Taylor Swift a good role model for kids!

Good role models in pop culture are few and far between, but I’m proud that my 8- and 6-year-old like Taylor Swift.

The 19-year-old country music star writes her own songs, plays multiple instruments, always thanks the fans and those who have supported her and hasn’t become a diva or a problem child despite incredible success at a young age.

Tonight on the MTV Music Video Awards, Swift showed incredible grace and composure after Kanye West stormed the stage and took the microphone from during her acceptance speech for female video of the year. He basically said that Beyonce should have won the award. Not only did she handle the incident well, less than 10 minutes later she performed live, singing her song “You belong with Me” while riding in a moving subway car from one location to the next.

Tomorrow, I’ll be proud to let my kids watch Swift win and perform. Juxtapose Swift’s behavior with that of  Katy Perry _ another of my kids’ favorite singers _ earlier in the evening.

Since Rose loves Perry, we called her out of her room to see her perform “We Will Rock You,” which the kids love because they get to sing it on the school bus on Friday afternoon if they have been good all week.

Perry ended the performance with a gratuitous crotch grab. My husband and I both yelled at the same time “Go to bed!”

Earlier in the day, we had to tell Rose to turn off a Perry video that we found inappropriate.  Perry is obviously not a good role model, and I had a hard time thinking of any young people in popular culture who would be good role models. That’s why Swift stands out to me, and her behavior tonight made her stand out even more.

I know there are great role models for our kids in the real world – soldiers, nurses, teachers, doctors – but the reality is kids and teens focus on the stars they see on TV, in the movies and hear on the radio.

Who else do you feel in popular culture are good role models? Who do you encourage (or at least not mind) your kids listening to or watching? Who is on the NO-NO list? (A much easier list to create!)

250 comments Add your comment

Anna

September 13th, 2009
10:51 pm

Taylor’s subway performance was prerecorded.

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

September 13th, 2009
10:52 pm

was it really?? we need to verify!!

Adam

September 13th, 2009
10:55 pm

Agreed she showed grace, restraint, and composure, but the performance that followed was pre-recorded. (Thank goodness.)

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

September 13th, 2009
10:56 pm

I wondered why her make up wasn’t all smeared!! holy moly — I would have been bawling!!!

E

September 13th, 2009
10:58 pm

Actually Swift’s performance was prerecorded. She was seen backstage crying hysterically. But I agree, she totally handled it well onstage. Clearly she was dumbfounded, but who wouldn’t be. Poor girl.

Faith in 09

September 13th, 2009
11:01 pm

I am sorry but as a parent, I do not allow my children to use “entertainers” as role models. They are entertainers! People who are actually improving our society and not contributing to the roting morals that are spread across the media are those who I would consider as role model materials – not someone that created a song and shot to fame singing about questionable sexual behavior put to a catchy beat.

D

September 13th, 2009
11:08 pm

I would add David Archuleta to the great role model list. I think a David and Taylor duet would be great!

Gail

September 13th, 2009
11:17 pm

What a total jerk -Kanye West

Beyanke

September 13th, 2009
11:20 pm

I sooo used to like Kanye but just deleted all his music off my ipod. Too much of a bad thing for me.

Gregg

September 13th, 2009
11:22 pm

Very well said, Faith. Pop culture is having such a negative effect on our kids.

Killer Tofu

September 13th, 2009
11:24 pm

I love Katy Perry.
I hate the Kanye did this to Taylor. I hope that he will apologize to her. He gets carried away too easily.

Gregg

September 13th, 2009
11:24 pm

Faith – Unfortunately, the force of pop culture is strong and hard to overcome. Kids get Facebook accounts when they’re in elementary school and suddenly their outward appearance supercedes anything that’s real.

Kaz

September 13th, 2009
11:25 pm

Disgusting. The man has a ton of issues. One main one being that haircut!

Jamal

September 13th, 2009
11:25 pm

Why wasn’t Kanye thrown through a window onto the sidewalk?

Tbrew

September 13th, 2009
11:25 pm

Kanye West, still an idiot after all these chances.

Who asked you, Kanye?

September 13th, 2009
11:26 pm

I have never seen and cannot imagine an entertainer so rudely interrupting another entertainer’s acceptance speech. Kanye, keep your opinions to yourself. Your momma is undoubtedly rolling over in her grave for your despicable actions!

Duxxs3000

September 13th, 2009
11:27 pm

Kanye is nothing more than a big baby.It’s not like he’s really talented or anything.He thinks he’s going to be the next Elvis when really I see him as the next Mike Tyson.WASHED UP.

ant banks

September 13th, 2009
11:27 pm

kanye acts so much like a b*tch. i can’t think of any other male rapper who does as much cryin’ as this guy. he is soo much like little richard. “y’all didn’t give me no award!!” grow up

Keisha

September 13th, 2009
11:27 pm

Kanye, the idiot, is doing whatever it takes to get him in the news and here we are talking about him. I applaud Taylor Swift for her win.

Baby

September 13th, 2009
11:29 pm

Kanye West is a jackass. Security should have rushed him and escorted his behind off of the stage. We are tired of this egomaniac!! Get over yourself West!

East Atlanta

September 13th, 2009
11:30 pm

Kanye, go away!! We don’t want you around here.

youdon'tgetit

September 13th, 2009
11:32 pm

chill out faith in 09.
what this person is trying to say is that not only has taylor gone out to follow her dreams, but she has done it with respect and manners. wouldn’t you want your kids to be inspired by someone who has followed her dreams and done it with grace?

thank you

September 13th, 2009
11:32 pm

Kanye is a total narcississt who should have been put out out the venue. Disgraceful behavior.

Kassie

September 13th, 2009
11:37 pm

What Kanye did was wrong! If you are gonna be like that at least keep it to the adults…leave the kids alone….@ REALLY…you are and idiot……

Tiffany

September 13th, 2009
11:37 pm

I love Taylor Swift, and so do my kids. We are all just stunned at what happened to poor Taylor. Kanye really must have a mental problem or something! I also feel sorry for Beyonce who I am sure was shocked at the comments. Taylor is a beautiful and talented young lady and she very much deserved her award.

say what?

September 13th, 2009
11:40 pm

please “Really” it is not about race. This is a moron who happily admits not reading. Reading is fundamental to life, and social grace. Kanye’s next move in the news will be a staged suicide. The guy needs help and he is not getting it.

As for entertainers being role models, they are put out as role models, BUT not in my house. role models are in your life everyday, encouraging you, and providing what is necessary for the next generation to be better than the last.

sarfdawg

September 13th, 2009
11:40 pm

Typical rap thug. Only in that community do you see this kind of classless behavior. I suppose I’ll be labeled a racist, but that’s really not it. Most black folks are wonderful people. The problem is that this thug behavior, particularly on stage, comes from that group. Credit to the Bill Cosbys of the world that don’t tolerate that trash.

hobberskins

September 13th, 2009
11:42 pm

Glad I was watching the US Open! Oudin, Nadal, Clijsters, Fedderer, Venus are much better role models for kids and adults than you’d ever find on the VMA awards. And that’s coming from someone who spends any free time & money in a local music hall. Kanye is a simple minded piece of trash….sore loser….must be a republican. HA.

hobberskins

September 13th, 2009
11:45 pm

Sorry MTV awards… who give a squid?

Have kids – turn your TV off. Take them to do something worth while, like LEARN an instrument, sport, integrity.

John Smith

September 13th, 2009
11:46 pm

Kanye West hates black people. Otherwise, why would he insist on making them look so bad?

MONEY

September 13th, 2009
11:47 pm

THIS IS FOR REALLY AND MS. WEST BOTH OF YOU NEED TO LEARN TO THINK BEFORE YOU TALK.

jeffrey

September 13th, 2009
11:48 pm

I think it is sad that parents and children have role models that aren’t accessible and in your everyday life. My role model was my mother and grandmother, people who always showed me the right way and were there for instant feedback!

jm

September 13th, 2009
11:48 pm

Now if it had been a white person doing that to a black person…What would have happened?

April

September 13th, 2009
11:48 pm

@Faith in 09 – I hate to tell you this but your child choice of role model is not something you “allow.” You can guide, encourage, and advise, but in the end, children are real people with their own ideas and opinions. There are many people from different walks and professions who make wonderful role models. Occasionally, one of those people happens to be an entertainer.

[...] shouldn’t matter, considering that this is a 19 year old girl who has done nothing but be a shining role model in the media. Kanye apparently proceeded to flip off the crows while Taylor was crying [...]

Joe Smoe

September 13th, 2009
11:57 pm

I think its sad that Kanye West is so selfish and so racist that he felt he needed to destroy Taylors moment in the process. The guy has so much talent, yet! time and time again, he abuses his fame. What if someone had done that to him? Kanye would have blown a gasket. I guess it could be semi predicted however… as it did come from the same guy who said “But my greatest pain in life is that I will never be able to see myself perform live.”

Lets be honest however. We all know he will still sell records, we all know we will still see more of him on more awards shows. You know MTV further loved the drama.

Taylor is such a Disney style girl however, she will recover swiftly (couldnt resist) and will have other career moments in the future. Next time she simply needs to have body gaurds blocking the stairs to the stage.

kanye sucks

September 13th, 2009
11:59 pm

My only comment is this…if it was reversed…if a white person took the microphone from a black person and raved about a white person’s video, there would be an outrage about racisim. Well, I think this is a perfect case of reverse racism. Which everyone nowaday seems to be so afraid so say publicly.

Kanye the Thug

September 14th, 2009
12:00 am

My Mama taught me to be a poor loser and to cry like a bitch when I lost a contest so I was jus’ actin like my mama taught me. Leave me alone;I’m a poor black child.

DB

September 14th, 2009
12:02 am

When my kids were young, I never allowed them to watch MTV. The videos were becoming more and more suggestive, and the language on the few shows that I glanced at was a major turn-off for me. I monitored the kid’s listening of CDs until they were in their mid-teens, and they weren’t allowed to purchase any that had the parental warnings on them.

I’m sure that when they were at friend’s houses, they probably watched and listened, but never at home. My daughter and I watched several episodes of “Parental Control” one day last year, and neither one of us could believe the disrespectful nastiness, rudeness and obscenities flowing from the mouths of the BF/GF that parents were hoping to eject. What trailer park were they thrown out of?! If MTV was taken off my channel lineup, I’d never miss it, and neither would my kids.

As I have often commented about entertainers — but especially actors — who start getting involved in political endorsements, etc: “What is it about reading the words that someone else wrote that makes you so darn smart?”

I was very proud of my son when he chose Warrick Dunn as a topic for one of his college essays — people that he admires, someone who has faced adversity and not only overcame it, but used it as an impetus to help those around him. He actually graduated from college, plus, he’s simply a gentleman, period. He’s started a music production company here in Atlanta, with the caveat that the music cannot glorify violence — obviously, a hot button for him.

