September 15, 2009
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!
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.
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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