It's always something at the VMAs, isn't it? Tonight, it was Kanye West, crashing Taylor Swift's acceptance speech to protest her award for Best Female Video. He thought Beyonce should have won:
So is rudeness having a moment? (See: Joe Wilson, joint session of Congress.) Or will decorum take the day? Twitter and Facebook were abuzz with anger within moments of West's outburst, including some funny and profane tweets from the likes of Katy Perry and Pink. The crowd inside Radio City Music Hall howled in protest every time West's name was mentioned. And in a gracious move, Beyonce, who ended up winning Video of the Year for "Single Ladies," after all, used her acceptance-speech platform to invite Swift "to come out and have her moment." Swift emerged quickly (almost too quickly, as if this were all orchestrated well beforehand) and got enormous applause, but she looked shaken. The VMAs are not for the faint of heart. But they are sometimes, surprisingly, about manners.
Edited to add: As Sarah Rodman notes over on our sister blog, Sound Effects, West issued an all-caps apology on his blog last night, and acknowledged that he got a dressing-down from Swift's mother. Tonight, West is a guest on the first episode of the "Jay Leno Show." Does Jay get the gift of another Hugh Grant moment? (And is this all some elaborate hoax orchestrated by Hennessy and NBC? Nah.)
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