pm ET

Correction

27 million viewers watched.

Now this should have been strictly Janet Jackson tribute to Michael Jackson night but no it wasnt. I wouldnt be surprise if this was deliberately done so the media wouldnt have to put out anything positive on Michael. It happened before.


digginthis   September 15th, 2009 4:09 pm ET

I don't even know what happened with Kanye West and Taylor Swift because I've been too busy- and I'm glad I don't know. That's how the rest of the world should feel – whatever he did should not be rewarded -why is it getting so much attention?, I'd rather hear about positive things. And yes, I'm sure he's crying out, but he probably needs professional help, not just our sympathies. .


solty   September 15th, 2009 4:18 pm ET

this man really shouldnt talk the way he did


Jacquelyn   September 15th, 2009 4:28 pm ET

TJ

When the media grow up themselves and do what is right and stop printing garbage and lies about people. If they ever did that Michael probably still be alive today. But as long as they have stories (negative) and people are buying it and there cash flow is coming in it wont.


Jacquelyn   September 15th, 2009 4:45 pm ET

Amber (Orlando)

Live events are scripted as well. So take your head out of your ass. I said he was wrong. Half time was Live too the one with Janet and they said that was scripted too. Go online and read it.


Jacquelyn   September 15th, 2009 4:49 pm ET

The VMA's was suppose to be about Janet and her tribute as well as Michael this should be focus and nothing else.


Teresa   September 15th, 2009 5:03 pm ET

Too few people actually respect others anymore. What happened to the days when showing respect was automatic for most people? I was walking in a a store the other day and a young boy walked by and burped extremely loud near my ear and he didn't think anything of it. People are too quick to tell everyone what they think. People don't even say excuse me anymore. Respect is dying out. Kanya West has no respect for anyone but himself. So many of our younger generation are like that and it is becoming more acceptable in public. I see this all the time. We need a "Respect Each Other" campaign. This world has become all too much about "me, me me".


Jacquelyn   September 15th, 2009 5:23 pm ET

bette

I dont have to look into anything.What other people do have nothing to do with me. But Like I said since the beginning he was dead wrong. He can voice his opinion but there is a time and place for everything. But why put in race when the stations are not mentioning it as a racist issue. This will further divide everyone when we are trying to come together.


als   September 15th, 2009 6:17 pm ET

Have we hit a new low when the President cant address the nation without getting intterupted. Kanye was clearly drinking at this award show. The MTV award show should not allow alcohol or they will continue to get outburst like Kanye Wests. The celebrities need to drink after the shows. Americans are so stupid you will divide the country over something thats clearly between West and Swift.


ckelly   September 15th, 2009 6:43 pm ET

I watched the MTV-VMA's and was offended. I DO BELIEVE the whole thing was staged... First consider the music selections (the order of their performance and the titles and content of the lyrics themselves):

The whole "show" had a blood and sacrifice theme from beginning to end-Long live the King? The Jay-z entrance at the end...Taylor Swifts "Carrie" like humiliation-then her decent into the underground (subway) wearing a red dress and her "re-presentation with Beyonce now also dressed in red": Transformed

Lady Gaga in her "Fashion statement" transformance- again reminicent of of the movie Carrie-covered in blood. The symbology didn't stop there: Alice in Wonderland/Through the Looking glass; The Wizard of OZ; The blatant use of masonic/ illuminati symbolism during Lady Gaga's performance "Paparazzi"

It continued....

Beyonce's-interesting performance/rendition of "Single Lady"-What does it remind your of-its not difficult; Jack Black and his "humourous" request that "we pray to Satan for "the continued success of the next artists"; Lady Gaga's performance and bloodied costumes; blindfolded artists hanging (both both Lady gaga and Pink);

The destruction and rebuilding of New York in the background all in Black infertile pictures; His Majesty's (Let's keep it in the Family) performance AKA Jay-Z "Empire State of mind"

It was a macabre AGENDA; performance, story, ritual, circus? How many people was it broadcast to Sunday night? How respected are WE as viewers?


Rose   September 15th, 2009 7:29 pm ET

Brilliant ckelly. I picked up on some of the themes but not to the extent you did. Host Russell Brand did refer to an altered state of mind re: Wizard of Oz "scarcrow" as a set up to a sexual act (he was addressing Lady Gaga). The young teenaged Taylor Swift initially in a virginal soft white dressed, reappearing in red after the blood splatter performance by Lady Gaga to claim victory. Swift's on-stage "destruction" by Kanye and her re-birth through blood colors, complimented by Beyonce in same. And yes, Swift's decent and rising. Gaga's garish red outfit covering her face complete with a bloodied stream on her head and then her mis-placed white "halo" surrounding her face. Man, it's too much!