And if Kanye West is EVER invited to another awards show after this disgusting display . . .

Enough Stereotyping

September 14th, 2009
12:02 am

Kanye is just a classless bully. He picks on children! His skin color is irrelevant and those of you who are trying to stir the race pot need to get a life. Just a bunch of cowards hiding behind your pseudonyms.

Calling it like it is

September 14th, 2009
12:03 am

It’s not a black white thing, its a class no class thing. Unfortunatley many blacks are raised in a culture where the steet makes the rules. Many hard working wonderful black parents lose their children to the street and the lack of class it breeds. The day they remove the much of the music these kids listen to (i.e. K. West) from the radio is the day they may begin to have a chance. Until that happens incidents like tonight will continue to happen.

neal kelley

September 14th, 2009
12:03 am

i think that sucked… to steal some ones moment and mess up there acceptance speech. What if I did that to him? I am sure he would be ready to beat the pooop out of me.. I lost all respect for him and I am a lover of hip hop and a African American to boot. But that just showed how much of an idiot he is. He owes her an apology.

Beautiful Monte

September 14th, 2009
12:04 am

Kanye loves fishsticks … big, fat, greasy fishsticks.

Other than that, the man is a world-class jacka$$ who ego exceeds his “talent” by a country mile. Quite obviously, the guy has some serious self-esteem issues.

Amen Calling it Like it is

September 14th, 2009
12:05 am

YOU are absolutely 100% correct…its all in the breeding.

DB

September 14th, 2009
12:05 am

@Jamal: Apparently, Kanye WAS thrown out, immediately after. According to news reports, he apologized on his blog, and even said that Taylor Swift’s mother gave him what-for. The apology was sorta back-handed — nothing can make up for ruining her moment in the sun. Hopefully, no other awards organization will bother nominating or giving him an award from now on — that way, he won’t have to be invited.

What?

September 14th, 2009
12:11 am

Kanye hates white people… He has showed his racism again

Michael

September 14th, 2009
12:14 am

hmmm. maybe it is the country music culture is 100x more classy than the hip hop culture? hip hop has it’s great moments, sure… but a good portion of it is trash that displays the wrong message to America’s youth.

this display from Kanye really ticked me off! one of those…wow, i want to punch the tv moments.

Kudos to Beyonce for standing up for Taylor as well. I get the feeling the sense of morality and CLASS in our culture is steeping downward! I understand if he wants to say something about Beyonces video…but LEAVE THAT FOR AFTER!

Never thought an idiot would just interrupt someones acceptance speech. No pun, I was speechless

m.c

September 14th, 2009
12:16 am

Kanye West is an egotistiscal self-centered bull headed celebrity. Taylor Swift deserves a sincere public apology.

Lacks Class

September 14th, 2009
12:19 am

Kanye lacks class. I don’t care if he is black, white, yellow, purple or green. Taylor should have given him a quick elbow to the face. I guess Kanye is still feeling guilty for sending his Mom to a hack doctor and she lost her life. May she rest in peace.

Ryan

September 14th, 2009
12:22 am

I guess Kayne doesn’t like white people

Boduk

September 14th, 2009
12:23 am

I think Kanye should be Boycotted. That was absolutely uncalled for.

Quint

September 14th, 2009
12:24 am

Kanye has absolutely no class. I don’t really care for Taylor Swift’s music, but she handles herself very well.

Good job, Beyonce! That was very classy. You can’t make up for what the idiot did, but you sure tried your hardest. I hope you give that fool a piece of your mind and tell him it is time for him to grow up or shut up.

reality

September 14th, 2009
12:24 am

Kanye is mad because Taylor Swift is much more talented, making more money, and a foot taller.

fl0wmastr

September 14th, 2009
12:25 am

Kanye West is a washed up joke and ego-maniac! He’s always pulling stupid stunts on award shows! They need to ban him and his stripper girlfriend! They need to ban that annoying British host as well after what happened last year but MTV LOVES shock and controversy over doing the right thing MTV just wants the BUZZ at all costs!

Michael

September 14th, 2009
12:26 am

hey, you guys can really leave race out of it though, just because the victim here is white, and the jackass is black, does not make this a racial issue!!!

im white, but stupid skinheads who make racist comments on here need to get checked!!

Honestly, yeah… unfortunately the “trashier” culture in our society appeals more to the African American (im sorry, is that politcally correct?) population… and that sucks because it exposes itself as that population is trashy

but that is not true. i know plenty of African Americans very well who are stand up, class act, righteous Americans who represent WHAT IS ALL GOOD IN THE WORLD.

so please….STOP WITH UR RACIST COMMENTS. U IDIOTS WHO THINK YOU ARE PRESERVING THE GROUNDS OF WHICH WE BUILT THIS COUNTRY ON ARE ACTUALLY THE ONES WHO ARE SPLITTING IT!!

As honest Abe once said…a house divided cannot stand. please… do not make stupid comments like that. it only makes me lose more faith in humanity.

timmy

September 14th, 2009
12:28 am

Hey guys, is Kanye from atlanta?

slydog

September 14th, 2009
12:36 am

I feel Kanye should have shown more class and voiced his opinion later on because he might be right in Beyonce’s video was better.It was a typical Kanye moment in trying to steal someone elses spotlight at an award show with his big mouth it is getting old HE NEEDS TO GROW UP.

Rev. Right

September 14th, 2009
12:38 am

Hey guys, is Kanye from atlanta?

no he is from Chicago like Obama and rev Wright.

Miss Opnion

September 14th, 2009
12:48 am

Kanya is an idiot! This has nothing to do with his race…he is just an fool that happens to be black! I agree that if the races were reversed it would cause an outrage ( yes I am black) but the bottom line is that this has more to do with his lack of sense and self control! I think he is very talented but I am not a fan because of his behavior. I am not a fan of Taylor Swift either (totally because I don’t know her music well) but that is no reason to ruin her moment…she obviously deserves the praise. I hope that Kanya feels sorry for this where it will hurt an idiot like him…in his wallet! Let’s not endorse his bad behavior and boycott him!

KC

September 14th, 2009
12:53 am

Taylor has more talent in her hangnail than Kanye will ever have. What a loser. BOYCOTT HIS SONGS and DELETE HIS MUSIC.

DentalDawg

September 14th, 2009
12:58 am

Kanye shows his racist self again!!!

What makes this so bad is i am willing to bet a million dollars that Kanye NEVER even watched Taylor Swifts video and therefore could not honestly say that Beyonces video was better than Taylor Swifts!!!

You're wrong Michael

September 14th, 2009
12:59 am

Michael,

Sorry man but you’re wrong. There clearly are racial undertones in what he did. What one earth would black people or the media in general say if Beyonce had won the award and a male white country artist stormed on stage, grabbed the mic from her, then said Taylor’s video was one of the greatest of all time? The media would be talking about how racist white America and country music in particular are and Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson would be wanting marches and blah blah.

What’s sad is that black people are now conditioned to think its okay for them to openly display racist behavior toward whites. They don’t think a thing about it because to make them accountable for their own brand of racism would in their eyes be “racist.”

Race relations in this country are going backwards for the sole reason that black people will act like this is just an isolated incident. But if the reverse happened black people would insist that its proof of institutionalized racism in America. Until everybody starts being held to the same standard regardless of race this double standard of excusing black people for their outright racists like Kanye, Reverand Wright, Jess (Hymietown) Jackson will continue.

Just saying

September 14th, 2009
1:02 am

I also saw a picture of his exiting the awards with a huge bottle of liquer which is no excuse but probably played a huge part in what happened. I lost respect for him and will not be listening to his music anymore.

KC

September 14th, 2009
1:02 am

“During my high school years, it’s the music that I really felt saved me. It kept me out of the streets, it kept me from getting into trouble, it gave me something to do when I got kicked off the basketball team. You just get lost in the music. That’s what I did.” KANYE WEST

No Kanye, you got lost in your own bulls**t. Your music is not going to save your a$$. You are still the same pathetic loudmouth you have always been. If you are buying KANYE WEST music you are just as bad as this loser.

Nick

September 14th, 2009
1:05 am

Thank you KANYE WEST. Somebody done something right and you did it.

Poopy Pants

September 14th, 2009
1:38 am

Kanye West is the racist. Kanye West doesn’t care about white people.

Shameless act to steal the spotlight and embarrass Taylor Swift like that. He pulled this same stunt a few years ago at the European VMA’s. Why do they keep inviting him to these shows?

I doubt Kanye would have pulled this stunt at the Country Music Awards.

Poopy Pants

September 14th, 2009
1:44 am

Oh and Kanye West likes Fish Sticks. And his auto-tuned crap he calls “music” is awful.

What?

September 14th, 2009
1:45 am

Well the good thing is we can all count on the Reverends Al “hyme-town”Sharpton and Jesse “where is my money” Jackson to issue a public statement denouncing Mr. West’s behavior. To show I truly believe this I will hold my breath until they do.

Sheineekwa Dontarius Jones

September 14th, 2009
1:50 am

Kanye is da bomb, and he can come to my crib anytime.

Poopy Pants

September 14th, 2009
2:01 am

I need to give props to Beyonce for letting Swift come back out and let her accept her award (again) when it was actually Beyonce’s time to accept her award for best video. It makes Kanye look like an even bigger ass that Beyonce ended up winning anyways.

scottbravesfan

September 14th, 2009
2:54 am

I felt bad for Beyonce too you could tell she was so embarrassed.

Also to the originally blogger, I’m pretty sure Katy Perry did not sign up to be your daughter’s role model.

Chief Wiggum

September 14th, 2009
3:12 am

Kanye West is a pathetic, hateful, spiteful racist. Kanye West hates white people (and that is a reference to one of HIS famous comments).

Besides that, he’s a no-talent hack.

mark

September 14th, 2009
3:21 am

i am a black man, i totally agree what kayne did was way out of line. kayne don’t represent me for a lot of reason. so stop with the racist commets. grow up.

David Milton

September 14th, 2009
3:26 am

Katy Perry’s hit was about kissing a girl, why would you be surprised that a crotch grab was also in her repertoire? She’s all edgy and stuff! Look! How edgy! Kanye IS hip hop since he glorifies and pimps the self to excess. There is something at work though, beyond the simple marketing ploy. Imagine if Axl Rose grabbed the mic from Beyoncé and pimped Brit Brit… oh my, what good fun we’d have then.

The Truth

September 14th, 2009
4:16 am

People,
We have turned this into a racial thing when it is not. I’ll admit “Mr. West” handled the situation wrong, but he also said something that a lot of people were wondering… How is it possible for Taylor Swift to beat out the most popular song of last year? We talking about Pop and R&B charts. There was nowhere you could look or go without hearing “put a ring on it”. Again, Kanye could have pick a better time, but his words rang true. And for those who plan on deleting him from your iPOD or whatever…once you’ve purchased to music, it doesnt matter!

