Everyone knows by now how badly Rapper Kanye West behaved at the VMA awards last night. If you don’t, then we have the video here so you can see it for yourself. What people may not know, is that the President of the United States, Barack Obama responded to the bad behavior, calling West a ‘jackass’. Yes he did, but he doesn’t want you to know it.
Let’s start at the beginning. I’ll keep it brief, but just a little background info might be helpful since we mostly deal with politics here and we can’t assume that everyone is up to date with what is going on in the entertainment world.
The VMA awards were last night. Taylor Swift is a 19-year-old mega Country Music star and won her first award in the MTV genre. She was noticeably surprised when her name was announced. She won for Best Female Video for her video, ‘You Belong to Me’. She took the stage to accept her award, only to be interrupted by an apparently drunken Kanye West who announced that Beyoncé had the best video ever. When West handed Swift the mic back, she was obviously shaken and apparently didn’t know what to say or how to respond. In front of millions of people, no less.
Well, you can see the video of what happened below and read the reactions of people on just about every website on the internet, you don’t need me to rehash all that here. The point is, we seem to be in a season of celebrities behaving badly. Of course, we’ve had a lot of those seasons.
So, what does all this have to do with the celebrity president! Well, apparently Barack Obama was doing an CNBC interview when ABC’s Terry Moran tweeted that Obama had called Kanye West a ‘jackass’.
“Pres. Obama just called Kanye West a “jackass” for his outburst at VMAs when Taylor Swift won. Now THAT’S presidential.”
You can imagine how the response that got. You take a viral news topic of the day and interject a slightly uncharacteristically truthful statement by the most popular celebrity in the world and you know that they internet went crazy over it. At least Twitter went crazy over it.
I’m sure the White House was none too pleased that in an unguarded moment, the Commander in Chief told the truth and it was spreading like wild fire across Twitter-Space. The White House hasn’t
figured out how to spin it yet made a statement, but an ABC spokesman, tail between his legs, said this:
“In the process of reporting on remarks by President Obama that were made during a CNBC interview, ABC News employees prematurely tweeted a portion of those remarks that turned out to be from an off-the-record portion of the interview. This was done before our editorial process had been completed. That was wrong. We apologize to the White House and CNBC and are taking steps to ensure that it will not happen again.”
Yeah, you’d better apologize, dudes, you know what happens to people who cross this administration! Ha!
So, you might ask, what is the problem with Barack Obama calling a celebrity jackass, who’s made a pretty good living being a jackass, a jackass? Why would people get all ‘wee-wee’d up’ over that? Is it that Obama told the truth? That would be something that would be noteworthy! Is it that he used the word ‘jackass’? That’s not his typical kinda nerdy phraseology, but hey, its a word and it does fit the moment. Or maybe its just a matter of power and control. Obama didn’t tell Moran he could tweet it, and so he had to be chastised for reporting something the President said without explicit permission to do so. This isn’t George Bush’s press corp after all!
Whatever their reasons for disapproving of Moran’s tweet, it is refreshing that the President is capable of telling the truth, even if its only ‘off the record’. It’s also refreshing that the crowd booed Kanye West and gave Taylor Swift a standing ovation. It is also nice to read the blog posts and watch the videos. I have yet to find one that wasn’t appalled at West’s behavior and chastising him for being ‘heartless’ (and rude and classless).
Maybe people are finally getting tired of rewarding bad behavior and are starting to expect just a little bit of common decency from the people who have made millions of dollars just to be entertainers. Its really the least they can do. And really, it would be nice to see common decency (which isn’t all that common) making a comeback across the board, celebrity and common folks alike.
Could it be that rampant rudeness just isn’t in vogue anymore? Wouldn’t that be wonderful!
Kanye West, Taylor Swift, VMA 2009 – Video
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