Taylor Swift was a guest on The View today — incidentally, Kate Gosselin sucks as a guest host — and the harpies wasted no time asking her about the whole VMA debacle. I’m so glad she got a chance to let everyone know that Kanye hasn’t even contacted her yet.
It’s kind of old news in this Autumn of Anger, but Kanye sure has a lot of time to blog apologies and talk to Leno about being a dickwad, why not call the girl, apologize and move on? He’s more interested in restoring his public image — and it sucked to begin with — than actually connecting with someone he hurt and making it right. I’ve said it before, I’ll say it now, and I assume I’ll be saying it again: Fuck you, Kanye.
September 15, 2009 at 9:23 am by Wendie
Ahhh, Monday-morning quarterbacking. Rumors abound on the Internet today that perhaps MTV intentionally staged the Kanye rant for the publicity. (Note: I don’t think that’s true at all. In case you didn’t hear, I think Kanye’s an obnoxious alcoholic piece of shit who needs to think good and hard before he next decides to get wasted at a live televised event.)
But then it gets even weirder. RealNetworks — the company I work for, and which handles most of the advertising on this site — has a music product called Rhapsody (which FINALLY runs on the iPhone now, woot woot!). Rhapsody had purchased ad space at the VMAs long ago, to run immediately after Taylor Swift’s performance of “You Belong to Me.” The ad has a voice-over that says “This moment belongs to Taylor Swift.” In light of the voice-over and the Kanye West incident prior, there have been rumors circulating that Rhapsody was somehow involved in MTV’s “staging” of the Kanye West rant.
Apparently news of my love for Taylor Swift is so widespread at that company that a rep for the PR and marketing team actually stopped me in the hall today to let me know that the company had NOTHING to do with any rumored “staging” of the Kanye rant. I thought that was pretty funny. They were worried I’d hear the rumors and be pissed. The company also took to the RealNetworks blog today to deny any involvement: Let’s go ahead and put this rumor to rest. IF the “Kanye Incident” is part of a larger PR stunt by our friends at MTV, it’s news to us.
And I believe them, because if RealNetworks did have anything to do with my beloved Taylor Swift’s shining moment being ruined, I’m sure my badge wouldn’t have worked this morning. There’s NO WAY they would have let me in the building knowing how pissed I would have been.
The commercial in question is above.
September 14, 2009 at 4:23 pm by Evil Beet
Hey y’all. I know everyone’s waiting for me to weigh in on this Kanye nonsense from last night. I’ll tell ya what: I heard the news (I wasn’t watching the show live), and I was fucking pissed. Taylor Swift is the little sister I adopted without her permission, and NOBODY gets to fuck with her like that. I think she handled herself perfectly, both during and after the incident, and I think Kanye West is a fucking alcoholic who should know by now that drinking prior to live, televised awards shows never results in him conducting himself appropriately. I feel sad for him; I’m sure his embarrassment today is surpassed only by his hangover. But just as I was getting all worked up about that, scouring the web for more information, I saw the news that they found the body of that missing Yale grad student, and suddenly a stupid Kanye West rant didn’t seem so important. My heart just breaks for the family and friends of that girl. It’s so unspeakably tragic.
But I suppose there was just anger in the air this weekend, as Serena Williams completely lost her shit on the tennis court at the US Open on Saturday night. The lineswoman calls a foot fault on Serena during her second serve, and Serena then appears to threaten to do something involving the tennis ball and the lineswoman’s orifices. For whatever reason, I’m loving this clip. I mean, THIS is the kind of forum where you fight back against decisions — far more appropriate than frightening poor Taylor Swift at the VMAs. And then the lineswoman goes and tattles on Serena and she basically forfeits the match. Anyway. It’s a fun clip.
September 14, 2009 at 2:20 pm by Evil Beet
Here’s the screen grab from Kanye’s website where he posted an apology — it’s gone now — to Taylor Swift. So he’s sorry, he likes her, he just didn’t feel she deserved the award. That seems reasonable.
September 14, 2009 at 5:48 am by Wendie
Oh, how this pains me. You all know that I’m not a huge fan of Beyonce’s — molls is a die-hard fan and I really wish this story broke while she was still working — but you have to watch this. Last night, after Kanye acted like the biggest asshole in the universe, Beyonce won Video of the Year and turned over her acceptance speech time to Taylor Swift so that she could have her moment. I begrudgingly admit that Beyonce was a true class act. I searched far and wide for a quality clip that didn’t involve the camera cutting to Perez, but I failed. As an aside, Lady Gaga looks like a fantasy danish.
Kanye was supposed to perform but his time was scrapped. It’s all rumor at this point, but people on Twitter were saying that he was escorted to the door. Oh, how I hope that is true. People reports that Kanye did post an apology to Taylor on his blog. I didn’t see it there this morning, but People would never lie to me, so it must be true. I’m sure it read something like: ”TAYLOR I’M SORRY BUT BEYONCE IS THE BEST AND YOU ARE IRRELEVANT”
Katy Perry may have summed it up best on Twitter last night: ”FUCK U KANYE. IT’S LIKE U STEPPED 0N A KITTEN.”
September 14, 2009 at 4:11 am by Wendie
We have an unspoken rule around here where we try not to use bad language unless the situation calls for it. All things Mischa will always call for it. So will Kanye West’s actions at the VMAs tonight.
Okay, this just happened. I don’t even have video for it yet. Taylor Swift won an award for Best Video. In the middle of her acceptance speech, Kanye ripped the microphone out of her hand and announced to the audience that Beyonce had the best video. The camera flashed to Beyonce who looked horrified, the audience went nuts and Taylor almost burst out in tears.
I can’t even properly express my level of disgust for taking Taylor’s moment away. There is something seriously wrong with that dude — something that extends far beyond “unprofessional”.
Video will be up when it hits the Internet. You can bet on that.