D

September 14th, 2009
4:38 am

Wooooow

I have always said that the clearest indication of society is not when a particular event occurs but people’s reaction to it. I really pray for this country.

Journalism is at an all time low (see this post).

The music industry sucks (look at the VMAs.. it is a shame that the best performance yesterday was a clip of Michael Jackson’s rehearsals)

People lack respect for each other (as was shown at the VMAs and on the comment section on this board. Some commentators on here are not better than Kanye West.. all reside in cesspool).

Judging people is at an all time high (e.g. when we begin to idolize celebrities and look at them as role models.. there is a problem).

Morale is low.

The recession.

Personally, I am always interested when a scandal breaks out in this country. The reaction of the citizenry of this proud nation speaks volumes at the current state of this country. And it is a very sad state. God bless America.

D

September 14th, 2009
4:40 am

Also

People are getting their panties in a bunch of a MOONMAN????!!! Who cares that Taylor won? That was her moment.. Kanye acted like Beyonce had been mugged in the street. It was not that serious. Classless conduct. But I am more worried by the commentary on this board.. it is more newsworthy than anything Kanye did

Jeff

September 14th, 2009
4:43 am

How is West’s behavior any different than what he has already shown.

Remember this, from just over 4 yrs ago: “George Bush don’t like black people”.

I’d never paid attention to him before that remark, and I made a POINT to avoid him since then.

To those trying to make this a racial issue, remember that while West is black, so is Knowles. That alone should be proof enough that it is not ALL black people that are like West.

FalconFan60

September 14th, 2009
5:10 am

Totally classless, juvenile, remarkably stupid behavior. Anyone that doesn’t see this for what it is hasn’t been paying attention. This is the same brainless moron that said ‘Bush don’t like black people’ after Katrina. Imagine the total OUTRAGE from some of the pot stirrers like Sharpton & Jackson if a white performer had done the same thing to a black performer. However I expect nothing to be heard from either of those dolts. People need to realize one thing…….it’ll be a cold day in hell before race relations are anywhere close to what they should be in this country. If you don’t agree just listen to the hate-filled rhetoric that some of the so called “peace keepers” in this country spew whenever it suits them to get behind a “cause”. The thing that gets me is why whites are supposed to be PC about everything but blacks can say whatever they want? That’s equality??

Just saying

September 14th, 2009
5:19 am

Kanye took advantage of the fact Taylor won….had any other female in the catagory won (Pink, Kayte Parry…etc.) he would have thought twice as he would have gotten a swift kick in the nads. He needs to realize if you go to the VMAs year after year and don’t win maybe it’s time to try some new that you may actually be good at and move on. Beyance has more class then Kanye ever will and yes, he just looks like a bigger a$$ since she won an even better award.

renig

September 14th, 2009
5:35 am

racist, yall sound real foolish saying that
before swift performed she was ask who would she like to see perform, she said she was excited to see kanye. crazy this happen after she said that

Patrick

September 14th, 2009
5:58 am

I will say this first to make sure it’s clear. I am a man of color. I have only found one song of Kanye’s worth owning. I have never been a fan of him..his music..or his attitude. I am truly embarrassed that someone with his spotlight continuously makes a mockery of the opportunity to do good. The elephant in the room is yes as cras as this was some people who share my ethnic background may cheer since it was country and they wouldn’t know Taylor Swift from Trisha Yearwood. I understand that our country is trying hard to deal with race right now. Having a man in the white house that represents a growing minority is troubling to some. It also gave some false hopes to others. Kanye represents the segment of all society that has a huge chip on their shoulder and they can’t shake it. They want to blame everyone else for it , but they wish to take little or no responsibility for it. There are blacks, whites, hispanics, asians..you name it that have this chip. The difference between them and Kanye..he is invited to high profile events and he is given a microphone. Taylor Swift handled it well..better than she should have. Unforetunately you won’t hear from the so called Black spokespeople on this one..Al and Jesse will be silent. I didn’t vote for them to represent me anyway..I don’t think anyone did. They were chosen by the media..and they accepted the job and its spotlight. No form of justice will ever correct the wrongs of the generations before us that failed to get the race thing right. Its our job to move forward..Stop bashing Barak..but hold him accountable..as we should..stop blaming Republicans…they are at fault but they were not alone. Stop giving Kayne a mic and lets move forward. If we don’t people like Kanye win..and we as a people and as a nation lose..the price at losing in 2009 is greater now than at any other time in our history. Drop MTV and pick up a book…oops we were talking about Kanye.

Mandi Pinni

September 14th, 2009
6:03 am

While I too consider Kanye West’s behavior aawful, disrespectful and “hammy” (as in getting PR and all this attention), I cannot believe how much press this is getting! He’s getting more press mimicking ‘Joe Wilson’ than ‘Joe Wilson’ did against an American President! This is bad to me. I’ll share why I am upset at this: This is Music Television that many of your readers (and possibly you, the writer) wont remember how ’selective’ it was. How the then President of MTV put out a note at that time saying they would only show Rock videos and Blacks don’t ‘rock’. Kanye’s ill-conceived notion here – did this on the night that Michael Jackson was being honored, who fought tooth and nail mind you to get his and others including Country Music stars videos played on MTV. Taylor Swift was the recipient of a horrible speak out gone wrong. If that is the case, putting Kanye’s behavior aside and looking at the reaction to all of this I’ve gotta now wonder: Was Kanye’s intent, not his behavior, but intent…correct? We have much to learn about ourselves.

Mike

September 14th, 2009
6:07 am

Ahh yes, another low class exibition from low life West. A true disgrace to African Americans. He and Beyonce are at opposite ends of the class spectrum. West “don’t like White People.”.

momtoAlex&Max

September 14th, 2009
6:14 am

For as long as I can, I will not expose my children to enteretainers on television. My kids listen to ALL kinds of music, but they don’t know who these people are; with the exception of Hanna Montana (a bubble head) and the JonasBrothers (idiots that peddle their religion as if it were snake oil, and this comes from a Christian btw); whom they don’t like.

I encourage my kids to look up to every day people who are good role models: some teachers, scout leaders, coaches, etc. I expose my children to the kinds of people that I would want them to be when they grow up. Entertainers always struck me as ego filled bubbleheads. No thanks. And for the most part, that goes to sports figures too. I don’t need to explain why “their hero” got kicked out of a team because he used drugs/raped a woman/abused dogs/cheated.

edward

September 14th, 2009
6:17 am

So Kanya pulled a Spike Lee. The MTV base is urban – its really amazing that a CW star would even have a chance!

bull-gator

September 14th, 2009
6:17 am

somebody needs to kick Kanye’s a$$

elainer7

September 14th, 2009
6:19 am

Taylor will gain alot of sympathy and even more astounding record sales thanks to Kanye. Just in time for the CMA’s too. Kanye needs to be locked up.

jw

September 14th, 2009
6:21 am

Dang it – Kanye, messes up someone’s great moment by trying to be the ‘dude in charge’. Guess we will have to put up with the ‘race’ card comments now for the next 6 months – Hey world – want a sore loser – dictionaries all over the world are now putting a picture of Kanye West beside the word – definition enough. When is the public and events going to stop inviting someone who only cares about himself and how much money he has and how much bling he can possess. Good job, Taylor, you had a chance to really bust his chops but did the right thing – he is just a big bully.

Mid-South Philosopher

September 14th, 2009
6:27 am

Some folks are just the “south end of a north bound mule.” Few of them, like Kanye West, go on national T.V. to remove all doubt!

itsme

September 14th, 2009
6:31 am

LOL at Poopy Pants. No, Mr. No Class West would never have gotten away with such behavior at the CMAs. He would have had an escort to the door.

Mark

September 14th, 2009
6:33 am

Please don’t make it a race thing. This shows that there is a small % of race ignorance with both … but the majority knows “the right thing”. I didn’t see it cause I turned it off and sent my kids to bed early as so language was blanked out. Even though you don’t kear it, the first thing children do is race to the lyrics to see what they said. Too bad we have allowed enterainment to stoop to such a level.

woodie

September 14th, 2009
6:37 am

Hopefully Kanye West is not invited to any more awards ceremonies. He’s pretty much a talentless hack anyway. And he seems to be racist to boot.

lmao

September 14th, 2009
6:46 am

i never liked kanye west and now i can show proof why i dont like him or his music :D (but i am a hip hop fan)

Darreltavious Tucker

September 14th, 2009
7:07 am

Kanye – Quit reinforcing the stereotype.

Ms.Simon

September 14th, 2009
7:23 am

Let me just say that I didn’t agree with how Kanye came out.

But…………

I must say I agree with him. No way Taylor Swift should have won over Beyonce. Guess what, Some of you KNOW you agree that Beyonce should have won over Taylor also.

motherjanegoose

September 14th, 2009
7:33 am

I AM CLUELESS ABOUT THIS DISCUSSION. I do not watch much TV.

I do remember when Brittney Spears first came out and my daughter was ooing and awing ( sp?) over her.
My neighbor told me how cute and wholesome she thought she was and I was not convinced. I smelt trouble and guess the aroma was hidden well but I did pick up the scent. In fairness, I think it is very difficult to remain wholesome while being someone attached to Hollywood…too many influences.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to nurse and mother…have a great one! Happy Early Birthday to newmom’s baby girl and do we have any news on number 2?

@ newmom ( late Friday comment) …it IS a blast to meet some of the posters on this blog, such as having lunch with DB on Friday at one of your favorite Italian places….can you guess?

I will NOT be planning a Momania reunion as I catch too much grief for simply stating my opinion.

I really enjoy meeting new folks and getting to know them one on one. There are many posters on this blog ( IMO) are simply here to be anonymous nutcases who would prefer not to show their face as an attachment to their comment I am all for having lunch with anyone who wants to get together.. or if someone else wants to take on the planning for the group. Please let me know.
Have a great day all!

Tray

September 14th, 2009
7:36 am

RACISM!!!

Kanye is just upset because some little white girl won. BooHOO Kanye, go cry to your momma-no one hear is listening to you!

Tray

September 14th, 2009
7:37 am

It’s also not a ’stereotype’ when more than half the people in the U.S. act that way…quit confusing stereotypes for truths!

U are so stupid

September 14th, 2009
7:44 am

I don’t think there were racial undertones to what he did. He was drunk, Beyonce is the wife of his close friend/former boss, and Beyonce’s song did get more airplay on the radio, on tv, online, etc. than the Taylor’s video. I barely know the song and that is only because I looked for it when I kept hearing her name being mentioned.