Judith   September 15th, 2009 7:45 pm ET

Wilson 'only' said he was sorry to President Obama because he was presure by some of the GOPs.

Of course everyone on both sides get heated but I can imagine if any Demo Senator would have yell out like that to Bush.The Republicans
wouldn't let it die for months on end.Look what happen when one of the Dixie Chicks spoke out against the Ira War that was a lie.Their careers went down.

The GOPs said the American people want all the Senators to get to work but what we've been seeing is the GOPs are just worried about getting to work to throw out lies about the Health Care and the President of the USA.How many of them are telling the truth about getting millions of dollars for campaigns and other perks if they vote No? I understand none.
Ones can go into a websit Sick for Profit.
wwwsickforprofit.com

When ones in the GOPs stated how wonderful Wilson is with 4 sons etc,etc look at the Gov Of SC Sanford who has children and didn't think anything when he stole from the taxpayers along with leaving his job for days without telling anyone.

I can imagine what the World is thinking of the American people.


internetfreepress.com   September 15th, 2009 8:53 pm ET

I AM A DEMOCRAT
But, what is the point in electing more democrats in 2010 if
the devil damn democrats we now have do not have the guts
to pass some kind of health-care bill; and maybe we should be
thinking Clinton for 2012. Just trying is not good enough, Mr. President.


JBM   September 15th, 2009 9:26 pm ET

MARY-I am an independent so not interested in defending either party. But you appear to be a Democrat which, as you know, is usually considered the liberal party. Perhaps you should find a video of the British parliament which is quite liberal and see the screaming and yelling that goes on there. Which way do you want it? Why blame the entire GOP for his comment? Minutes prior to his comment, Obama sai "it's a lie" about the death panel. He really did the same thing; just didn't mention the specific name. When I see people take the actions of one person and paint an entire group with it, I think of a person who doesn't believe in individual responsibility.


JBM   September 15th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

Jacquelyn-if we defended every action of a white person, regardless of how inappropriate it was, how would you feel? So many people blogging remind me of pitiful parents who can never admit their kids are wrong (and yes, we all know the type of adults those kids become). If he were white and Taylor would black, you'd be posting something totally different. That's really sad.


khadijah j. shakur   September 15th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

The Nerve of you Larry King.......showing Kanye West babbling in fear under white supremacy.....and having all these white devils....Leno using the death of his mother to manipulate his courage to get up on stage and defend black.....you can psychoanalyze it all you want.....white supremacy is alive and well....look at what you devils are doing......but you know what? it doesn't suprise me at all


REBECCA COLEMAN   September 15th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

kanye needs to be taught a lesson.maybe sue him or ban him from award shows and other venues.


Bruce   September 15th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

Larry, you need to have your staff get the facts right. Taylor Swift is not 17, she is 19 for gods sake!


shan   September 15th, 2009 10:21 pm ET

I believe that cnn is a waste. I was watching it today and you had Dr.Phil on the tv commenting on kanye west and serena. What? This is dumb!!So what. I t is called entertainment for a reason. They both make a living off of being seen. Why don't he talk about something that matters. Like the Yale student or the war on terriorist. I am pretty sure that the troops would love to be a thought to some people instead of worrying about some hurt feelings! Get over it. Cnn should taken of the air. I hope a hurricane or earthquake happens and crush this station. Sure hope no one else get killed....might have to wait until the lay's chip story goes off before they are seen!!!SORRY SHOW!


pookiewookie   September 15th, 2009 10:33 pm ET

I'm not a big fan of Mr. West, but we are supposed to have free speech here. And Beyonce's video was better and way more popular. As far as Serena's concerned, the judges or refs should pay better attention. They are getting paid to do so!


syltoots   September 15th, 2009 10:46 pm ET

Totally unacceptable for this kind of behaviour. Thanks to him she will not have a 'good memory' of the events. Yet another example yet how our society has become


Jacquelyn   September 15th, 2009 11:25 pm ET

JBM

I would do the same thing. Regardless of color it was wrong. So dont put me in a category with only one race. I defend the white people too. Just like when the blacks make fun of white people in the movies but when they do it Al Sharpton would get involve. So dont tell me what I will and would not do. We are not the same despite what you may believe.


