Class Dismissed

“You can pay for school but you can’t buy class.” – Jay-Z

Wake up Mr. West.  Were you dreaming when you thought it would be a good idea to run onstage at MTV’s Video Music Awards and interrupt first time winner, Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech for Best Female Pop Video?  What other excuse could you have for that behavior if not because you were literally dreaming and sleep walked your way up there?  Yes, the story is old news by now but I am still baffled by Kanye West’s actions.  It was absurd.  How is it possible for a grown man and member of the music community to act in such an inappropriate manner? 

The sad thing is that we’ve been around this block before with Kanye.  He had a meltdown at the 2007 VMAs because he didn’t win.  He even threw out the race card as though that had something to do with it. 

  The only reason we didn’t hold a grudge was because his mother died abruptly so instead of chastising him, we sympathized with him because it humanized him.  He was one of us, with parents and feelings and sadness.  Talk about timing.  And now this.  Literally stealing this young artist’s spotlight mid-speech to recognize Beyonce because he felt her video was better.  Hey Kanye, had you had the patience to wait for the show to go on, and not lose your mind during the FIRST award being given out, you would have avoided this situation because Beyonce won for Best Video.  Seriously, what a thing to ruin for someone else and for nothing.  What if someone had done that to him during his first win, or ever for that matter?  He would have wreaked havoc and all hell would have broken loose.

I don’t care how talented you are or how much money you have, if you have no humility, no class, none of it matters.   Taylor Swift displayed class with her level of composure in her reaction to Kanye’s rant.  Beyonce did the same when she won the biggest award of the show and brought Taylor back onstage to have her moment since Kanye took it upon himself to take it from her.  It’s one thing to have a job, even a career, but that doesn’t make you who you are.  Your morals, integrity, actions, and class are what make you who you are and really what people remember about you. 

How does a person even get to the point where they think this type of behavior is acceptable?  What is it about the entertainment industry that makes people lose their minds?  This might be news to some, but you are a person just like the rest of us.  If you have the ability to say, walk on water, or heal people by touch, you may have the right to say whatever you want whenever you want.  Otherwise Mr. West, and people like him, should take their seats and stop thinking they are godlike.  A taste of fame and notoriety seem to quickly change people’s outlook on the rest of the world in relation to them.  What ever happened to the Golden Rule?  Do unto others as you’d have done to you. 

So now the question is do we forgive Kanye West for the second time?  After we watched the VMAs, we were quick to write him off.  I for one, wanted him banned from all future award shows forgetting any opportunity to be recognized again.  And then he went on Jay Leno and shed a crocodile tear. 

  I can forgive, but most likely will not forget.  Just like I haven’t forgotten about Chris Brown with Rihanna and almost feel guilty listening to his music.  At this point Kanye’s apologies don’t hold much weight, are they even sincere?    To me an apology means I get it, I messed up, and it won’t happen again.  So for the record, I guess I can say that I am not going to forgive Kanye West.  Yes I love his music and will continue dancing to it when I hear it out at night, but I will not support him monetarily or by voting for him for anything.  My vote and hard earned dollars will go to artists that truly deserve it, are humble, and appreciate the support. 

On that note, I leave you with Taylor Swift’s video “You Belong With Me” because although I was a fan pre-Kanye tantrum, I’m an even bigger fan post.  There is something to be said about a 19 year old that wrote lyrics we at any age can relate to, sing beautifully, and handle a situation like this with such class and grace.  She is extremely impressive and talented and is likely to have longevity.  Go team Taylor! 

One thought on “Class Dismissed

  1. Killer point. I think there’s a certain ‘bulletproof-ness’ that people get when they become super-famous. In Kanye’s case, he was buzzed, felt entitled, had no social filter…and just ran up on stage and didn’t even think of the consequences. These guys are exposed to so much celebrity and attention, that doing something so radical doesn’t even… Read More seem weird. Well, not until later when us ‘normals’ get angry and take them to task. Deep inside, I bet Kanye and Chris Brown don’t even know what they did wrong. Sad, but true.

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