He was wrong for what he did, and I don’t think anyone (black or white) thinks that what he did was ok. He has done this before, his behavior is his own. Why is it that white people are not penalized and associated with every crime or misstep that a white person makes, but let a lone person of color do a crime or make a mistake and we are all lumped in the same group. Kanye’s actions stand on their own.

JATL

September 14th, 2009
7:49 am

Yes, Kanye is a classless moron, but didn’t we already know that? Anyway -to the topic, yes, I think Taylor Swift makes a fine role model, but keep in mind that performers and singers like Ms. Perry are not performing with your small, young child in mind. Don’t remember how old Rose is, but I’m pretty sure she’s in the under 12 set. I know kids in elementary school enjoy listening to pop music and watching videos, but you can control who they see. It’s nice if a popular performer like Ms. Swift is a great and wholesome role model, but folks, please -rock, rap, pop -it’s all for older “kids” and adults! It’s always had a sexual undertone, so don’t get up-in-arms over anything. When I was 13 Madonna hit the stage. I loved her, listened to her, watched her and dressed as much like her as my parents would allow -but I didn’t act like her. At the same time, Michael Jackson was grabbing his crotch left and right. I seem to remember long before my time that people were aghast at Elvis’s swiveling crotch. Raise your kids right, and you won’t have to rely so much on “role models”.

Faith in 09

September 14th, 2009
7:51 am

@ April – My children are 7 and 9. As a parent I do not feel it is appropriate for young children to have a face book account (thier father tried to create one for them and after 20 people who may have known him that I didn’t know myself wanted to befriend them I told him no). I do not allow my children to listen to most of the current “music” and I use that term loosly in my house because when you get past the beat and listen to the lyrics it’s horrible. I block many of the chanels on the t.v. that they watch because I don’t think they should be subjected to it. We talk everyday about the choices they are faced with, their actions and the actions of others. I point out to them everyday what acceptable behavior is and isn’t. They are both straight A students and at appropriate times I select which after school activities they will participate in and will not. It’s my role as a parent. So when I say that I do not allow them to choose entertainers as role models, that’s exactly what I mean. I am often telling them abou the power of one, and use people in thier everyday life as well as those who have gone before them as role models to follow.

Parent pressure should far outweigh peer pressure. My children are not focused on having the latest and most expensive game, gadget or clothing. I am working very hard to get them to realize that it’s the character of a person that far outweighs the outward appearance. If anything, if I did allow them to watch MTV, I would use the VMAs as a tool to show how society puts people in places that thier character cannot keep them. Just because someone is able to gain the spotlight, doesn’t mean that they deserve to be in it, nor does it mean that we have to listen to them.

The higher the gloss, the cheaper the merchandise.

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

September 14th, 2009
7:54 am

JATL — You are right — Michael and I were talking about that last night. Rose is young but she really does like music in general and that just means we are really, really going to have to monitor what she would like to listen to and watch videowise and make sure they are OK for her — many will not be. Like I said, we had to shut off a Katy Perry video yesterday for questionable language. Rose knows how to use the on demand videos on our cable so she watches the ones she likes. I always know when she’s doing it I just have a hard time understanding a lot of lyrics and sometimes don’t catch “oh wait a second, that’s bad.”

mustbmonday

September 14th, 2009
8:07 am

nice, teresa, go to the well again on a monday morning. Neil would be proud.

Kathy

September 14th, 2009
8:07 am

MJG….you had lunch at my favorite Italian restaurant and didn’t invite me?!?!?!? : )

Sarah

September 14th, 2009
8:11 am

I think everyone’s mouth dropped open when Kanye ran on stage. I was so disappointed in him. Shame on you Kanye!

jay

September 14th, 2009
8:13 am

There are certain standards for everything in life, including behavior. It is the ‘behavior’ of a few that is hurting the African American most of all and not the color of skin. K West’ behavior was rude and he will bear the consequences. Serena Williams was rude and she will bear the consequences – in a major way! Wake up people and be a little nicer and kinder to your fellow man/woman. It is not all about you all the time!

Jason

September 14th, 2009
8:15 am

Kanye has this bone in his head that keeps him from thinking beyond ignorant.

motherjanegoose

September 14th, 2009
8:16 am

@ Kathy
Oh jeepers….you actually WANT to go to lunch with me? READER alert…just a few folks do like me!

Briscoe

September 14th, 2009
8:19 am

Kanye West is a racist. Dont apologize for what you say, but for how it makes someone feel. He wouldnt have said it if he didnt mean it. So dont try to make it better by sayn your sorry. Boycott his music. If that’s what it is. Some people say its not about racism, then you fail to see the whole picture. If Kid Rock did the same to Beyounce, he wouldve been jumped before he got off stage. Congratulations Taylor, you soooooo deserve this award. And as far a class, I would have loved to seen her shove that award straight up his A**, so far that it would get lodged in his nostrials.

Blaqdoll

September 14th, 2009
8:28 am

What Kanye did was totally tacky and disrespectful. I think he is still holding a grudge when he lost to Brittany Spears a few years back for Video of the Year. He is always talking about unity and unity among the artists; but shows his natural a*@ on television. Regardless of what he believes, Beyonce had already stated on the red carpet that out of the 9 nominations she had, she wanted Video of the Year the most. She got what she wanted, and I am proud to see that she let Taylor have her moment. She deserved it.

Becky

September 14th, 2009
8:41 am

Thank you Patrick..I’m white and I agree that as there are (probably) a lot of black people that don’t listen to what is considered white music and vice versa..I don’t know that much of what Kanye sings, I just know that I don’t like the things that I have heard about him..

As for Taylor, I don’t really like her voice, but I do like her songs..I know that sounds contrasting (sp). I do think that she appears to be a really nice, very hardworking young woman..I hope she has a very long succesful career..Kudos to Beyonce for being so classy..

LADY E, ATL

September 14th, 2009
8:41 am

JUST DON’T INVITE KAYNE WEST TO ANY OTHER SHOWS. HE HAS SHOWN HE DOESN’T KNOW HOW TO ACT IN PUBLIC. PEOPLE LIKE HIM YOU HAVE TO SHOW HIM THAT HIS BEHAVIOR WILL NOT BE TOLERATED. I SAY JUST BLACK BALL HIM FROM ALL AWARDS SHOWS.

Rodster

September 14th, 2009
8:48 am

It was a classless thing to do. KW is trash.

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

September 14th, 2009
8:51 am

Beyonce was classy! it was very sweet and genuine!

Tyree

September 14th, 2009
8:53 am

The male version of Serena Williams. Just because you are a celebrity it does not give you divine right. He should make an apology to Taylor Swift and his own fans.

BB

September 14th, 2009
8:54 am

His lack of professionalism is apparent every time he opens his mouth. Consumers need to tell him we do not like his actions by not buying his music. The racist people in this country are making fools of themselves here lately….Joe Wilson, Kanye West….the rest of us need to ignore them and keep our equality values alive.

Jennifer

September 14th, 2009
8:55 am

People, please get off the how he was raised topic. This man was raised to know better, as he’s stated before. His mother was an Engligh Doctorate and professor at a University. HE KNEW BETTER!!!!

I’m a black female. This has nothing to do with race. I was disgusted and embarassed. I applaud MTV for making him leave; however it should not have taken until the end of the show for Taylor to get her moment. He HAD a chance. He HAD a mother who cared for him and loved him. She tought him how to be a man. He’s now CHOOSING not to follow.

I think the most important thing in all of this, is he lost his mother tragically and way to soon in life. He’s still fairly young as adults go. I’m 29. If I lost either of my parents now, I would be shut down mentally. He needs help, in all seriousness. I see a suicide coming. Before there’s another Michael Jackson type revalation of how we turned on Kanye, someone who loves him i.e. Jay-Z, Beyonce, Rhianna, needs to get him help QUICKLY! Don’t feed off his fame and do shows with him, but not get him the help he clearly needs. If Jay’s supposed to be his big brother role model type, I want to see some help like he ran to Rhianna.

ed

September 14th, 2009
9:08 am

Kanye West and Serena Williams are both undermining the good images that other African-Americans, like Beyonce, have built up.

Ben Dover

September 14th, 2009
9:12 am

I think kanye is an idiot…… I wish somebody would jumped up there and broke his face….. He cant even sing, and cant win an award so he does that…. Taylor should have said nobody can understand you, open your mouth retard…….. Kanye is the worst singer,rapper, everything…. he should have been aborted from birth………. GIVE NO RESPECT- GET NO RESPECT……….

JJ

September 14th, 2009
9:16 am

Taylor Swift could be a role model to some adults!!!

She handled that whole situation with grace. Kanye is such a loser. Good thing his momma is gone so she wouldn’t have to witness such childless behaviour.

JJ

September 14th, 2009
9:16 am

I meant Childish behavior.

YUKI

September 14th, 2009
9:17 am

I think Taylor Swift is a nice role model for young girls….at least someone out there is. As far as that idiot Kanye, he got exactly what he was looking for- a bunch of attention today. I didn’t watch the awards because I can’t stand those shows, but I heard about it on the radio this morning. The man is a total moron. That poor little girl standing there not knowing what to do… I agree, Beyonce showed a lot of class in what she did at the end.

jw

September 14th, 2009
9:26 am

I will stand by my older post and add one more thing – since these are awards shows and FAN voting is allowed, maybe Mr. West needs to learn how to use some of that green to vote for Beyonce a few more times, that way he can jump up on stage and really impress her – I voted for you 150,000 times at .99 a pop – girl you owe me big -

BB

September 14th, 2009
9:27 am

These celebrities that we make rich need to be held accountable for their actions. They have the best job in the world and we put them there so do not buy their music. If you can not handle the fame do something else. What if we went to an award show related to our job, showed up drunk and acted like that…..how long would we keep our job? The entertainment industry is out of control just like Wall Street was….with all the money consumers put in their pockets you would think they would have more respect for us and act like civilized professionals.

jct

September 14th, 2009
9:29 am

We have tried to instill that entertainers and athletes are not role models. Children should be looking closer to home. Role models should be aunts, uncles, counsins, local people that you can actully meet.

MTV, BET, VHI were blocked in our house until our son graduate high school. We did not want him watching videos all day long. While we did not ban any type of music (1. we wanted to hear what he was listening to and 2. banning doesn’t work), we did speak about his musical choices and why he like certain types of music.

Certainly kids will follow fades (remember cutting your sweat shirt so it would hang off the shoulder like J. Beals in Flashdance!). I think that is fine and healthy. It is their journey to figure out who they want to be in the world.

However, Kanye’s behavior last night was deplorable. I truly do think he has a mental illness. He lacks any type of filter. Even if he thought Beyonce had a better video, he should have kept that to himself. Thank goodness Taylor and Beyonce so class and compassion in this incident.

