Those attempting to equate Congressman Joe Wilson's "You lie!" outburst to the outrages of Serena Williams and Kanye West are missing the mark. He was rude, and no, he oughtn't have done it – there. Let us understand clearly the distinction. <?xml:namespace prefix = ns0 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />
At the semifinals of the U.S. Open tennis tournament in
She was on the A-list before, and on the A-list she remains.
On the MTV Video Music Awards, 17-year-old country singer Taylor Swift was giddily accepting an award when boneheaded rapper Kanye West mounted the stage and ambushed her in pro
If Joe Wilson had jumped up to the podium during an Obama speech to Congress, stolen the microphone from the president, and suggested his election was a serious mistake? You envision the consequences. But Kanye West can be a serial abuser of the microphone at public events, and he remains a star.
It started at the 2004 American Music Awards, where West stomped out of the arena after hearing he lost the Best New Artist award to Gretchen Wilson, like Taylor Swift a white country singer. (Racism, anyone?) He later told reporters he was "definitely robbed." At the 2006 MTV Europe Music Awards in
But West's highest-flying flameout came during a 2005 NBC Red Cross fundraising concert special for victims of Hurricane Katrina. Standing next to comedian Mike Myers, West blurted out that "George Bush doesn't care about black people," and "America is set up to help the poor, black people, the less well-off, as slow as possible," and that lawmen have been given "permission to go down and shoot us.”
NBC was mortified -- but made excuses. Matt Lauer declared West's outbursts were "part of the American way of life." The NBC brass even quickly booked West on “Saturday Night Live” to laugh it off and rehabilitate his image.
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An “art form”? Spare me.
Unlike with his Katrina babbling, no one is cheering Kanye West for his la
Here's the dirty little secret. MTV likes what West did. He's their very own Dennis Rodman. It's time the networks were held responsible for the outrages of their stars.
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