Joetter Smith Jenkins   September 15th, 2009 11:33 pm ET

The joke is all on the public. The situation between Kanye West and Taylor Swift is all HYPE. This got her on the View. Her management has been buying up these awards from the CMA to MTV award. Kanye got paid. Investigate and see if I am right. When have you seen her video on MTV. I 've only seen her on country TV. All her songs seem the same. They pay alot of money to enhance her video to hide her lack of talent. Pretty face but no talent. Remember the story about the emperor's new clothes. Well it took some children to say that the emperor had no clothes on. Same here. Nobody wants to say it. Money buys awards.


stormylady   September 16th, 2009 1:34 am ET

Dear Larry King: No One should even debate whether it is racism or not. President Carter is a true intelligent statesmen. Hatred of anyone because of color is backward and uncivilized. These poor human beings are living in the past, it is so sad almost to the point of their need for in depth mental help. We must understand this illness is a disease, deeply rooted in their psychic but it is not to hpld the country back. Americans must join together and stand up just as they would against drunk drivers DUI killing our citizens or criminals who commit deadly crimes against society. We the people are warching this diseased cancer and it is serious and spreading. We must support and protect truth and civility. This is not a cave society, We have come too far to allow a few sick, demented individuals to block the majority. We love and respect the president. It does not matter what names they call him or the shouts and idiotic, screams. He is loved and we will pray for him and stand beside him through all the hell that he's going through. He has to be strong and a great president to suffer the abuse and barbaric racist nonesense, forget that Wilson guy. The president and the first lady are one classy couple and we admire them for standing strong with dignity.. Stay strong Mr. President, goodness and truth will prevail for you. God will not forsake you. There is a power that can shout louder than any protest or loud mouth. If God is for you...no man can come against you. Period.


vitoria   September 16th, 2009 1:41 am ET

I am so happy that Taylor won for the best video , it is about time that such a innocent clean music was rewarded , i am sick and tired to watch this other beautiful , talented girls showing their body and deep
them selves as sexual object and the same time claiming respect , liberalism , what kind of message they are sending to other girls , it is all about the female body not their ability for these artist to show how smart and gifted they truly are . .
Hollywood needs to see some change to more positive and better example to this new generation , thanks god for artist like Taylor and Alicia keys that are very beautiful but really focus on their artistic talents not their perfect body , it is time for a change for god sakes .
stop these music industry of using girls for making money from a sexual point of view !


ckelly   September 16th, 2009 2:07 am ET

Right on the money Rose!!!: It's an artist's game-This is not about race...it keeps us talking doesn't it? At odds, taking sides-like a checker board...black and white-republican or democrat-the art of open deception.

Its a production everyone!!

At least when Lady Gaga makes fun of her fans (although she always says she loves them...yeah... translation "I need them") she is so blatantly ridiculing the industry and us....but the average person doesn't see the game in play-its insulting, I REPEAT insulting- to deliberately manipulate the public.


CHERYL   September 16th, 2009 3:59 am ET

TAYLOR/DESERVED AWARD, BEYONCE/GRACIOUS, BUT KANYE/DISRESPECTFUL BOYCOTT YES, TAYLOR MAY ACCEPT APPOLOGY BUT WILL NEVER GET THAT MOMENT BACK THAT MAY ONLY HAPPEN ONCE IN A LIFE TIME TO SOME PEOPLE. LOOK AT DIXIE CHICKS AND BUSH COMMENT PEOPLE MADE THEM PAY DEARLY KANYE MADE PRESIDENT COMMENTS OTHER ISSUES NOTHING HAPPENED. IF TAYLOR JUMPED UP TOOK HIS SPOTLIGHT HE WOULD HAVE DONE NO TELLING WHAT. HE DESERVES WHAT HE GETS. SOME TIME WHEN YOUR ACTIONS CAUSE SOMEONE TO LOSE SOMETHING AND EMBARASSEMENT SORRY JUST ISN'T ENOUGH.