What a loser

September 14th, 2009
9:37 am

Kanye West has no respect and is a big crybaby. He IS a racist. I want to say I won’t buy his music anymore, but I never did in the first place. If you can’t see racial undertones, you are blind. To say white people aren’t penalized is a joke. I heard that idiot apologized on his blog this morning like he didn’t know what he did. That is funny.

I will say that I am really impressed on how Beyonce handled the situation. Very classy on her part.

pffft

September 14th, 2009
9:41 am

id like to see someone have a little, ahem, talk with kanye so they have to wire his stupid mouth shut permanantly.

KDMack

September 14th, 2009
9:42 am

Best comment award goes to JCT! I hope your son makes you a very proud parent. Kanye has some serious issues doesn’t have anything to do with race.

Bloggers please understand that one person doesn’t speak for the African-American race it’s are a very, very diverse group. I can’t understand why it’s so hard for everyone to understand.

rickyboooby

September 14th, 2009
9:45 am

I think Taylor Swift is an outstanding and talented musician, and it shows in all the work she does! As far as Kanye West goes, Ive honestly never liked the guy since the whole saying “Bush doesnt like black people” and now this, this guy is nothing but trash, Ive never spent a dime on his music and never will. I enjoy r&b/rap music, but Kanye doesnt have any original style, go home Kanye and get your shine box, your not welcome in the music world, show some class!

lottiegottie

September 14th, 2009
9:49 am

I totally agree with Ricky, Kanye is nothing but trash, and yes “he” really brings race into it in a behind the scenes kinda way. Beyonce is awesome and talented so is Swift, but Ms. Kanye West just showed how much class and respect he has by making that stupid remark, what a punk!!!!

EW

September 14th, 2009
9:49 am

Congressman Wilson = Classless, Kanye West = Classless…EVEN..

pop music is bad music

September 14th, 2009
9:51 am

I tell my son that most popular music is garbage and that if you want to listen to anything good, you have to search for it. Same thing with television, movies, and every other aspect of pop culture. Most of it is garbage.

yungbuck

September 14th, 2009
9:54 am

EW, what does Congressman Wilson have to do with this? He was actually right on his comments, but went about it by blurting it out which was not classless but just rude. kanye has made rude comments and blurted out like a little kid a few times before, none of which was geared towards anything but race and total nonsense. Comparing kanye to Congressman Wilson is like comparing apples to donuts, no comparison.

rickyboooby

September 14th, 2009
9:57 am

My friend Jeff has a job opening at his business for a shop sweeper/errand runner, kanye would be perfect for this, oh wait, forgot, he prolly couldnt keep his mouth shut. Nevermind.

EW

September 14th, 2009
10:00 am

yungbuck…You just made the comparison..both were right, “but went about blurting it out which is not classless but just rude”…

Scott

September 14th, 2009
10:02 am

This clip shows what kind of person HE is and what kind of person SHE is. Quite a difference. She should not apologize for winning. And I guess being half dressed and shaking your a$$ around makes for the best video of all time. Why not make a video showing your singing talent rather than your “other” talents.

lady kiki

September 14th, 2009
10:07 am

… i wonder how jack@$$ kanye was treated at the after parties…

Lili

September 14th, 2009
10:10 am

Beyoce showed amazing grace and class. That was wonderful of her to acknowledge Taylor during her moment….

Shame on Kanye…he is such an ass and proves it over and over…I will turn my radio, TV, etc. off anytime his on…he will not receive my money or support….what a punk!

Robin Geaney

September 14th, 2009
10:15 am

David Archuleta and Taylor Swift are the only two my kids get to watch or listen to. I grew up listening to music and it has always been a big part of my life. My dad’s room mate in college was the manager for the Allmand Brother’s and we even spent time with the group at times. Not the best role models in the world, but it did give me great appreciation for all types of music at an early age. I think it is up to the parents to decide who your child listens to at an early age.

Kevin

September 14th, 2009
10:15 am

I did not see the show and am reading about it this morning. I tend to listen to primarily country music and contemporary Christian so my selection of a role model would be limited to these genres. I would suggest Brad Paisley as one example.

Truth Hurts

September 14th, 2009
10:16 am

@ Sheineekwa… I am sure Kanye (and the other numerous “baby daddy” you have) already know your ghetto legs are wide open 4 business!! What trash cans Kanye and you are !!

Peachy

September 14th, 2009
10:20 am

Everyone who’s blurting out that Kanye West is racist needs to stop. This man obviously has a problem because this is not the first time he has done this. We cannot put the blame on his mother’s death because it has happened a few times before her demise (and I’m quite sure she’s turning over in her grave right about now, RIP). I think vast majority who were watching the VMAs were shocked and flabbergasted by what he did, which I will agree was very rude, classless and immature. Regardless of whether he was right in his feelings or not, there is a time and a place for everything and stealing the spotlight from Taylor Swift, which she deserved, was dead wrong, period!!! I think that all races, blacks, whites and other were appalled by his actions…so lets not take it there.

As far as comparing him to Congressman Wilson, the only comparison is that what they both did was disrespectful and unnecessary…that’s it, so lets leave him out of it.

I do give Beyonce kudos for being a class act and allow Taylor Swift to have her moment that was taken away from her. I respect her so much more now than I have in the past.

Once again, Kanye West needs help. That is not to excuse his behavior, because he should have known better, but anyone who has a habit of this type of behavior obviously needs some type of counseling and him holding a Hennessy bottle on the red carpet definitely did not help matters and somewhat explains what he did, but it’s still no excuse. I’m going to pray for him and I hope many will do the same.

lottiegottie

September 14th, 2009
10:20 am

I agree with BG, kanye needs a good but kicking! He needs his clock cleaned!

Cee

September 14th, 2009
10:22 am

I agree that Kanye was OUT OF LINE. He was clearly intoxicated as well. There are rumors that this was an MTV set up and I wouldnt be surprised because look at their last few awards shows (for ex: Eminem storming out after Bruno landed in his lap) It was very childish of Kanye to do that but I do not believe he is a racist. Look at his blog – everything he posts is far from urban. Do you think he would be working for GAP or Louis Vuitton if he was a racist? Matter of fact, did you all see his girlfriend – SHE IS WHITE. Amber Rose is WHITE! I am not justifying his actions at all but let’s not use the race card. He is very arrogant and ignorant at times but I doubt a racist.

Also, Kanye won an award but they gave it to someone else (I forgot which category) but I think he deserved that as a punishment plus they cancelled his performance which was good because there was no way he should be allowed on stage after that. He’s gotten better with his “ego” but I guess he let that bottle of Henny get in the way of that at the show.

Melissa

September 14th, 2009
10:23 am

Kanye displayed a total lack of respect to everyone, especially Taylor Swift. Sad to say, he probably does not realize or care what his actions say about his own character. Kudos to Beyonce for her show of class and empathy towards Taylor. Apparently, Kayne is not able to conduct himself properly in public. Who carries a whiskey bottle around for the night? He should be banned from attending such events. He is a complete embarrassment for so many reasons.

Denise

September 14th, 2009
10:26 am

I am embarrassed that Kanye showed his @$$ last night, and not just because I am Black. He is a jackass that needs to sit down somewhere. I have never and will never buy any of his music. I believe that until he suffers some serious consequences he will keep acting that way. I say hit him in the pockets. And he needs to never be invited to any awards ceremony ever again. Certainly never get nominated or win an award.

Gary

September 14th, 2009
10:28 am

Don’t care for the VMA’s because they always try to make a spectacle out of it and of course my favorite genre isn’t taken seriously as the events of last night show, but I saw everything on the headlines this morning and caught a video of the events.

First off, let me say that although I am a country fan, I am not that big a fan of Taylor Swift. The girl is sweet as can be and is an all around good kid, but she is a one subject song writer/singer and I do think country radio overexposes her just a bit. Liked her first 2 or 3 songs, but after that is became repetitive. However, with that said, she definitely deserves her accolades because she has worked her arse off to achieve it and have achieved chart topping success. What happened to her last night was sick and demeaning not only to female artists, but country music in general (which is why I don’t watch the VMAs or Grammys because of the anti-country bias those two shows have). She handled it with grace even though I would not blame her one bit for breaking down on stage and crying. I also wouldn’t blame her for jap-slapping Kayne West so hard he fell off the stage. Kudos to her for the award and how she handled herself. If I was her father, Kayne West would be sitting in a hospital this morning and Taylor would be bailing ole dad out of the city jail. And a standing ovation to Beyonce for the class act she showed with inviting Taylor back on stage at the end. Beyonce is what role model truly is. Graceful even in victory.

Dr. R

September 14th, 2009
10:35 am

This is what our culture has come to: If you think it, say it, and do whatever you want regardless of who it hurts. We see it in entertainment, in politics (like the bozo who hollered during the president’s speech), in sports. Civility, decorum and just being polite no longer count in our lives of self-indulgence. It’s all about us and not the people around us. This is the same petulant child who called out the president at an earlier awards show for “hating black people” because of Katrina response. He either is dumb as a bag of hammers and doesn’t see the irony here, or he’s just so locked into his own school of thought that he can’t see his own lack of compassion. Probably both. He ruined a special moment for the young lady, but I’m guessing he won’t really get that, either. If only we could raise our kids to think of others instead of focusing on their “self-esteem.” I think our self-esteem is too damn high and it’s time someone took Mr. West’s generation down a couple of pegs. Does Miss Swift, perhaps, have an older brother who plays football?

confused

September 14th, 2009
10:47 am

Black, white; white black…whatever. It was wrong what Kanye did. Period! Would’ve been the same to me if the male was white & the female black. Oh, by the way, I’m african american, not caucasian american. Not all of us are the thuggish racists that some want us to be. Some of us are actually quite intelligent. So, don’t judge a people by what some do (I don’t judge all white ppl by the actions of the KKK or other white supremacists).

Anyway, what most seem to forget to mention is that Beyonce’ gave Taylor her time to shine. She graciously gave up her moment to this young lady. Kudos to Beyonce’ for it. Personally I’m confused at how Taylor beat out Pink and Lady Gaga (two white women). I don’t listen to her music, but I guess she must be pretty talented to win over those two & Beyonce’. Congrats to her.

As for Taylor being a role model…she nor anyone else asks to be. But, that’s what they are. If one doesn’t want their child to think of an entertainer, sports or political figure, etc. as a role model, then do something to prove yourself worthy to be one. Wouldn’t it be better for the child to look to the parent as a role model? Just a thought.

Also, great job to MTV & Janet for the tribute to the King of Pop! We miss you Michael!!

