Last night at MTV's Video Music Awards show, young Taylor Swift – a country music star – won for Best Female Video. Good for her. Here she is attempting her acceptance speech, in this CNN Video: "I sing Country Music, so thank you so much for giving me a chance to win a VMA award." And, then, Kanye West takes the mic from her and announces that "Beyonce had one of the best videos of all time." Poor Taylor Swift looked just devastated.
I'm wondering just what possessed Kanye West to lose his mind on national television last night. Everything I've ever read about him suggests that he's a good guy. He's supposedly polite, and treated his late mother with respect, but last night he went a little nuts. I'm left wondering, is Kanye West just the product of his own stardom, or is he an example of how far down we've traveled as a society?
Nowadays, anyone can say and do anything to someone else and there are no repercussions. We can all stand behind the First Amendment. Admittedly, I'm just as guilty as others. Back when President Bush was in office, I sold t-shirts making fun of him and decisions the Republican Party made. I think the meanest one I sold was of Bush dressed like a scarecrow with the saying, "I could be another Lincoln, if I only had a brain." Amazingly, that one didn't sell as many as the one saying, "Bush does not play well with others." Flash forward to President Obama's run for the White House, and a co-worker approached me with a t-shirt idea. It was a picture of Obama with a target behind his head. "You'll sell millions," he said. It made my stomach crawl. I was shocked that someone would actually want to sell, and someone else would buy, a t-shirt like that. My "If I only had a brain" looked pretty tame. Needless to say, I declined.
I think we've taken this rudeness a little too far in recent months. Instead of having a calm and rational discussion on health care, we're screaming at each other. Instead of protesting the war in Iraq peacefully, some protesters are actually spitting on our servicemen. We need to make a change in this nation. Let's put aside the name calling and the yelling and start being a little nicer to everyone. We want our children to be nice to people when they go to school, so why don't we show them a good example?
The only person who showed real class last night was Beyonce, in giving up her own acceptance speech to allow Taylor to continue hers. Beyonce showed a lot of class and I think the rest of us could learn a thing or two from her.