Not everything is black & white

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The infamous Kanye West is at it again. At the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, 19-year -old Taylor Swift won the award for Best Female Video. She beat out other top artists such as Pink, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga and the great Beyoncé.

However, while she was giving her acceptance speech and thanking loyal West made his way to the stage and the microphone out of her hands.

He proceeded to say, “Taylor, really happy for you, and I’m gonna you finish, but Beyoncé had one of best videos of all time.”

He handed the mic back to Swift and calmly walked off the stage, leaving her stunned and speechless. She just stood there not knowing what to do or say for a minute until being escorted off.

It was not the first time West had pulled a stunt like this. He has a history of tantrums going back to 2004. But one of his most memorable outbursts occurred in 2005 when he declared “George about black people.”

He is a very talented performer and has sold millions of albums, but his antics are simply unacceptable at times. He is an arrogant artist who reverts back to a child when things don’t go his way.

His behavior is terrible, but the man is consistent. Since he came onto the music scene, he has annually caused some sort of disruption at an awards show.

After the MTV awards show, West’s latest act was all over the news, Facebook and in the mouths of anyone who watched the VMA’s. Some artists who were in attendance updated their Twitter accounts calling West names that should not be repeated.

Yes, West is not the sharpest tool in the shed, and he tends to make irrational decisions. But what I don’t understand is why some people are making it a racial incident.

As I read through comments of how people felt about what happened, there were an alarming number of posts that read, “porch monkey. We should hang him,” and “just another n*****.” And they got worse.

Who are these people? Why is it that when a black person wrongs a white person, it’s assumed that racism was involved? His actions were inexcusable; he was disrespectful and that was a rude thing to do. But he certainly didn’t do it because Swift was white. He simply thought Beyoncé’s video was better. In fact, she ended up receiving an award for having the video of the year. Obviously, he chose the wrong place and time to express his opinion.

West was a jerk for stealing Swift’s moment, but he’s just a jerk who happens to be black. That’s no reason to fly off the handle and make racial remarks; let’s be smart about these things.

The next night he was scheduled to perform on The Jay Leno Show. Before his performance, he sat down with Leno to talk about what happened. He sincerely expressed how sorry he and realized how rudely he had behaved. When Leno asked how his late mother would feel about the incident, he almost broke down in tears.

Clearly he is not an animal and is doing what he can to make things right. But the next time something like this happens, let’s not be so quick to bring out the whips and chains.

Author: Joseph Warren

Joseph is a senior communication major from Humble, Texas, as well as the assistant sports editor. He took a year off from Cru soccer, but he is back with the team to play his final year. He is a big music lover who is always up for a good, live show.

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