Kem

September 14th, 2009
10:50 am

First I will not even attempt to defend Kanye. However, I bet a great deal of the people blogging were not this offended when Wilson called Pres. Obama a liar. Also you cannot compare Serena Williams outburst with Kanye’s. Serena’ was a reaction to a terrible call in the US Open. In the heat of the battle.

A lot of the bloggers have turned this into a racial issue. Rev. Sharpton, Jackson, Wright and others would not even waste their time with this non-issue.

JoeV

September 14th, 2009
10:51 am

The “Allmand” Brothers band? You’re nuts!

wanye

September 14th, 2009
10:57 am

kanye west……….
not cool man…not at all.

he just did it, cuz he wanted tha attention, since he didn’t win an award and cuz of his boy.. jay-z(sean carter)
dat’s his (jay-z’s) wife (beyonce).

wanye

September 14th, 2009
10:58 am

kanye ….
u lose lotta cool pts. 4 dat 1, man

FCM

September 14th, 2009
10:59 am

They say she did the subway performance live:

Swift did just that. Minutes after having her acceptance speech interrupted by Kanye West, the Best Female Video winner took to the city’s subways and streets to perform her song “You Belong With Me.”

Dressed in a brown trench and black beanie, the 19-year-old began her performance busking in the 42nd Street Bryant Park subway station. As her unrequited-love song crescendoed, the country star tossed off her dowdy attire to reveal a knee-length, cherry-red dress, hopping onto the F Train to begin her subway dance party. Flanked by a carful of passengers, the party train docked at the Rockefeller Center stop, where Taylor emerged in front of Radio City Music Hall, ending her performance atop a yellow cab declaring, “I love you, New York!”
(MTV SITE)

BB

September 14th, 2009
11:01 am

As a white American I am proud of how President Obama acted after Joe Wilson’s outburst and I am proud of how Beyonce acted after Kanye West’s outburst. That is how our children should be taught to act.

LOL

September 14th, 2009
11:16 am

I was reading another story that chronicles the list of all the disruptive things that Kanye has done. It’s amazing how long it is http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/musicblog/2009/sep/14/kanye-west-taylor-swift-timeline.

It’s one thing to have an opinion that the award should have gone to another person. Each to their own. It’s completely over the line to take a mic from a person who just won an award and said another person should have gotten it. In my opinion, he should be banned from the show. However VMA and other award shows probably welcome the publicity.

Amy in the ATL

September 14th, 2009
11:35 am

I don’t know about role models for kids at the VMAs, but I do think there are some lessons for the adults and older kids. For one, getting drunk and acting like an a*hole is selfish and hurtful, including to the ones you may be trying to “help” (in this case, Beyonce). Second, I think we also witnessed some very good gracious behavior, which would have happened when the empathetic Beyonce gave her airtime up to let Taylor finish her speech. That was very classy, and I hope that act of kindness gave a little sparkle back to Taylor’s evening.

On a side note, I hope the very influential Jay-Z makes special mention of Kanye’s voice recording “enhancements” and bad behavior in his next song…..

Kanye West

September 14th, 2009
11:37 am

It’s because I’m black, isn’t it?

Man, why everthing gotta be racial?

Hmmm

September 14th, 2009
11:39 am

Does anyone think that just maybe MTV staged this whole act?

JJ

September 14th, 2009
11:42 am

Robin Geaney your 10:15 post is very sad. You ONLY allow your kids to watch or listen to two entertainers, but you grew up with the Allman’s?

How do you plan to get your kids to love and appreciate music by only allowing two?

I never censored any music in my house. I wanted my child to learn to love all kinds of music, not just what I like……I have made comments about certain songs, but I will not censor music in my home……

Right and Wrong?????

September 14th, 2009
11:43 am

Even though Kanye was wrong, how many times has White people made a racial remark? Left black people out, murdered them, and rapped the women? All of it is wrong, but he felt justified in his actions just like white people felt justified in their actions. There is to much in this world to worry about, if a young lady got an award over another. I never heard the young lady, but if she is up for an award she must be good. NO ONE should have stole her moment, that was an experience of a life time. I hope that she gets many more.

Please stop.....

September 14th, 2009
11:46 am

@You’re wrong Michael – Here we go again…..The people that make the most noise about something being about race ARE THE ONES that make it about race!!! Don’t you get it?!?!?

Gamer

September 14th, 2009
11:47 am

Meh….FAIL!!!

confused

September 14th, 2009
11:53 am

lakerat, MTV stands for “Music Television”. Country music is music whether you listen to it or not. I’m not a fan of it, but I do enjoy a song every now & then. Some could say that a rapper has no business winning an MTV award. I never saw Taylor’s video or listened to her music, but again, she must be talented to beat out the ladies she did (I mentioned all but Kelly Clarkston in my last post. Sorry. She’s really talented also). What Kanye said was his OPINION. So Beyonce’ didn’t win best female video. She did win video of the year. I again give her props for letting Taylor have her moment.

I thought this blog was supposed about Taylor being a role model. We all have pretty much step away from that subject. From all I’ve heard, she’s a good person. I still feel the parent should be the positive role model, but if one has noone else then she would be as good as any. I’d rather she be one then Kanye. Just as I’d rather President Obama be instead of Joe Wilson. Wilson & West both lack class. There is a way to express your opinion without being disrespectful to anyone. Both President Obama & Taylor Swift handled their oppossers with dignity and grace. Role models? I would think so.

Ramblin Rick

September 14th, 2009
11:54 am

The guys on South Park nailed Kanye Waist a few months ago… What a terrible thing to do to a 19 year old kid….

pop music is bad music

September 14th, 2009
11:55 am

The most shocking thing about all of this is that they still have a video music awards show. I was not aware that MTV even showed any videos.

1911A1

September 14th, 2009
11:58 am

Real BIG MAN, picking on the young girl. I’d like to see what would happen if he pulled that with Hank Jr. instead.

lakerat

September 14th, 2009
11:58 am

@confused

Do they play ANY Country music on MTV? NO!!! I rest my case.

Bobby

September 14th, 2009
12:00 pm

What about Michael Vick as a role model? He screwed up, paid his price, admitted he was wrong, and has gone back to work with no attitude. He doesn’t act like the world owes him anything, he’s just back doing what he loves to do.

Good job Miss Swift for being a class act. Just goes to show that country girls with a good raising are the kind of girls the world needs more of.

STOP TALKING!!!!

September 14th, 2009
12:02 pm

@lakerat

Do they play ANY music period on MTV? NO!!!

Who Cares?

September 14th, 2009
12:04 pm

Just another example of some of the people in our society who do not even deserve recognition, much less attention! What a moron! Taylor Swift earns an award, and this useless pile gets on stage and runs his mouth. People, right and wrong knows no color. This guy should never be allowed on stage again with other people. If he wants to draw a croud of his “followers and fans”, then so be it. But he has once again shown that if he’s going to be in a crowd, he needs to be chained, shackeled, and and have his mouth stuffed so everyone else in the room can enjoy the environment they’re in. Disgusting!

JJ

September 14th, 2009
12:06 pm

I am so stinking sick of this racial crap!!!!

I wish it would go away…….

New Stepmom

September 14th, 2009
12:07 pm

@lakerat….because Taylor Swift has crossover appeal, many of her songs have been remastered for the pop audience. I listen to her on country radio and my step daughter hears her remastered tunes on pop stations. That is why she is on MTV. It is called marketing.

I agree with Theresa that Miss Swift is a good role model and hope that this episode only brightens her star. Her music is a little single themed, but 10 year olds don’t care and I do not mind my step daughter hearing this young talent. The things I like the best are she dresses appropriately for her age, she writes her own music, she does not seem to be sleeping around (if she is that is her business, but she is not advertising it), and she does genuinely have a good voice.

confused

September 14th, 2009
12:08 pm

@ lakerat, unlike you, I don’t sit in front of the television all day watching MTV so I don’t know if they play country or not. Regardless, Kanye was wrong in the way he handled the situation dear!!! Get over it. @ Stop Talking…thanks.

confused

September 14th, 2009
12:10 pm

Becky

September 14th, 2009
12:16 pm

@confused..Loved your fist paragraph..It’s a shame others are judged by the actions of someone else just because of race..

As for her talent..As I posted earlier, I don’t really think she’s that great of a singer, but I do like her songs..I think she’s more for the tweens..I don’t listen to a lot of Pink and I’m not sure if I know anything tha Lady Gaga sings..I was raised on mostly country and southern rock..I do listen to a lot of different music now & I’m all the time asking a fellow coworker who sings this or if we are talkig about a song, I’ll ask if I know who that is and she’ll say yes or no..

SAR

September 14th, 2009
12:17 pm

I still can’t forget how he cried and cried all over television about his mother dying after her blotched surgery. The punk would never do this to a guy, he’s too big of a sissy.

lakerat

September 14th, 2009
12:20 pm

@confused

No you have better things to do like spend your day on a newspaper blog arguing about nonsense.

Ripley

September 14th, 2009
12:21 pm

Ms.Simon

September 14th, 2009
7:23 am
Let me just say that I didn’t agree with how Kanye came out.

But…………

I must say I agree with him. No way Taylor Swift should have won over Beyonce. Guess what, Some of you KNOW you agree that Beyonce should have won over Taylor also.

——————————————–

Do you not understand this award? The viewers vote for the awards and the most passionate viewers/audience are teenage girls (Titanic $1.8 billion boxoffice champ for twelve years; Twilight hoopla?) They are Taylor Swift’s main fans and they vote often, just ask American Idol. And by the way, it’s your opinion that Beyonce should have won, I don’t share it and I’m not a kid.

Beyonce was lovely and gracious in trying to save the night for that child – I applaude her.

Kanye West

September 14th, 2009
12:22 pm

You have to understand. I miss my mommy very much and that makes it ok for me to do stupid things.

Denise

September 14th, 2009
12:22 pm

It is disturbing to me that people are saying that Kanye West is undermining the image that Beyonce and other Black folks have built up. This is 2009. Beyonce, though she is beautiful, talented, and graceful, has not built an image of Black people. Who we are as people -as AMERICANS – has nothing to do with one person’s outburst nor one person’s positive response. We have a Black President and we’re talking about Kanye’s impact on race relations. WTH? I know folks don’t like President Obama (so what, he’s still OUR president like Bush was OUR president) but clearly his accomplishments, his wife’s accomplishments, other Black people’s accomplishments speak more about Black people than Kanye’s stupid ass. And if you disagree then you might be a racist, or at least someone who wants to look down on Black people as a practice. Another thought – Does Wilson’s outburst color the way White people are seen? He was tacky, disrespectful, arrogant, and basically an ass (just like Kanye). Is he now the poster child for how ALL White people behave? No. And some people have the audacity to justify his bad behavior because they disrespect President Obama. Classy, really classy. Except it’s not.

