Pop-Culture | Posted by Julie Z on 09/21/2009
TaySwift v. Kanye
So, I didn’t actually see the epic show down between Kanye and Taylor Swift. The VMA’s aren’t really my thing. But you better believe I youtubed it as soon as humanly possible and came up with this:
And I get that everybody was pissed off on behalf of Taylor Swift. I mean, what a terrible situation. There you are, thinking this is a great moment in your career, and then this asshole comes on stage and not only insults you, but leaves you in front of an audience of millions, just standing there. I mean What. The. Hell. Kanye, that sucks.
But I mean, Kanye has proven that he’s a jerk before. Remember in 2006 at the EMAs when his ‘Touch the Sky’ video lost Best Video? He crashed the stage during the winners’ acceptance speech as well, and told people that his video “cost a million dollars” and “had Pam Anderson” in it, so it deserved to win. The video of that lovely moment’s right here. (fast forward to about 1:06).
And that’s when I started to wonder. Is this Kanye being an egotistical jerk again? Or does this have deeper implications about gender?
I really liked Jessica Hopper’s take on this whole situation. As she put it, this is another instance of:
That guy who pops up and unsolicited, tells you YOU ARE DOING IT WRONG, MISSY. I have seen it happen at shows–some other bands manager or sound guy or another guy in a band will–not even knowing your band’s situation, values, training–pummel you with advice and an opinion about the right way to do what you are doing.
I do think that at the very least, what Kanye did was douchebaggery at its finest. But beyond the basic asshole behavior, I think it was a masculine, egotistical thing. Of course there are women like this too, who like to tell you what to do and how to do it. But I think more often than not guys have that inherent reassurance that their opinion is correct, and that you obviously want them to impart their pearls of wisdom. Girls definitely doubt their opinions more. At least enough to NOT share our opinion on what JUST happened with millions of people at a completely inappropriate time, humiliating someone who in reality had no control over what happened. No…not many girls would go there, I don’t think.
So I must admit, I am torn. Did Kanye do this because he is a douchebag influenced by the way society makes it more appropriate for men to share (ahem, force) their opinions on others…or just because he’s a douchebag? Truly a question for the ages.
But then Taylor Swift’s response on The View. Another reason why I seriously like her.
And this is completely unrelated.
But all together now:
LADY GAGA: WHAT THE !@#$@#%#$???????
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