Maureen (UK)   September 16th, 2009 6:37 am ET

ckelly & Rose

It was all planned. This was not a Michael Jackson Tribute as it was hyped up to be. There has been an "Illuminati conspiracy" film pedalled on the internet to take the MJ fans minds off the real conspiracy. Sony have been trying to discredit MJ ever since he refused to resign with them. The illuminatti film is far too sophisticated to be your average hoax film. Sony are behind it & they linked it to the VMA. Thanks for your astute observations.
Janet & Madonna were brilliant.


Maureen (UK)   September 16th, 2009 7:14 am ET

September 15th, 2009 6:43 pm ET

I watched the MTV-VMA’s and was offended. I DO BELIEVE the whole thing was staged… First consider the music selections (the order of their performance and the titles and content of the lyrics themselves):

The whole “show” had a blood and sacrifice theme from beginning to end-Long live the King? The Jay-z entrance at the end…Taylor Swifts “Carrie” like humiliation-then her decent into the underground (subway) wearing a red dress and her “re-presentation with Beyonce now also dressed in red”: Transformed

Lady Gaga in her “Fashion statement” transformance- again reminicent of of the movie Carrie-covered in blood. The symbology didn’t stop there: Alice in Wonderland/Through the Looking glass; The Wizard of OZ; The blatant use of masonic/ illuminati symbolism during Lady Gaga’s performance “Paparazzi”

It continued….

Beyonce’s-interesting performance/rendition of “Single Lady”-What does it remind your of-its not difficult; Jack Black and his “humourous” request that “we pray to Satan for “the continued success of the next artists”; Lady Gaga’s performance and bloodied costumes; blindfolded artists hanging (both both Lady gaga and Pink);

The destruction and rebuilding of New York in the background all in Black infertile pictures; His Majesty’s (Let’s keep it in the Family) performance AKA Jay-Z “Empire State of mind”

It was a macabre AGENDA; performance, story, ritual, circus? How many people was it broadcast to Sunday night? How respected are WE as viewers?
Rose September 15th, 2009 7:29 pm ET

Brilliant ckelly. I picked up on some of the themes but not to the extent you did. Host Russell Brand did refer to an altered state of mind re: Wizard of Oz “scarcrow” as a set up to a sexual act (he was addressing Lady Gaga). The young teenaged Taylor Swift initially in a virginal soft white dressed, reappearing in red after the blood splatter performance by Lady Gaga to claim victory. Swift’s on-stage “destruction” by Kanye and her re-birth through blood colors, complimented by Beyonce in same. And yes, Swift’s decent and rising. Gaga’s garish red outfit covering her face complete with a bloodied stream on her head and then her mis-placed white “halo” surrounding her face. Man, it’s too much!


Mary   September 16th, 2009 10:08 am ET

JBM,

Although I am more liberal than conservative –I have voted split ticket most of my voting life , beleive it or not. My opinion is that not ONE group has the right answer. Although a minority I beleive in our judicial system , I partake of America's government, I respect this governemt, I respect America,and I discuss politics at the dinner table with my children and teach them right from wrong.

That still does not excuse wrong behavior. I am an educated women and yes I have knowlwdge of the British Parliament , but I have also taken American Government and know that there are rules in place - Wislon is not even an equal to President Obama. President Obama is no longer a congressional member sweetie, in a Union Adress there is to be no interruption or disrespect to the Chief in Command. This is America not Britian. I did not write the laws or rules ....


nardofree in virginia   September 16th, 2009 11:39 am ET

people have been acting crazy like this for years, but the shocking part of this type of behavior is that , there are alot of people that support arrogance, heck! some are even rewarded and praised. we should not excuse ANYONES CRAZY BEHAVIOR . THIS COUNTRY SHOULD STOP PLAYING THE DIFFERENT STROKES FOR DIFFERENT FOLKS GAME.


Rose   September 16th, 2009 11:43 am ET

This entire incident with Kanye and Taylor Swift was staged. Look at all the free, up front publicity they got. It's suspicious that Kanye just happened to be on Jay Leno's new show premiere the next evening. That was a much desired guaranteeed ratings boost for a new show. There was way too much orchestration going on at the MTV-VMA awards for it to have simply been all a coincidence.

The public was manipulated to keep certain people's name alive in the media, creating talk (nothing new). The old addage that bad publicity is still publicity – lives on.


Jeri   September 16th, 2009 3:50 pm ET

Lady Gaga seems to be ripping off a lot of Madonna's earlier concepts in her act (including conned bra's). But her voice is definitely better than Madonna's, it's stronger with a better range. Too bad it's being drowned by all the gimmicks.


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