JoeV

September 14th, 2009
12:23 pm

Becky,

Thanks for divulging your taste in music…not only is it completely off topic, but no one cares.

Have a great day!

Ripley

September 14th, 2009
12:23 pm

And now I will go back to killing Aliens….pew, pew, pew…

Hunter of MILFs

September 14th, 2009
12:26 pm

@Becky

I care deeply….don’t listen to JoeV.

confused

September 14th, 2009
12:27 pm

Becky, thanks. I have a 17 year old who listens to country, pop, rock, rap, and r&b. My child doesn’t listen to much Taylor Swift, but likes her okay. I never heard any of Taylor’s songs until she sung last night. She not bad, but I’ve heard better. But, there’s always someone better. She in fact better than some others I’ve heard. I agree that she’s more for the tweens. As for Lady Gaga you have to have a taste for her. She a great talent in a strange way. Like you I have to ask about a lot of artists. There must be something about them if they can be as successful as they are. Overall, we all have our likes & dislikes. We just need to respect each other’s choices.

confused

September 14th, 2009
12:29 pm

@ lakerat, obviously so do you. And you’re the only one arguing.

Why oh Why?!

September 14th, 2009
12:32 pm

I do believe that MTV is culpable. Had it been some random fan that tried to get on stage they would have stopped that person immediately. They allowed him to go up there knowing his history and knowing that he had been drinking.

And no MTV rarely plays music anymore. It, like all of the other music channels that they own, mostly airs these stupid reality shows that serve no purpose other than dumbing down the audience. Green Day said it best when they won: MTV start playing more music videos.

Not a Kanye Fan

September 14th, 2009
12:49 pm

You would think that after displaying such behaviour on numerous occasions that he would be banned from ever appearing on live television. He clearly has some issues that need to be addressed and being in denial is only making matters worst. Maybe they should add a category for ignorance, but I’m sure that he would somehow be proud of that as well.

appalled @ john

September 14th, 2009
12:53 pm

john, regardless of how you feel about him, that comment was mega disrespectful. way more so then what he did last night. for shame.

Call it Like It Is

September 14th, 2009
12:53 pm

Why was this Racist Moron allowed on the stage?

This guy slammed Bush without a slap on the hand and now this!

This no talent bum should be banned and made to apologize.

Enough Said!

appalled @ john

September 14th, 2009
12:54 pm

well said denise

Call it Like It Is

September 14th, 2009
12:56 pm

Hey Denise,

Wilson apologized for telling the truth about the Socialist Racist President.

Where is the mass media outcry on this issue?

Who cares what this Racist no talent bum thinks?

What a loser!

Enough Said!

appalled @ john

September 14th, 2009
1:00 pm

whew. the world really hasn’t changed has it? glad man doesn’t have a heaven or hell to put me in.

Busta Rhymes

September 14th, 2009
1:05 pm

Isn’t this the same dude who said Bush hates black people? Isn’t this racist behavior? No wonder white people are fed up with all this balck racism! West is just another black thug that continues the perception of racism being acceptable among blacks but outrageous from whites. People like West will continue to promote racism and it will never change with behavior like his.

BB

September 14th, 2009
1:08 pm

THE HATERS HAVE ARRIVED (Call it Like It Is) Let’s just all leave and maybe they will go away.

unemployed black peoples

September 14th, 2009
1:14 pm

whys yalls be hatin on kanye????? he just be representin its tough on da brothas out there yall dont know what it like to be black. kanye spokes da truth !

Atlanta_Tiger_Fan

September 14th, 2009
1:17 pm

He’s a no-class thug and should be banned form ever appearing on ANY awards show or public forum!!!

Becky

September 14th, 2009
1:29 pm

JoeV, go on back and hide behind you Mothers apron..I know that this is a public blog, but I was talking to confused..

Hunter of MILF’s thank you..

@confused..Glad to hear that your child listens to all types of muisc..Music should be just that, there shouldn’t be a type of music for blacks, whites, pink or green..If you like it, that should be enough..I tried (and failed) to get my nieces to listen to what they call “old people” music..Anything over 5 years old and that was what they called it..

is the lakerat that is posting today our regular lakerat? I don’t think that sounds like the person that we are used to on here..

JoeV

September 14th, 2009
1:33 pm

Touchy Becky? Hide behind my mother’s apron? What does that even mean?

Tiffany

September 14th, 2009
1:33 pm

@ MomtoAlex&Max: Are you for real? Hannah Montana- AKA Miley Cyrus is HARDLY a “bubble head” as you call her, and excuse me, but calling the Jonas Brothers “idiots who peddle their religion like snake oil”…???? Do you even know who these people are? The Jonas Brothers are extremely talented young men who by the way are EXCELLENT role models…you should be proud that your kids listen to them. And as for Miley Cyrus/Hannah Montana- she is super talented and a very down to earth teenage girl who by comparison to other young entertainers is also an AWESOME role model. She sings, acts, writes music, makes tons of money and contributes to her family and others…she is hardly a “bubble head”.

RS

September 14th, 2009
1:36 pm

HOW COME NO ONE MADE THIS MUCH FUSS ABOUT THE PRESIDENT BEING HACKLED!

LET ME BOO MY BOSS WHILE AT A SHARES HOLDERS MEETING AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS TO ME.

I SHOULD CARE ABOUT THIS….WHY.

Sug

September 14th, 2009
1:52 pm

The Jonas brothers DO NOT have talent…..they are just another flash in the pan boy band, and will NOT be around in 5 years……..

Remember Britney Spears? Another flash in the pan……
Miley Cyrus talented? oh please, another flash in the pan…….they only reason she is popular is from over exposure………

Soulfinger

September 14th, 2009
1:54 pm

This is so sad. I have no idea why people still take Kanye West seriously. I think what he did was so tacky and disrespectful. I have no idea who the fudge Taylor Swift is but I know she didnt deserve to have her moment in the sunshine to be tainted by the likes of Kanye “crybaby” West. To make this about race is just a ploy to create division in a nation where most want to come together. This cannot be a black thing since Beyonce who saved the day is black herself. And if roles were reversed…Axl Rose snatched the mic out of B’s hand to say whatever woulda been frowned upon by me just the same. As far as role models go, I agree with a lot of what was already said. Its not up to folks on TV to provide your children with guidence, that’s a parents job. There are lots of great “role models” on TV but kids should know the difference between real life and tv land.

T-Bone

September 14th, 2009
1:55 pm

Kanye = Black Trash!

Sick of It

September 14th, 2009
1:57 pm

These comments are ridiculous… I watched the VMAs and thought it was completely out of line, and yes, obviously Kanye is OOC. I was just as “outraged” as the next person, but honestly, it’s time to let this go. Most of the comments on here are ridiculous… how you go from some celebrity being rude and disrespectful to philosophizing on the “proper” way to raise children is beyond me. Maybe it’s time that we all stop clicking the “Entertainment” tab (myself included) on our news sites and start focusing our energies on the current state of affairs in our country, from the economy to race relations to health care reform. I shudder to think what kind of REAL movement and progression could be made in our country if we all got so hyped up and outraged over political issues and reform as we do about Kanye disrespecting Taylor Swift or Rihanna’s domestic violence issues or Brad and Angelina adopting another child. Use it as a distraction but don’t get consumed by it. I’m just sayin.

jcatl

September 14th, 2009
2:04 pm

She should have given him the forearm shiver.

lakerat

September 14th, 2009
2:05 pm

@Becky

Yep it’s me.

jcatl

September 14th, 2009
2:09 pm

Sorry, today people are still paying attention to the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Who.

In 40 years no one will remember Miley Cyrus, the Jonas Brothers or Kanye West.

Daniel Carver

September 14th, 2009
2:11 pm

WAKE UP WHITE PEOPLE!

I got a nice tree waitin’ for Kanye up her in North Georgia..

JoeV

September 14th, 2009
2:15 pm

The “V” stands for “Vagina.”

Tiffany

September 14th, 2009
2:20 pm

Sorry, Sug, you are wrong. Compared to the so called Boy Bands- the Jonas Brothers have tons of talent. They actually write their own songs and play their own instruments. Miley probably earns more than anyone these days from one of her tours and cd sales…and oh yeah, last I heard Britney was doing pretty well, too. She’s been busy with this thing called a World Tour…

raja

September 14th, 2009
2:24 pm

The Truth here is the truth

Taylor Swift have two different albums on billboard top 200

Fearless rank #9 on the charts 43 weeks
Taylor Swift rank #47 on the charts 150 weeks

Beyonce I….am Sash Fierce #49 on the charts 42 weeks

Kanye West nothing in the Top 200

Taylor have more #1 hits from her albumn than Beyonce and sold more

She did all this with her clothes on. She deserve this and some.

Tiffany

September 14th, 2009
2:28 pm

Sorry, Sug, you are wrong. Compared to the so called Boy Bands- the Jonas Brothers have tons of talent and they are very gay.

HB

September 14th, 2009
2:28 pm

“They actually write their own songs and play their own instruments.”

So did Hanson.

Sug

September 14th, 2009
2:39 pm

HA HA HA HA HA HA HB that was good!!!!! Hanson Who????

And Tiffany, the Jonas brothers are gay????

Denise

September 14th, 2009
3:08 pm

Yes, Wilson apologized but he never should have done it in the first place. Same as Kanye. He apologized to. Not because he’s repentant but because he got called out. I suspect that Wilson did it for the same reason.

The reason Kanye’s foolishness is not garnering as much media outcry like Wilson’s foolishness is because Kanye doesn’t matter in the grand scheme of things and neither does Taylor Swift, no matter how angry I am on her behalf. Barack Obama is the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES! Anything that has anything to do with HIM is a bigger deal than anything Kanye’s dumb ass can do.

Apathy

September 14th, 2009
3:14 pm

My balls itch.

Soulfinger

September 14th, 2009
3:14 pm

jack.5656

September 14th, 2009
3:16 pm

Isn’t approaching 40 a little old to be watching the VMA’s? Will the topic tomorrow be about The Real World or Road Rules? There were TWO notable interruptions during the last week…and THIS is the one that gets it’s own headline? Teresa…SERIOUSLY?

nurse&mother

September 14th, 2009
3:16 pm

Very well spoken Patrick!

Hypocrites Stand Down

September 14th, 2009
3:19 pm

Why did this turn into a conversation about how Black people act? What does the actions of a very rich Entertainer who is black, and the actions of a very rich entertainer who is white have to do with anything except for their actions? This is entertainment. Every year, something “happens” to cause a stir at the VMA’s, and every year, people gather around the tv to she the Train Wreck of the year! If he hadnt’ done it, what would you all be talking about. A few things about Kanye West: 1) He is not now, nor was never from the Ghetto, nor a thug? His mother was a university professor and he is highly intelligent, even if he does not show it that’s not part of his stage persona. 2) Kanye is a multi-millionaire, who’s greatest talent does not lie infront of the mic, but behind the mic, as a producer, and believe me, nobody is going to turn down the opportunity to be produced by him…..NOT EVEN TAYLOR SWIFT! 3) It was show business folks…… Get over it, shows make ratings by viewers, viewers watch for the drama…….and 4) Taylor Swift handled the situation gracefully on the spot. Beyonce is a lady, and did what a “Lady” would do, it was unfortunate that when she was confronted with such grace as Beyonce showed her, she couldn’t remember to say thank you…… So let’s not talk about breeding or upbringing, all children are taught to say that when someone does something for you!!!!!!

HAY!

September 14th, 2009
3:25 pm

@Hypocrites Stand Down

If I had the opportunity to be produced by Kanye West I would most assuredly turn it down. Puff Daddy/PDiddy/Whatever he wants to call himself this week he is not.

Captain Obvious

September 14th, 2009
3:37 pm

@Hypocrites Stand Down

The fact that she did or did not say thank you is irrelevant. BTW…You have no idea what went down unless you were actually there. The fact is, Taylor shouldn’t have had to say thank you to anybody but her fans.

Bruce

September 14th, 2009
3:50 pm

I agree with Faith. I don’t allow my daughter to have any entertainer as a role model. How can she model herself after someone she only sees on tv. She only see any entainer maybe 2% of the their life. I mean I would atleast like for her to pick someone she sees and is able to interact with to be her role model. Now if she was to be a singer and wants to seeing like someone that is fine.

Dr. Horrible

September 14th, 2009
3:51 pm

I think “Taylor” should have given “Kanye” a Swift kick in the balls.

?

September 14th, 2009
3:59 pm

wow REALLY. Black ppl like that are so freakin ignorant. Get a life stupid fool.

raja

September 14th, 2009
4:49 pm

Taylor Swift has two different albums on billboard top 200

Fearless rank #9 on the charts 43 weeks
Taylor Swift rank #47 on the charts 150 weeks

Beyonce I….am Sash Fierce #49 on the charts 42 weeks

Kanye West nothing in the Top 200

Taylor did all this with her clothes on.

PJ

September 14th, 2009
5:34 pm

I didn’t see the awards, because I quit watching MTV over a decade ago, but I read about the incident this morning. This seems to be right in line with everything I read about Kanye West. It seems like every time he makes news it’s for doing something rude and disrespectful: the “Bush hates white people” line, his sour grapes outburst at another award show when his video that “cost a million dollars” didn’t win, keeping the Bonnaroo audience waiting way longer than he should have for his show. Does the man ever actually perform, or does he just travel around to high profile events to get attention and make an a$$ of himself?

Despite all his famous outbursts and insults, this time he may actually suffer some consequences. This time, he embarrassed a very popular and powerful R&B artist who also happens to be married to one of the most powerful moguls in the hip-hop music business. This time, Kanye showed that he is not just rude, classless, immature, and full of himself — he’s also a fool.

Both Taylor Swift and Beyonce’ showed grace and poise in their responses. I think it’s very appropriate to point that out to children and youth who saw the incident. Both ladies showed how to rise above a bad situation and not let yourself be dragged down by a rude, classless buffoon who craves attention.

A lot of attention has been paid to the fact that he stole Taylor’s big moment, which he obviously did. He also stole Beyonce’s big moment. She won the top award of the night and felt compelled to relinquish her time and the spotlight to Taylor. I have a feeling Mr. West will live to regret that.

Jonnyboy

September 14th, 2009
5:36 pm

Come on is anyone surprised by this? Look at the culprit. Enough said. When is the community going to wake up and start making those thugs pay?

Jonnyboy

September 14th, 2009
5:37 pm

Isn’t he the *ss clown that suggested Bush was racist? How does that shoe fit West?

Jonnyboy

September 14th, 2009
5:42 pm

RS so are you condoning it? If so you are such a hypocrite. It doesn’t matter if he is black or white this kind of thing is unacceptable. And how do you know there wasn’t outrage with the President? So why is it you don’t care….maybe cause she is white? Keep perpetuating that thought base.

Jonnyboy

September 14th, 2009
5:45 pm

Hypocritc stand down said: “he is highly intelligent”, I think that is debatable…better yet I think that is out and out incorrect!

Jonnyboy

September 14th, 2009
5:47 pm

Hypocrites Stand Down sorry I did not read the rest of your drivel. You can not be serious? People like you are what is wrong with this world. Scary.

Soulfinger

September 14th, 2009
5:50 pm

Disrespect and bad behavior comes in all shapes, sizes, and COLORS.

ray

September 14th, 2009
5:55 pm

i find this interesting, that we have more people outraged by what Kanye West did what than what the congressman done, but this is the country we live in, both were very disrespecful, but nobody is giving Kanye West an ad-a-boy, the they did the congressman….he is a hero to a lot of people for doing that to the president…. I wonder what you child thinks of that role model….So if Kanye’s a thug, he and Wilson are brothers….

RH

September 14th, 2009
5:55 pm

Bruce, Faith … how do you “not allow” your children to have Entertainers as role models? Are you that clueless as a parent that you think your kids have no idea who these people are, follow them, and try to emulate them? Parents have not been able to control their kids since the days of Elvis, so how in the World do you think you have the magical parental touch? All “helicopter parents” that think you have some sort of hold on your children are in for a big disappointment!

Uga

September 14th, 2009
5:57 pm

I hate Ignorant black ppl. they are so annoying and always want attention

The Truth

September 14th, 2009
5:58 pm

“what if Axl Rose snatched the mic out of B’s hand to say whatever”, this would not happen he is not a thug! How many times have you seen a white person do this? I am still waiting, please don’t confuse the issue. This stuff happens more often then not when blacks are involved. That is why you are getting these type of replies. Does that mean the whole black community is like this? NO, but the ratio’s are higher for this group. Come on people time to call this what it is and stand up for your race (I am talking to Blacks). Call this clown and brothers of his ilk out. That is the only way to move forward.

The Truth

September 14th, 2009
6:02 pm

Soulfinger
Disrespect and bad behavior comes in all shapes, sizes, and COLORS.

You are so right but that is kind of like passing the buck wouldn’t you say. So we just say hey everyone does it so it doesn’t matter?

1sus

September 14th, 2009
7:32 pm

Someone should have tackled Kanye in the middle of his ridiculous comments! Good for Beyonce and her comments about remembering being a young performer winning and then giving Taylor Swift her time to accept the award.

deidre_NC

September 14th, 2009
8:11 pm

wow…this sure got off topic lol…to D-you said god bless america…he did and look what we did with his blessings….
to MJG-i wish i lived in atlanta id love to have lunch with you…i love having conversations with intelligent people who actually have opinions and stuff :)…
as for role models…i never let my kids watch roseanne until they were old enough to not be influenced…those peiople were the most sarcastic bunch of people to each other…as an adult i have to admit some of it was funny…but it got old..i cant stand people to be so mean…there is no excuse for it…so any people i favored as role models for my kids were people who were nice-honest….people who liked to read and learn new things-people who made it through adversity-those kids of people…most were just people we knew…not famous people on tv…i know they have adverssity in their lives, but face it..most of what we hear of their adversity is how hard it is for them to stay sane when making millions of dollars…geeze—or how botox injections messed up their faces…i always tried to make my kids be satisfied with what they are born with…their intelligent levels..make the most of that…be able to carry on a decent conversation with people–be able to form their own opinions..even if no one agrees….be honest-have integrity…are kids even taught those things anymore? those are the kids of people i tried to steer my kids to.

sure hope we get back to a more normal mommania tomorrow….im off work for 2 days (this is my tgif!!) so i have plenty of time to hang out and post…

and to the person who dissed theresa about the topic..go back and read what the topic was…it wasnt meant to be how it ended up…

Denise

September 14th, 2009
9:35 pm

Here is a link to an article on Kanye and Wilson’s outburts. Suggests that they were scripted.

http://hiphopandpolitics.wordpress.com/2009/09/14/the-phony-corporate-sponsored-disruptions-outburst-of-kanye-west-joe-wilson/

1911A1

September 15th, 2009
9:27 am

The guy’s a drunk who got his brains (and apparently his self-control) from a bottle of cognac. “Stupid is as stupid does.”

There is entirely too much worship of celebrities, simply because they are celebs. Look (if you dare) in the checkout lines for proof. Remember back in the day, when “Entertainment Tonight” covered actual careers and projects by actors/musicians, etc? Now it’s just gossip. Most celebs are tortured, miserable yet talented people who are expertly packaged and marketed by those who stand to profit from celebrity worship.

I must agree with what other posters have said: kids need real people – teachers, coaches, pastors, etc. – as role models, not some coddled, dysfunctional person who happens to be famous.

History of Health Insurance

September 15th, 2009
10:48 am

RS — Obama and the Senator work for the PEOPLE….not each other. The Senators job is to represent his consituants. That said he was out of line to use that forum to redicule the President. His mama probably did teach him better and if alive wants to knock him upside the head.

The Rappers comments were no more racial than Sen. Wilson’s. BOTH were WRONG WRONG WRONG for what they did and how they did it. I do not believe race was a motivator in either case.

ABC said that the President called the Kayne an a$$….well he did show his rear. Plus, I respect the President more if he actually did call the guy that.

Denise

September 15th, 2009
2:14 pm

Captain Obvious, if Taylor Swift did not thank BEYONCE for giving up HER moment then she is wrong. Beyonce had no obligation to give Taylor the spotlight. She chose to because she’s classy but she didn’t have to. When someone does something for you that they don’t have to do, you say thank you.

Warrior and Mom

September 16th, 2009
1:27 am

I know that Kanye would have sustained some injuries if he had done that at the CMAs. It must be hard for him to understand that the attraction of Taylor Swift is her wholesome image, and she’s not in the ‘ganster’ thug genre music he creates. Country is mainstream…even Hootie has gone country.

Rap offends me, and I don’t let my kids watch any videos unless I have first seen it. I usually do watch CMT…videos. My girls are 10 and 11. They like Taylor Swift because she is genuine herself, writes her own songs, doesn’t have a parent pushing her career–ie Miley, and doesn’t have to go around “pretending and lying” like Miley does on Hannah Montana.

Denise Edmondson

September 16th, 2009
2:33 pm

Kanye’s remark was so racist! U can dish it out, but u cant take it?

shianne

January 9th, 2010
7:57 pm

hi i know that i am not a perent but beleve me she is verry much a good roll model for kidz!!!!

Richard

February 14th, 2010
1:35 am

why would you let your 6 year old and 8 old watch mtv…they shouldn’t be looking up to katie perry at age 6, turn off the tv and spend time with your kid